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 Irish Bishops Conference launch ‘Towards Healing’

“…those of us working from different perspectives to address the experience of sexual abuse have significant expertise that we can offer in a collaborative relationship with all those seeking to work towards healing”, says O’Gorman

One in Four, the national charity that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence, today broadly welcomed the launch by the Irish Bishops Conference of Towards Healing, a Lenten reflection on child sexual abuse.

Speaking today Colm O'Gorman, Director of One in Four, said “There can be no doubt that those of us working from different perspectives to address the experience of sexual abuse have significant expertise that we can offer in a collaborative relationship with all those seeking to work towards healing.” One in Four believes that we all as members of this society have an individual responsibility to work towards a greater understanding of both the impact of sexual abuse and the creation of an environment that moves towards meaningful healing for all those affected.

One in Four welcomes the openness of the statement and hears the clear invitation from the Irish Bishops to seek new ways of working together. We offer a clear and express commitment to respond to this invitation. As we work to address the many layers of betrayal of trust experienced by victims of abuse, their families, their communities, clergy and religious and the Church itself  first steps must be taken. This is the first step.

 
 

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