Like many survivors of abuse, I have led an erratic life. That I cannot commit to a relationship is a given, so too hold onto a job, or find my place in society.
These problems may sound trivial, because they don't portray the reality of job loss, or home loss, or the constant struggle to stay on the right side of sane.
Would a payment of £20,000 or £30,000 make a difference to the life of a survivor of abuse. Hell yes, just in the same way as it would to even, the most normal of households. But for a survivor, it could be the difference between life and death. It is more than hard cash, it is an acknowledgement that you were right and they were wrong. It puts the world back into some sort of perspective and be the difference between life and death.
In Ireland, claimants do not have to go through the ordeal of a trial. It is enough to prove that they were in a place where abuse occurred. In the UK, the Catholic Church spends millions fighting individual claims with such ferocity that few dare to come forward. In fact they probably spend more defending individual claims, than it would cost in compensating hundreds.
They cannot give survivors back their childhoods, but they can at least do something to help them change their futures.