Abuse survivor Sue Cox honoured
A special Human Rights Champion award has been handed to Cox for her work in helping survivors of Catholic Church abuse.
In an email I received today, Cox – who co-founded Survivors Voice Europe with Ton Leerschool of the Netherlands – revealed that she was one of a number of people who last week received accolades at the 2014 Inspiration Awards for Women ceremony held in London.
I am still speechless that I won! Not only that, it was a ‘secret’ award over and above the advertised categories.
I was quite overwhelmed, but more than anything it showed me that there are people out there who are listening to what we say, and are looking beyond the “victims” and recognising the larger agenda!
Thank you so much for all of your support and votes, it meant so much to me … and that gives me fuel to continue the fight!
A 63-year-old grandmother and mother of six, Cox – a patron of the UK gay charity, the Pink Triangle Trust – reveals here that she was sexually abused by a Catholic priest from the age of ten until she was 13.
She was left with:
A legacy of alcoholism, addiction, serious self harming, an eating disorder, fear, shame, guilt, unworthiness, inability to form relationships, trust anyone, feel anything more than an outcast, and on occasions be suicidal. I made poor choices, and aged 17, and to get away from home, I married someone unsuitable and often very violent, and aged 32 I was left alone with six children all under twelve.
She fought to reclaim her life, and helped establish Survivor Voice Europe, which says:
We do not believe that the Church can play a part in our healing, they are profoundly unskilled and have demonstrated time after time their indifference to our plight. We would not suggest you go to them for help.
When you feel like all you want is a warm blanket wrapped around you as you emerge from your ordeal, you will not find it with the Church! You will at least be disappointed, probably frustrated , but you will certainly burn a lot of time and energy and will not find healing there.
The Inspiration Awards for Women celebrate the achievements of remarkable women who inspire those around them either through the media or through their astounding achievements in their everyday lives. The annual event that takes place each October at the iconic Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, which is home to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The awards ceremony is an uplifting and emotional event where both celebrities and women from every walk of life are celebrated equally in one room. Along with promoting a positive image of women and acknowledging dynamic role models, the event raises money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Meanwhile, it is reported here that Pope Francis is emerging as a favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated by the Argentine parliament because of his work in bringing peace to Syria. No Pope has ever won the prize since its introduction in 1901.
Among the the nominees for the prize – 279 in total – is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The $1.24 million award will be announced on Friday in Oslo.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Pope report)