i am watching the PBS POV documentary The Overnighters.

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i have been enjoying it up until they began tackling the topic of welcoming sex offenders, forgiving sex offenders, into ones home. One’s home where children live.

I have tackled immensely with this topic. I was raised Roman Catholic and experienced sex abuse at the hands of an immediate family member. This sex offender remained in my home, sleeping in he room next to me, until I left forever. I strongly believe, and have heard from immediate family this to be true, that the Catholic tradition of forgiveness informs their reaction to the sex abuse I experienced. As a survivor, this translates very much for me to immediate family members seemingly denying, diminishing, lessening, ignoring the sex abuse I experienced. I have experienced the hurt of being told he is very sorry, so, it is different. I have been silenced, in my opinion, because of others beliefs of forgiveness.

I would love to hear from my wonderful GT folks. What do you think? Does religion play a part in coping with child sex abuse? Do you have any anecdotes? Are you religious? If so, how do you cope with child sex abuse, and sex abuse in general? I think about the overlapping topics of child sex abuse and Roman Catholicism because that is my experience, but I’d love to hear others’ experiences and thoughts.