Voice of the Faithful recognizes and respects the life-long struggle of childhood victims/survivors of sexual abuse by members of the clergy and religious in our church community. In order to protect children and advance healing and justice for victims/survivors, we will direct actions at the national, regional and local levels to:
- Reform the statutes of limitations that govern redress for victims of childhood sexual abuse and support legislation for mandatory reporting of child abuse.
- Educate ourselves and others as to the grievous impact of sexual abuse, and promote a better understanding of the epidemic of child sexual abuse in our society.
- Support and collaborate with other organizations to expand child abuse prevention education and awareness programs in both Catholic environments and the broader communities.
- Support survivors in their journey of healing by providing opportunities for survivors to share their stories, ideas and insights about the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.
New in August 2013:
Clergy Sex Abuse Bibliography
(assembled by Fr. Tom Doyle): an extensive listing of books, articles, documentaries and movies related to sex abuse from the perspectives of theology, philosophy, canon law, civil law, psychology,and more.