[quote="nordskoven, post:1, topic:262043"]
I volunteered to be a warm body in the buddy system of teaching catechetics and had to take the VIRTUS training for Protecting God's Children. virtus.org/
You are just a warm body? Why waste your time if that is all you are?
We were informed that, contrary to popular belief, most child molesters are not homosexual. This is a little disingenuous in that homosexuals only make up 1-3% of the population.
It is also factually correct. Would you feel better if your child (or any child) were molested by a heterosexual? The point is to not get caught up in an adult's preference for an adult sexual partner and possibly ignore the warning signs of a molester simply because they are not homosexual.
If one in five females and one in ten males are molested as children, that means a tiny portion of the population is preying on a substantial number of male children. The Don't Ask Don't Tell hearings in the military brought out the armed forces' statistic of male homosexual rape behavior being different than heterosexual rape behavior with homosexuals tending to be serial rapists. Is it politically incorrect to note this?
Virtus is not about adult sexual abuse, it is about child sexual abuse. That is why the difference is noted.
Within the Catholic Church's milieu of predators, it's principally homosexual males.
Virtus is not just about the Church's scandals. It is about protecting children from all molesters, including those who are not associated with the Church. Too bad you didn't get that.
The presenter was kind enough to note that "we" whoever that is are not mandatory reporters.
That may be true in Missouri regarding suspicions of sexual abuse. In Texas, professionals who work with children (teachers, nurses, doctors, etc) are required by law to notify either the police or Child Protective Services (CPS) of any suspicions that a child has been abused. Volunteers don't have the same obligation. If one observes an actual incident of abuse, reporting is required.
I mentioned this to the deacon at St. Ann's in Independence and he said, "Who, in this day and age, is NOT a mandatory reporter?!?"
Is the deacon a lawyer? Is he talking about reporting to a supervisor (DRE, principal, pastor, etc) or is he talking about calling the police because you saw someone giving a child candy without permission?
The "wiggle room" this chancery bureaucrat was carving out for us was less than hopeful in that Kansas City, MO's diocese has been shattered by recent revelations of long-term cover-ups. That's not "protecting God's children" that's weaseling out of protecting God's children.
That is not "wiggle room", that is the law.
And I would suggest that in any event a teacher is, by law, a mandatory reporter, even if only a "Sunday school teacher."
Is that Missouri law? Do volunteers have a legal requirement to report suspicions?
The "grooming" or cultivating of victims by testing of boundaries was a good use of screen time by an actual pederast (homosexual pedophile/ephebophile). And the reminder that only a minute percentage of children's accusations of molestation and rape are false was countered by the diocesan radio spots on the local Catholic station telling us that only a small percentage of accusations against priests are true...Somebody's lying.
Only a small percentage of accusations are INTENTIONALLY false. If your facilitator didn't point that out, they should have. Many times a child may be coerced to say something that is false without realizing it.
Compare and contrast the supposed intent of "Protecting God's Children" with the cover-up of Fr. Rattigan's kiddie porn habit as he snapped pics up girl's inherently-immodest skirts. Not to mention his Facebook featuring young girl students. And here's the two-page confession in genuine Church-speak by an area pederast-priest, Fr. Bede Parry, ordained after caught preying on boys.
What does that have to do with Virtus?
So turning dioceses over to the indifferent laity is not going to fix the problem. Millstones all around.
So you clearly see a continuing problem. What are YOU doing about it other than complaining about and blowing off training that was designed to make you more aware of the problem and to give you ways to prevent it?