You cannot hide religious abuse forever

In culture on December 12, 2012 at 12:12

In Denmark we have a number of Catholic day schools. They are normally used by families who wants a stricter school environment that the public school system offers. Some years ago one newspaper published a story about how Muslims parents preferred the Catholic school despite the teaching of another religion just because they wanted their children raised in a strict environment.

But an enclosed and strict environment increases the possibility of abuse. If you look abroad there is a group for former students called Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) Cult Survivors (and their Supporters). They know what I am talking about.

The Danish newspapers have published stories about 10 year old children being taught about how to do a good blowjob. There have been statements about use of violence. There have been former pupils who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have to live their lives on welfare because they are too impacted from their stay at the school so they are unable to hold a job.

It is just so awful and the worst part is that there seems to be lack of supervision of these religious schools. When I wrote with a friend from the States he said “It is just like Missiouri. Down there you can whip the students without anyone being concerned about it if you claim that you run a religious school.” When I look back at some of the posts on this blog I have to agree with him.

I have a really bad taste in my mouth now. Was I unfair when I attacked the Householders? I believe not. What they offer the pupils at Saint Canute (Sankt Knud in Danish) is not something I want associated with running a school in Denmark.

I have learned that the Department of Education in Denmark is about to be involved in this case. It is not enough. The school has to close down. Nothing less is enough. They cannot adjust the management and then move on. This mess have to be cleaned up.

The process can only be too slow.

I can warn the so-called supporters for the school who have been bullying some of the victims on Facebook and other places on the net. I am coming for you! You cannot hide religious abuse forever!


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