“There must be no peace and quiet”

The federal government has appointed a new abuse commissioner. Rorig, who is responsible for the
Johannes-Wilhelm Rorig, the lawyer responsible for child and youth policy in the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, will succeed the previous abuse commissioner Christine Bergmann, who resigned from her post at the end of October.

According to Family Minister Kristina Schroder (CDU), Rorig has "all the necessary prerequisites for a sensitive handling of the ie and for a binding implementation of the recommendations of the Round Table".

Rorig was a close colleague of Bergmann for many years. Initially in 1991 to 1993 as her office manager during Bergmann's time as SPD senator for labor and women in Berlin. When she became Federal Minister for Family Affairs in the Schroder cabinet in 1998, she again put Rorig in charge of her office. From 2000 to 2009, the law graduate headed the central department in the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs. He then moved to a subdivision of the ministry's children and youth department. There, he most recently participated in the process for the Federal Child Protection Act and supported Bergmann's work as an abuse commissioner. In addition, the father of two children is chairman of the German Youth Brand Foundation, which promotes child and youth welfare projects.

Motivating all social and political forces
Commenting on his appointment, Rorig said, "I would like to use the momentum of the successful work of the Round Table on Child Sexual Abuse over the past 18 months to motivate all social and political forces to now consistently tackle the implementation of the Round Table's recommendations."Politics and society have already come a long way. However, the concepts and guidelines on prevention, intervention and processing of sexual abuse should "not disappear into drawers again". Rorig stressed: "There must be no calm in this field now."

Rorig's new mandate runs until the end of the legislative period in 2013. For this period, he was released from his duties at the ministry, Steegmanns said. By continuing an independent successor agency for child sexual abuse ies, the German government is responding to a key demand of Bergmann, the abuse commissioner who left office in October. Many affected persons and affected persons' initiatives had also pleaded for its preservation.

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