I have just posted the following articles and want to ensure everyone sees them:
04 April 2013: “Sex assault victim resists gag order” & related article
True enough the above deals not with a predatory Roman Catholic priest but an ex-Anglican priest and scoutmaster, but the subject matter is very relevant to all victims of childhood sexual abuse.
In this instance Raymond C. Jacob, a victim of former Anglican priest and boy scout leader Ralph Rowe, has decided he would rather break a gag order imposed on him during a settlement than remain silent. In violating the gag Jacob runs the very real risk of being ordered to repay the monies.
I have trouble with gag orders. Deep trouble. As Rob Talach says, they benefit the perpetrators. I would add that, if/when there is a cover-up surrounding the abuse, a gag order also benefits those who have aided and abetted the cover-up.
So, Raymond Jacob is stepping into the fray here. I wish him well. He is drawing attention to what I for one see as a terrible injustice in the system, an injustice in which yet again it is the legal ‘rights’ of the molester which trump those of his victims.
I am interested in people’s thoughts on this.
Note too that just over a year ago I posted some information regarding plea bargains and ‘sweet deals’ and Ralph Rowe.
The system has served Ralph Rowe well, has it not? He has eluded how many charges? he has eluded how much time behind bars?
And, yes, the icing on the cake – he has used the system – legally! – to impose a lifetime gag on many of his victims, victims who had struggled for years to finally break their silence and address the abuse they endured at this man’s hands.
From a legal perspective, something is seriously wrong with this whole picture. This may be legal, but it surely is not ethical. Another cruel instance of re victimizing the victims while looking after the ‘best’ interests their molester.
Enough for now,