“WE CAN’T CHANGE THE PAST BUT WE CAN CONTROL THE FUTURE” These words were echoed by the Ballarat survivors from Australia on March 5 2016, while addressing the Safeguarding of Minors Diploma Class at the Gregorian University. The three came from Ballarat to Rome because they wanted to present at the hearing of Card. Pell by the Australian Royal Commission.
As a member of the Diploma Course, I was touched by what the survivors had gone through: a lot of suffering, rejection by family members and the society. One of the survivors noted that Abuse does not only affect the individual but the family, friends and the community as well, therefore healing coming forth from the community is very important and crucial.
It was saddening that people are afraid of speaking out and bringing about change. The survivors encouraged the Diploma students to create safe space for trust so that victims can open up and share when they are ready to do so. This calls for commitment on our part to foster healing for the victims and the families.
Sr. Joyce Nyagucha
CCP Diploma Student
THE MOST TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE YET NO ONE SEEMS TO BELIEVE YOU
One of the Australian survivors said, “The legal path is difficult and traumatic, the battle has destroyed survivors instead of helping them” this statement touched me so much. It made me realise how difficult the situation is. It is like a person saying I am sick and everyone around him doubts. How can the person be healed or helped to find medication?
How do we change the picture? Everyone should support the positive stance that the survivors have taken, I believe, if we love God and His people. We can join hands together to support and prevent further abuse of minors. Abuse puts one in a trauma, listening to the person sharing their story and helping to find a solution on how to process the experience may offer healing. We want to be part of the solution.
Sr. Mercy Mushoke
CCP Diploma Student