Hurt by Abuse?
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission produced a leaflet intended for victims of abuse, recognising their needs and encouraging them to come forward. The leaflet grew out of a recommendation from the Cumberlege Report i.e. Recommendation 53 which states:
"The Church should encourage those who have been abused by someone working in the name of the Church to come forward and disclose the abuse."
The essence of this recommendation has been reflected in statements from both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis emphasising the priority to be given to victims and survivors of abuse.
The leaflet was approved at a meeting of the Bishops Conference in 2012. The recently revised version is available in your parish and via your Parish Safeguarding Representative and also as a pdf download here.
A Time to Listen
This is part of Bishop's initiative to improve the way that the Diocese responds to, and engages with, victims and survivors of abuse. Bishop Peter Doyle is available to meet with anyone affected by abuse, as a victim, survivor, their families or supporters, where private discussions can take place in a safe and non judgmental environment. Bishop Peter has ensured that he is able to meet with people affected by abuse on a bi-monthly basis or more frequently, depending on your request. These sessions can be accessed through our safeguarding office on 01604 723514 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a special Mass at St Mary's Woburn Sands for victims, survivors and anyone affected on 12th October 2019 at 12pm, followed by light refreshments in the parish hall. The parish hall will be open between 11.30am-3pm. You may wish to join us for the Mass and refreshments afterwards when Bishop Peter will be with us or just come to the Mass or simply spend time in the parish hall. Please see poster here.
Grief to Grace
Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those who are the victims of a member of the clergy. For more information, please visit: https://www.grieftograceuk.org/.
The Truth Project
The Truth Project allows victims
and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of our
offices across England or Wales to share their experience with a member of the
Inquiry. Their accounts are not tested, challenged, or contradicted. The
information supplied is anonymised and will be considered by the Chair and
Panel members when reaching their conclusions and making recommendations for
the future. As part of the Truth Project, victims and survivors will be given
an opportunity to write a message to be published together with the Inquiry’s
annual reports. To find our more please visit The Truth Project Website.