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Violating The Rights of The Child; When "Faith" Violates the Faith in Human Rights


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Violating The Rights of The Child; When "Faith" Violates the Faith in Human Rights

  1. 1. Violating The Rights of The Child When “Faith” Violates The Faith In Human Rights By: Bayan Waleed Shadaideh For World Poverty and Human Rights (WPHR) Harvard University Spring 2010
  2. 2. “States Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. For these purposes, States Parties shall in particular take all appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent: (a) The inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity; (b) The exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices; (c) The exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials.” Article 34 Convention on the Rights of the Child Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989 The Symbol of divine safety, morality, protection and faith; Priests have been recurrently sexually violating children all over the world by using the power of faith, they have been destroying the faith in the power of protecting our children, our human rights , our rights for development and ultimately for the fantasy of justice.. “In North America, the allegations of crimes involve 11,000 abuses, perpetrated by 4,400 priests from the 1960s to the 1980s; damages so far amount to $2bn and counting. Then emerged similarly stunning figures from just two Irish dioceses (with more to come). Fresh allegations are coming to light virtually by the day, involving countries as varied as Austria, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.” 20 years of working on Child Rights and we have to endure such frightening facts that shake the foundation of humanity and hope for a better tomorrow! 200 deaf children have been repeatedly sexually assaulted in Ireland almost 20 years ago, by father Lawrence Murphy.
  3. 3. In Germany, the scandal started in late January, when the rector of Canisius College in Berlin admitted there had been at least 50 alleged cases of sexual abuse at the élite Jesuit high school in the 1970s and '80s. The charges came as a surprise; Catholics in mainland Europe rarely challenge the priesthood. This has awakened the silence of the world to the disaster when the case was exposed recently, and finally we can hear the pain of those who were abused. In general cases though including but not limited to the above cases, not all who were molested report the abuse, over 30% of victims never disclose the experience to ANYONE. . Raped by a priest when he was 14, Colm O'Gorman Presenter of the Panorama program said: "What gets me is that it's the same story every time and every place. Bishops appoint priests who they know have abused children in the past to new parishes and new communities and more abuse happens." Very True! In his famous movie “Bad Education” filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar takes a look at his own adolescence as well as confronting the issue of sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church The skinny handsome boy was molested by the priest, and as homosexual, drug addict adult he went to visit the priest. How is this close to the impact of those who were sexually abused?  Difficulty in the transition to adulthood, is more likely to suffer financial failure and physical injury, and risk to fail in other areas due to problem behaviors and outcomes of the victimization.
  4. 4.  Substance abuse problems. 70- 80% of sexual abuse survivors report excessive drug and alcohol use.  Among male survivors, more than 70% seek psychological treatment for issues such as substance abuse and attempted suicide. Males who have been sexually abused are more likely to violently victimize others Behavioral problems, particularly inappropriate sexual behaviors. More than 75% of teenage prostitutes have been sexually abused. Risk for being victims or perpetrators of felony assault and domestic violence Nearly 50% of women in prison state that they were abused as children. Over 75% of serial rapists report they were sexually abused as youngsters. An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime Basically disabled and incapable of leading normal lives, deprived from even being diagnosed as such for fear of not being accepted, and potentially turn into abusers as well. “Feeling like a man, and adult, that passage of adulthood and feeling significant and important was just not attainable to me” said sexually abused male in the Lisak Male Survivor Interviews.
  5. 5. Not being related to poverty, this is a reminder of the call of Amartya Sen “Freedoms depend on other determinants (other than GNP), such as social and economic arrangement, as well as political and civil rights” Stop it! “Child abuse doesn’t go away, but 90 percent of child abuse is preventable” Karen Adams Estimated Indirect Costs of Maltreatment = $69 Billon (Total estimated cost of child abuse and neglect in the United States. Chicago, Prevent Child Abuse America & Edna McConnell Clark Foundation) History is repeating itself while we are working on the Development of Human Rights within the limitations and boundaries of the very limited circle we have, and now we confront the power of “Faith” to be the criminal. While it should be the last resort of being the absolute safe haven we turn to when in need. Unlike any other form of power be it political or financial this specific power is extremely intricate for it is integral to the moral and ethical foundation of justice. References;,28804,1855948_1861760_1862212,00.html of-covering-up-abuse-of-200-boys.html
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