Less than a year after its founding, the Institute for the Prevention and Reappraisal of Sexualized Violence in Lantershofen, Rhineland-Palatinate, is looking for a new director. The previous director of the institute, Oliver Vogt, is changing careers.
Vogt will become the 15. October "to dedicate himself to a new professional activity in a communal environment," according to the institution's website. As a qualified social worker and trained child protection specialist, Vogt was responsible for setting up the Institute for Prevention and Reappraisal (IPA) as of September 2019. He was previously the Archdiocese of Cologne's intervention officer for dealing with cases of sexual abuse.
The initiative for the facility came from the abuse commissioner of the German Bishops' Conference, Bishop Stephan Ackermann.
Ackermann regretted Vogt's departure
Lantershofen is located in the territory of his diocese of Trier, near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler. As Ackermann explained on the occasion of its founding, the institute is intended to act as a "think tank" to network actors in the fight against abuse and, as an "independent service offering," is explicitly also available to representatives outside the Catholic Church. At the time, the IPA was said to be independent and financed by third-party funds.
Ackermann regretted the departure of Vogt. With him, the institute loses a director who, through his many years of experience in dealing with the ie of sexual violence in the Catholic Church, had provided important impetus for the founding phase. On a provisional basis, the current officer at the IPA, Mary Hallay-Witte, will take over the management of the institution.