All over the world, denunciations of sexual abuse against the Catholic Church are coming in. All over Quebec, victims are emerging from the shadows. With courage and emotion, they testify to the abuses suffered during childhood, and to the ever-present wound. Based on several surveys, experts report on the situation.
Children and teens abused by members of the clergy face dire consequences that will follow them for decades. All agree that speaking up is the first step towards healing. In Quebec, Nathalie Simard has inspired many victims to break the silence and finally denounce their abuser.
For victims of the Church, the best way to obtain reparation remains a united front. In several dioceses, class actions are emerging thanks to the hard work of the petitioners and their lawyers. At the same time, the abolition of the limitation period constitutes a major advance for sexual assault cases.
Clergy abuse survivors report on the progress of their legal and reconstruction efforts. In the company of various church representatives, possible solutions are explored. Victims and activists are in favour of a public inquiry, which would lift the veil on the extent of the problem.
Marie Christine Pouliot
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