- The Journey from Victim to Survivor L.M. Carleton -
The word “heal” or “healing” means to cause an undesirable condition to be overcome and restore to original innocence or integrity. Healing is a journey to improve the physical and mental state and renew a person’s emotional and spiritual aspects.
Pope Francis shared 21 Reflection Points at the “Protection of Minors in the Church” meeting in the Vatican yesterday. Number 9 on increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse grabbed my attention.
Reflection Point # 9: Increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse through ongoing formation initiatives of Bishops, Religious Superiors, clerics and pastoral workers.
I thought, yes, society needs to “increase awareness of the causes and consequences of sexual abuse” and all other forms of abuse too.
That’s one of the main goals for this writing endeavor. I’ll be writing more on the causes of abuse at a later time. This post recounts the consequences of sexual abuse.