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div>Church Abuse encompasses a wide-range of immoral and unacceptable acts commonly perpetrated on kids and teens by pedophilic priests or other church members involving sexual assault of varying degrees. The sexual assault can be a one-time, non-consensual scroll barencounter or it can include several acts within an ongoing interaction. For instance, an ongoing “trusting” relationship with a child spawned by the predatory behavior of a church member, cloaked with the trust and reverence provided to a priest, leading to non-consensual sexual assault acts of molestation.
In nearly all alleged Priest or Clergy Sexual Abuse scenarios, the failure by the Church member’s superior to fully, adequately and immediately report the crime to police and other authorities, or the continuing failure to research, contend with and deal entirely with the occurrence increases the effects on the assault survivor, the community and possibly others. Current Church Sexual Abuse cases covered in the press uncover these short-comings, including “pass-the-trash” situations where the predator commonly a clergy in the Catholic Church, is silently re-assigned from one church to another merely to continue his predatory, criminal behavior on an unsuspecting parish community.
Priest and Clergy Sexual Assault & Justice
Not a week passes without a media headline coverage regarding sexual abuse and molestation of young children by predator clergy, or the effects of the assault on the survivors and their families. If you are a victim of sexual assault from a priest or other church member, these reports are most likely to act as an echo chamber, replaying the horror, shame, guilt and other unwelcome thoughts staining your well-being. Encouraged by the societal movement and other channels that encourage victims to reveal the assault they suffered, survivors of assault are increasingly employing the legal system to compensate them for the lifelong harm and injury they have suffered.
If you are a victim of assault perpetrated by a member of the church, the result of the abuse on your life and core belief system can be incalculable. Nonetheless, holding the responsible church and institutions to blame for their crimes and failures might provide a measure of justice and recompense to assault victims. Frequently, survivors can leverage their legal rights through confidential mediation thereby avoiding the need for litigation. But, if litigation is necessary, a case may be filed where the plaintiff can remain anonymous.
All predators, to varying amounts, employ predatory tactics which are commonly known as grooming, focusing on a possible abuse victim. Below is a survey of grooming behaviors used by predators who are in a position of authority relative to the subordinate young child.
Grooming is a major part of a predator’s ploy. In abused by priest Oakland California , the priest is revered as God’s representative. In this setting, the predator often works closely with small amounts of children, understanding each child’s needs, vulnerabilities and situations. Once a target is located, these vulnerabilities – like violent family setting, isolation, low self-esteem, emotional neediness, attention-seeking – can be systematically leveraged in the following ways:
An assaulter will first work to get the child’s trust. This step is most difficult to notice as religious communities are often tight-knit and personal interaction with clergy is commonplace. Here, the assaulter can pretend genuine concern in the child’s wellness and groeth – both emotional and religious.
As a predator establishes a trusting relationship with the potential target and oftentimes their family members, the child will start to rely more and more on the predator for whatever need it is that the predator is exploiting and fulfilling. The child may spend more time with the predator, feeling more and more comfortable with the relationship and counting on its stability and security. In addition to attention and affection, the possible target may receive presents from the priest, including valuable, intangible presents like blessings and special recognition.
As the grooming continues, the predator might try to isolate the potential target. This might