The Catholic religious orders in Germany want to further strengthen their commitment to the protection of children and young people from sexual abuse. The general meeting of the German Conference of the Superiors of Religious Orders (DOK) emphasized that.
In Bonn, they met in this regard for a discussion with the abuse commissioner of the federal government, Johannes-Wilhelm Rorig. Already in April, the DOK and Rorig had concluded an agreement on the improved protection of girls and boys from sexualized violence. Among other things, it deals with protection concepts as well as information and training events, for example for prevention officers in religious orders.
The DOK chairman, Abbot Hermann-Josef Kugler, explained that the orders wanted to continue to promote the processing, prevention and implementation of protection concepts in their schools and facilities for young people, health care and disabled persons.
Approval from abuse commissioner
According to the DOK press release, Rorig welcomed the willingness of religious orders not to let up in their commitment to protect children and young people from sexual violence. Protection concepts that have already been introduced also require constant further development. "New professionals must be guided and new cohorts of children, young people and their parents must be involved."
The agreement is one of several agreements that the Independent Commissioner has concluded with umbrella organizations active in the children's and youth sector. The German Conference of Superiors of Religious Orders (DOK) represents the interests of religious orders in Germany with about 16.700 women religious and nearly 4.200 religious.