St Joseph Foundation a milestone in helping sexual abuse victims: interview

PhD Paulina Guzik from Kraków University of John Paul II was the guest of PolandIN’s Klaudia Czerwińska in an interview regarding the cases of sexual abuse by Catholic Church clergy in Poland.

After many debates, in October 2019, the St Joseph Foundation was initiated, aiming to help the victims of such abuse. According to Ms Guzik, it is a milestone on the way to resolve the problem: “Pope Francis said that the Church is the field hospital, so we need to take care of the patients.”

In her opinion, the “Tell no one” movie, premiered in May, had a crucial impact on triggering the discussion on the issue, as the work of the Sekielski brothers highlighted the extent of the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church.

Although the movie brought the problem to light, there had been numerous documented cases of the sexual abuse earlier, and several institutions were working with the victims. In the majority of such cases, psychological assistance had to be provided for them.

Paulina Guzik pointed out that in the past, when a person was sexually abused by those who should have been representing God on Earth, for these victims there was no one else to help and to talk to. That is why the role of foundations and psychologists is invaluable.

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