According to the study on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church decreases from 15. September the Institute for the Prevention and Reappraisal of Sexualized Violence began its work. It should promote a uniform approach in all dioceses.
The leadership of the Institute for Prevention and Reappraisal (IPA) has the Trier Bishop and Commissioner of the German Bishops' Conference (DBK) for questions of sexual abuse in the ecclesiastical sphere and for questions of child and youth protection, Dr. Stephan Ackermann, inne.
The institute supports all German dioceses and is intended to develop impulses and standards for dealing with the topic of abuse together with scientists, specialist organizations, actors in prevention and intervention work and those affected by sexualized violence, thus promoting a uniform approach in all dioceses.
Importance of uniform standards stressed
Bishop Ackermann emphasized the importance of uniform standards in all German dioceses and the joint approach to preventing sexualized violence: "Through the current discussion and through our experience in dealing with the ie of abuse, we are learning how important national and international networking and cooperation with all church, social, political and scientific groups and institutions is."
A key task of the IPA will be to work with all "network partners" to develop tools for comprehensive monitoring of prevention and reprocessing projects. It also aims to launch quality arance tools for the prevention measures already implemented by the Catholic Church in Germany.
In addition, this interdisciplinary project is intended to promote a broad discussion of the topic of abuse in society as a whole. The establishment of the IPA is one of the consequences of the so-called MHG study, through which the Catholic Church in Germany wants to take responsibility for its own future actions.
Experience from the Archdiocese of Cologne
The establishment and management of the new institute will be taken over by the long-time prevention and intervention officer of the Archdiocese of Cologne, Oliver Vogt. Bishop Dr. Ackermann expressed great satisfaction in view of this personnel appointment: "I am glad that we were able to win Oliver Vogt for this task. As the first intervention officer in a diocese in Germany, he did groundbreaking work in the Archdiocese of Cologne over many years and established important standards in this area. This experience will be instrumental in the launch of the new institute."
Thanks to Cardinal Woelki
Cologne Archbishop Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki thanked Oliver Vogt for his work so far: "As a church, it is imperative that we regain lost trust after the abuse cases. For this, the introduction of uniform, high standards in the field of prevention and education in all German dioceses is important. Oliver Vogt has made a significant contribution by setting up the intervention agency. I am grateful for his support for the establishment of a victim advisory board in the Archdiocese of Cologne and the launch of an independent investigation into the abuse cases. For his important task at the new institute, whose work we will support, we sincerely wish him success".
"Cologne was the first diocese to create the position of an intervention officer and thus set a sign of orientation towards those affected," said Oliver Vogt. "I look back on a very trusting and good collaboration and will continue to support the Archdiocese of Cologne in my new role. In my current position, I will conclude the independent investigation that is still underway, present the results, and then switch to the new activity in its entirety."
The institute will be located near Bonn at Burg Lantershofen, Grafschaft.