Clerical sex abuse PTSD
Title: Victims of clerical sex abuse suffer from P.T.S.D. They deserve better treatment.
Author: Edwin T Collins
Publisher: America Media
Oceans of ink have been spilled about the church’s sexual abuse crisis, mostly focusing on the perpetrators and cover-ups. The magnitude of the crimes deserves attention and condemnation, but the victims should not be ignored. Their pain and long-term psychological damage cannot be undone by simply identifying and punishing the offenders, many of whom are already dead. Prayer, fasting, penance, forgiveness—some of the tools in the Catholic arsenal—are not enough to heal the wounded.
Beyond monetary settlements, little is publicly known of the victims, in part because of their understandable desire for privacy. But there is still a chance to acknowledge this community and discuss possible treatment methods that have helped others deal with trauma.