Vatican Announces Changes in Sex Abuse Policies, Still Not Enough
July 15, 2010
Rome (ChattahBox) – Officials at the Vatican have promised to change their procedures in order to more quickly address sexual abuse claims against priests. However, while the changes are a step in the right direction, they are not likely to be enough.
Among the announced changes are speedier investigations, as well as treating mentally ill adults sexually abused in the same way as you would a minor, upping the cap of investigation to be allowed to occur up to twenty years after a victim turns 18, and ruling child pornography as a “Church offense”.
While all of these are positive steps, they seem to be ways of issuing slight changes without dealing with the real issue about investigation: the secrecy maintained within the Catholic Church on such matters.
According to the BBC, victim advocacy group Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP) agrees.
“[It is] like attacking at an elephant with a pea-shooter when the elephant is almost out of range. Even if these new guidelines are obeyed, their impact on the ongoing crisis is likely to be insignificant,” an official statement said.
The common practice of covering up sexual abuse by priests has reached all the way up to the Pope. The Vatican has yet to take full responsibility for the thousands of children raped, molested and beaten over the years by staff in schools and churches all over the world.