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Victim/Survivors need to be heard
Abuse affects faith life, ability to trust
Effects of abuse on victim/survivors vary
WASHINGTON—Diane Knight, MSW, chair of the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, notes ten points that National Review Board members have learned in dealing with victim/survivors of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
Knight, a native of Milwaukee, is a social worker with 30 years experience in child protection. She was named to head the Review Board in 2009.
Ten Things Victim/Survivors Taught Us
National Review Board
The National Review Board is an advisory group of 13 laypersons with expertise in such areas as law, education, media, and psychological sciences. The board was established in 2002, when the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People to oversee efforts of the Office for Child and Youth Protection. The National Review Board is responsible for a three-year Causes and Context Study being undertaken by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and due for release in 2011. The study looks at the clergy sexual abuse of minors problem to ascertain what factors led to it and how it can be prevented going forward.
Keywords: Diane Knight, sexual abuse, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, U.S. bishops, National Review Board, Causes and Context Study, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
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