The Association of Evangelical women in Germany (Efid) has criticized the handling of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) for their handling of the issue of sexual abuse. “There are still people, the EKD Council President Heinrich Bedford-Strohm included, which had to do with the issue of abuse of the loved one and not a bit in the Situation of the victims to empathize,” said the Efid-Chairman Susanne Kahl-Passoth, on Saturday the Cologne Stadt-Anzeiger. Claims of Victims would be dismissed as unpleasant, annoying, or even unfair.
“We do in the EKD as if abuse would not have occurred with us. A confrontation with the causes and predisposing structures is completely absent,” said Kahl-Passoth. To compare the processing in the EKD with the Catholic Church and whose higher case numbers, called the retired Church officer and Ex-Head of the Berlin diakonia “cynical” views of the Affected. Bald-Passoths criticism comes just before a four-day Synod of the EKD in Würzburg. It starts on Sunday. There will also be abuse in the Protestant Church is discussed.
Kahl-Passoth criticized churches in addition, the lack of attention of many country. In the monitoring of the Affected and the processing of what Happened, many of the country churches were engaged to be insufficient. “We are calling for a Central independent calls and complaints body, which must be adequately equipped,” she said. The Efid is an umbrella organisation with 39 member organisations and around three million members, the Association sees itself as the voice of Evangelical women in Church and society.
structural changes in the Church
The independent Commission for the reappraisal of child sexual abuse had called on the Evangelical Church in Germany in the last week, to allow independent processing. The cases of abuse in individual institutions, and their officers were “on the structural causes in the Church,” said the Commission Chairman Sabine Andresen. There is evidence that perpetrators had been protected.
According to the Commission, have been 31 Affected the Evangelical Church and of abuse reported. About half of those Affected have turned to the Church. Reasons for this fear, shame, uncertainty or lack of information about calls for them to be.
the end of September, the German bishops ‘ conference had presented a study on the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Germany, which had been developed over several years. The authors of the Study noted, among other things, that the Church took after the announcement of the scandal eight years ago, no adequate steps to prevent abuse in the future. They demanded fundamental structural changes.