Friday 22 September 2017

Insult and injury

• I was very upset when I saw the winning design for a memorial to be built to victims of institutional abuse.

As an atheist and a survivor of abuse, from two separate Christian organisations, I feel this design is extremely offensive and not inclusive of all survivors.

The cross is the symbol that all of my abusers wore and continue to wear. Every time I see it I am reminded of them. Imagine having a large swastika at the centre of a memorial to the victims of the Nazi war camps. I cannot believe such an insensitive design has been chosen.

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