Voiceless Victim is a survivor of years of child sexual abuse by a Catholic cleric.
Disgusted by the Catholic Church’s cover up of this issue, in 2008 Voiceless Victim reported her abuser to the police. He was arrested and charged in 2009, and faced court on a monthly basis in pre-trial preparations. The church funded lawyers applied to have him declared not fit to stand trial. Unfortunately a second psychological assessment (which may or may not have been truly independent) agreed, and the charges were dropped by prosecutors, who were having severe budget problems at the time. This was despite multiple eyewitness to his abuse being ready to testify.
In 2010 he walked out of court, scot free, unable to be tried for any of his past thousands of child sex crimes, or even for any similar crimes he may commit in the future. He was surrounded by a posse of catholic supporters, laughing and patting him on the back in congratulations, treating him like a hero for successfully escaping justice and keeping their dirty little secrets. While Voiceless Victim hid up the back of the court, scared, alone and unsupported as she had always been.
Before he left, Voiceless Victim, who had been training with her counsellor to be able to be in the same room as this predator who made her childhood a misery and left her damaged and terrified by his countless attacks, came face to face with this deceitful child sex criminal and asked him, “I hope you’re proud of yourself?”
Dozens of other victims of this predator are unable to speak up publicly. Some asked the Catholic Church for help years ago and were ignored, bullied, ordered to leave the parish and treated as the problem. No-one listened to them. No-one did anything to relieve their suffering, but many “good Catholics” and “good priests” instead took deliberate actions to make their suffering worse.
The criminal who abused them was moved interstate, had his name changed and was inflicted upon a new, unsuspecting community. He is still treated with respect, supported financially and protected from justice, while his innocent child victims continue to suffer, alone and unsupported, as a result of the Catholic Church’s mercenary policy of cover-up and neglect.
Where is he now? Church officials refuse to reveal his whereabouts. The official who covered up for him in 1996 has a prestigious posting at the UN in New York. The official obstructed police and protected him from justice in 2008/9/10 is now the international head of his order. Another official, the one who knows the most about his decades long reign of terror refused for 18 months to speak to police and has been rewarded with an official honour, an OAM or Order of Australia Medal for services to covering up child sex crimes.
Voiceless asked that this man who pursued her, tracked her down, and finally trapped her where she could not escape and then sexually abused her for six long years now declares he cannot remember who she is. Strangely enough, before the police came knocking on his door, he was an active and full participant in the life of his community. He turned into a frail and doddering old man overnight. I wonder, now he knows he can reoffend as much as he likes and will never be held accountable for past or future crimes, whether he is an active participant and predator once more?
Voiceless Victim speaks up on this topic because so many are too damaged to speak for themselves.
And some, tragically, never made it to adulthood. Or died far too soon, leaving devastated families behind.
Voiceless Victim will happily shut up about this issue as soon as the Catholic Church hands over the evidence, acts to help victims recover, to protect children in the future, to bring criminals and their enablers to justice and to expose the conspiracy to cover up these crimes.
Under the current hierarchy, this will never happen voluntarily.
They are all too personally guilty and have too much to lose to ever give in.
The Catholic Church is expert at pretending things have changed and stealing other people’s compassionate words to use for their own deceitful purposes. Any current claims that the Church is helping victims, assisting police investigations, interested in justice, acting responsibly to protect children, co-operating with official inquiries or sorry for past actions are still empty, hypocritical lies.
And extremely insulting to victims.
Voiceless Victim no longer personally comes up against the Catholic child sexual abuse cover up on a daily basis. Her own case has ended, like so many others, most unsatisfactorily and with a complete denial of justice.
But Voiceless Victim now works with other victims and hears tales of horrific abuse and brutal re-abuse that bring her to tears, and make her determined to do whatever she can to help, and to not stop fighting until the truth is accepted, victims are helped to recover and real child protection policies, not the PR stunts by church officials, are in place to protect all children from these monsters in clerical disguise.
Voiceless Victim has realised that she could let her past, and her denial of justice defeat her. Or she could fight for justice, and help prevent others from suffering as she did.
After being a downtrodden, silenced victim all her life, Voiceless Victim has become a fighter.
The truth is her weapon.
And now, after many refusals by our politicians to do anything about this issue, we finally have a national Royal Commission devoted to getting to the truth, and making changes to ensure this never happens again.
After a few hours of celebration of the victory, the real work begins……