Calypso Kings & Carnival Queens: true stories by women & men raped (as children) by their moms, dads, priests & nuns - stories of re-empowerment by adult survivors of childhood abuse that are leading a child human rights movement in America, Today Coming in spring of 2008!
~ Heroes walk among us, helping to make a window of opportunity to heal & protect our children from predators ~ As of summer, 2007, Human Rights for Children in the U.S. protecting children from predators, for the first time in history, is gaining bi-partisan legislative momentum on a State-by-State basis. First in California, then Colorado and is now underway in ten other States. There are heroes in this movement in America ... many who began as children victimized by priests, many have committed suicide because as children, they blamed themselves for their abuse. Those who remain refer to themselves as, ‘survivors'. They have survived and overcome great terror, horror and trauma. They have survived being abused, cast out, ridiculed, and disbelieved. When the survivors ask the Church for help, they are called liars then turned a blind eye by clergy and parishioner, alike ... shunned, and ostracized. What was their crime? Merely being a child who believed in God. What was their punishment? A lifetime of hurt. What was their sentence? Many renounced the Church and organized religion, returning to a natural reverence for life. Others renounced God entirely. What was their redemption? To fight back and take back their self-esteem, and in-so-doing, to create a protective shield for children today, and for future generations, against abuse, and lay the legal groundwork for a human rights for children movement in the U.S. Today, many survivors are the leaders of the human rights for children movement in the United States. As of this writing, this human rights struggle has yesterday spilled over into Mexico, when the Cardinal of Mexico was deposed for conspiracy with a Cardinal in the U.S., for smuggling predator priests from one country to another. The whole of Mexico, Latin America and South America is in an uproar, and the lives of the survivors there that helped raise the issue are at stake. We should know their names. Not only is each survivor a hero, but in healing themselves, many have gone on to fight for healing, legal redress, and for child protection for children everywhere. Jennifer, David, Barbara, Mary, Eric, Joey are a few of their names, (& a few of the names of their advocates, Terry, Jeff, Rebecca, Tom). These are their stories, and stories of others, too. Today, regarding prosecution on a State-by-State level, only the crime of murder has no statute of limitation. Other crimes have a time-limit in which a lawsuit may be raised, after that time period ... you can not criminally prosecute, for example, a serial rapist of children, with as many as 40 to several hundred victims. Pursuing domestic human rights for children requires each State, individually, to actually reverse their Statue of Limitation laws for sexual abuse. This sets a precedent for States, and entire countries, to remove the national sovereignty and diplomatic immunity of the Vatican ... allowing victims of priests to sue not only sexual predators in the Catholic Church ...but, to hold the Church hierarchy accountable for covering up and protecting sexual predators instead of helping the victims, and hold the Church hierarchy, the Pope and Vatican itself accountable for conspiring to transfer perpetrators to different geographical locations to avoid prosecution. This healing, in-so-doing empowers tens of thousands of women and men raped as children in the United States by priests, and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Catholic children around the world, to regain some of the security that was sadistically and pathologically and in a premeditated fashion, stripped from them when they were children, by spiritual authority figures. And, at the same time protects our children, today and in future generations. [The current Pope is from San Francisco; in San Francisco, his corporate (Vatican) job responsibilities included world-wide enforcement of the secret Vatican decree, Crimen Sollicitationis -- which mandates, upon pain of excommunication, that all bishops & priests must not talk about their sex crimes.]