Safe boundaries key to protecting younger generations
There are signs of hope that the Catholic Church can appropriately self-monitor, if they take the issue of child sexual abuse seriously. St. Patrick’s church in Kansas City has an unfortunate history of child abuse. St. Patrick’s is not the only church with a murky history, and as the past cannot be changed, it is important to focus on prevention in the future.
The Archdiocese was sued by 32 plaintiffs in 2014, and after that adopted standard best practices to safeguard children. And now we have evidence of people following those practices and protecting children. Despite there being no laws broken or criminal activity having occurred this time around, proper preventative steps were taken by the church. A parishioner had been placed on a “safety plan” back in 2009, which restricted him from having verbal contact with persons under the age of 21. Even though this man did not verbally or physically abuse any children, he broke the rules of his plan when he agreed to let a few children help him clean up after a “coffee and theology” meeting.
Following this occurrence, he has since been asked to never participate or return to the diocese. This case is a prime example that a zero tolerance attitude can be effective in preventing child abuse. When it comes to abuse prevention for our future generations, there is no room for leeway. It is important to note that abuse can happen to anybody at any time, and churches with a clean history should not be provided with anymore trust than those who have had a history of abuse. “Safe boundaries” work, and should be implemented in all diocese across the nation. If the church truly cares about protecting its youth, than systems should be put in place to prevent abuse no matter the history of that particular diocese.
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
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