Church abuse survivors demand justice
September 16th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Church abuse survivors demand justice

Sue Cox was 10-years-old when she says she was raped by a priest in her family home on the eve of her Confirmation, a sacrament which signifies the cementing of bonds between baptised believers and the Church.

The attack occurred in her bedroom while her family was downstairs. "I was mortified. I started to self-harm. I was ashamed and guilty," she said. Her mother told her: "Perhaps it was one of God's plans."

"It wasn't one of His better ones," Cox said.

Now in her 60s, Cox was one of five abuse survivors who Wednesday urged Pope Benedict XVI to turn over information on abuse claims against the clergy ahead of his arrival in the UK Thursday.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Europe • Pope Benedict XVI • Sex abuse • United Kingdom

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Truthwillsetyoufree

    Her mother told her, mayby it was Gods will?. God would not look at the r-a-p-e of a child by anyone,(especially a priest) as nothing but sin...therefore it would certainly not be his will. Then again, if she is Catholic(the Mom), they are not ever to think in any negative terms about these "divine" fathers (sacasm) . Sounds to me like she was backing the church more then her own child.
    That priest if he is still living, needs to be put in jail, like all other criminals. The pope needs to open his mouth and tell what he knows. If he is gonna protect these priests, he is just as guilty as they are.

    September 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
  2. Mark from Middle River

    Sigh .... I guess this is the only Christian type articles that the CNN writers can offer. Islam, we have atrocities done around the planet but why do we not have articles to discuss what some Muslims do in the name of Islam.

    Come CNN .... Where is the story that the BBC reported about how the Catholic church and the United Nations are supposed to be working together in africa on a humanitarian project? Why can't CNN put as much effort into helping to educate the public that there are bad Catholics priest and good priest, as they do in attempting to show that there are bad Muslims and good Muslims? This is the being balanced part that folks want to see more of here at CNN.

    PS Reality , speaking of suffering from ... while you are saying they are suffering from the "Three B's" ...is that the same as the "C and P"s that you suffer from ... the "cut and paste syndrome" ... repeat the "cut and paste syndrome" ...repeat .... 🙂

    September 17, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
    • Reality


      It is called the "New-Age Thu-mping Syndrome" developed to counter the 6000 years of OT th-umping, 2000 years of NT th-umping and 1400 years of the terror and horror th-umping of the koran.

      September 18, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  3. Reality

    B16 like many of us suffers from the Three B Syndrome i.e. he was Bred, Born and Brainwashed in his religion. For this reason, he is unable to think past the shackles put upon him by the likes of Paul, Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

    The wishful thinking done by these five scribes approximately 2000 years ago continued the embellishment and fiction tradition of the Jewish scribes. The locals paid for a good story of myth and imminent second coming. There was no money in the truth but now we know the truth and it boils down to two principles, Do No Harm and Love Thy Neighbor as yourself. Obviously the pope, bishops, many priests, rabbis, Boy Scout leaders, married men, and Protestant ministers forget and forgot these two principles of life.

    September 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  4. Frogist

    Her mother said, "Perhaps it was one of God's plans." Now I understand that people turn to their higher power in times of strife. But to tell your daughter who was rap-ed that maybe god wanted it that way is as cold as a parent can get. I understand she was trying to be comforting. But saying that can only be justified if somewhere before that was said there was anger and outrage and venom against whoever did that to her child. And even then...
    But maybe it's true. Maybe it is god's plan... to destroy the abusers and those who hide them. Maybe God is sending the church a message thru this victim taking a stand and all the others like her.
    I support them in their effort to bring the information about abuser priests public. I don't know how else this can be resolved unless the church starts to cooperate fully with the police.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • David Johnson

      The abuse has been going on for decades. Why did it take god so long to send a message?

      The mother's reply, that it was god's plan, goes to show how damaging religion is. The mother was brain washed. She didn't want to admit her religion let her down. It is good the child didn't get pregnant. We would have to go through all that "I'm having god's baby" stuff all over again.

      September 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
    • Kate


      For some of the victims, it's too late for justice, and the criminals-in-cassocks will never admit what happened, condemning some victims and their families to being denied rest from the very church that facilitated the events that caused them to lose all hope.

      September 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm |
    • Critter


      Why should the victims be robbed of their right to have the police act on their behalf? Why should they wait (probably forever) for their abusers (and accomplices) to "cooperate"? How often does that happen in real life?

      No, the Catholic Church will be like any other organized crime syndicate – arms locked together in "brotherhood" and facing out and away to keep from being held accountable for their crimes.

      They want to keep getting away with it, and the victims keep running into the common problem of wanting justice when justice means "just us with the money and power get what we want."

      The victims need more leverage and more options. The status quo needs to be changed to address the realities of human behavior – even the sociopathic behavior of their abusers.

      But then again, what kind of justice will any victim really get? A crime has been done to them and at them and they will likely carry the scars for the rest of their lives.

      How can any "justice" be found that fixes, not only the problem of criminal behavior, but the mental pain and damage a victim receives?

      Because of the unwillingness and / or inabilities of people to attack such problems at their roots.

      In this case, it is a three-letter word embedded in the very existence of humanity.
      And, no, I am not talking about a "God", but that taboo thing hardwired into the brain...S E X.

      Or didn't anyone want to mention it in a blog thread about se-xual abu-se victims?

      September 17, 2010 at 3:03 am |
  5. Ykcyc

    Parasites who are responsible for these acts have nothing to do with God. They have nothing to teach about Love. They are lost souls.

    September 16, 2010 at 11:03 am |
    • reelingstill

      We need the Orkin Man or something. Or those victims need someone like that. Justice is not likely to happen in "normal" channels, but I suppose we can hope for it anyway...

      September 16, 2010 at 11:25 am |
    • claybigsby

      dont worry, they will repent and get into heaven...what a joke

      September 17, 2010 at 11:48 am |
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