This year is the first Christmas that Australian victims of clergy child sexual abuse live in a country that no longer ignores our suffering, that recognises that what was done to us constitutes serious crimes that deserve investigation, and intends to do something about it.
We are yet to see what that something will be.
We will be able to assess just how serious is this desire to deliver justice when the Terms of Reference of our national Royal Commission, and the names of the Commissioners, are announced early in the new year.
Between now and then, have a peaceful first Christmas living in a country that gives a damn about the routine sexual exploitation of children by serial predators in clerical garb.
And to those, including myself, who have difficult family relationships, because of or affected by their abuse, don’t forget your fellow victims are your other family and will be happy to reach out to you and offer you a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on, and a hug if you want one, in your hour, or hours, of need.
Have a calm and relaxing Christmas break.
I look forward to an exciting, revealing, and emotional, but hopefully encouraging new year, in this brave new world where the Royal Commission we were told so many times would never happen, begins its important work.
At this time more than any other, please stay safe everyone.
Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need someone to talk to.