Category: Women and the Church

We Salute Church Abuse Survivor

The sexual violence survivor’s letter titled “Abuse: a survivor’s view”  refers. It takes courage for survivors of gender-based violence and Church abuse to speak out, to break their silence. They become official whistleblowers who expose those who have violated the bodily integrity of another; those who disrespect the human dignity of others.

Saint John Paul II Recognised the Need to Protect Women

A person who was ahead of his time was St John Paul II. In 1995, he wrote a letter to women of the world, still available on the Vatican website. In that letter, he said, “Unfortunately, we are heirs to a history which has conditioned us to a remarkable extent. … Women’s dignity has often been unacknowledged and their prerogatives misrepresented; they have often been relegated to the margins of society and even reduced to servitude.”

Get the Fight for Women and Children Right

Campaigns like the 16 Days of No Violence and #MeToo are good for telling the story of abuse and raising awareness — but there is an urgent need to go beyond words and put in place effective action, such as funding shelters, argues Colleen Constable.