The scandal is, that each victim must face a public trial that is cruel and almost voyeuristic. If a CSA survivor has been in the care of proven psychopaths, they should be automatically compensated, rather than tortured further with painful memories. The Catholic Church in Ireland have admitted liability for the behaviour of the Sisters of Mercy, without victims having to go through the ordeal of years of litigation and a trial. Its time for the Catholic Church to make amends worldwide.
Now would be a good time for Pope Francis to make reparation to those who suffered at the hands of those employed by the Catholic Church. Compensating victims without the need for them to go to trial makes good economic sense and shows genuine remorse from the Vatican. They could do with some good publicity.
Meanwhile, I'm so excited to tell all my lovely friends,readers and those who pop in now and again, that my book Cry and You Cry Alone goes on sale all in the USA and Canada on April 1st. Please do look out for it, its release in North America is a lifelong dream!
Since I have told my story, many more have come forward, and there is an active campaign going on here in the UK to get to the bottom of the past abuse.
It was as recently as 2010 that I took the Catholic Church to Court and my story is one that may soon be faced by many globally as they face the decision on whether to make a claim for compensation. Part of my reason for telling my story, is to make others aware of what they face, its only fair.