The Council of Victims and Survivors 2015-2019
Who We Are
The Council of Victims and Survivors is a Political Panel which was constituted in March 2015. The current members of the Council have been working in different contexts and have been working professionally or voluntarily on this subject for years. As a result, each individual is able to draw on both personal experience and specific expert knowledge.
The members of the Council of Victims and Survivors work on a voluntary basis. The emphasis of their work is political, which means, for example, writing assessments on specific subjects, either publicly or in the form of letters to the relevant persons, or in an advisory function (eg for the safe sport initiative or the preparation of the S3 guidelines on child protection).
The aim of this statement is to make the most of the victims and survivors as possible.
In addition, there is a close collaboration with the Advisory Board of the Independent Commissioner regarding co-operation in the concept groups and participation in plenary sittings.
The Council of Victims and Survivors is about five times a year in Berlin, however there is an active exchange of views during the other times, for example, concerning the working groups and the conception groups of the Advisory Board with the Independent Commissioner. The Council of Victims and Survivors is responsible for the content of the Council of Victims and Survivors section.
Members of the Council of Victims and Survivors
(Born 1962, Bremen). Degree in social pedagogy, educational consultant, artist, active in political self-help and prevention for 30 years. In 1985, she was co-founder of the first self-help group in Darmstadt; 1987-1994, she founded and built up the White Water Counseling Center in Darmstadt. In 1990, she launched the series of publications on self-help – the first federal forum for women victims of abuse, in order to be visible as experts. Since 2001, “What do you see Ms. Lot?”, “What do you see Ms. Lot?”, An artistic examination of sexual violence against girls, boys and women – against protection of the perpetrators , Educational consultant for the gender-conscious prevention of violence with young girls, as well as the qualification of multipliers on gender, diversity, direct and structural violence.
Bühn: “We are not looking back at a five, but rather a 30-year abuse scandal. In the Council of Victims and Survivors, I would like to refer to the viewpoint of 30 years of feminist expertise and experience unrecorded cases. Prevention concepts must be anchored in schools and education, and protection and support for those affected has become the central focus. “
(Born 1969, Rhineland Palatinate). Journalist (M.A.), studied at Ludwig-Maximillian University (LMU) Munich (modern German literature, social and economic history, German as a foreign language) and Syrucuse University (broadcast journalism, M.S. – Fulbright scholarship). Unsuccessfully filed a complaint of sexual abuse in 2003 against the Bavarian Evangelical Church. In 2010, publication of allegations, followed by years of tough negotiations with unsatisfactory outcome.
Claus: The inquiry into sexual abuse has become transparent. This can only be done by an independent commission which has distance to the institution and whose powers have to be deferred to by the institutions. I just want to promote this search inquiry. A further field of focus in the context of the social compensation law (OEG / BVG) for victims of sexual abuse, as well as securing the range of benefits, thus for the future. “
Jetter: “Nobody is ashamed if they are a victim in a car crash. Why is it the case if you are a victim of abuse? This shame and the silence are breeding grounds for further acts, hence it is our duty to break this cycle. And especially as a victim, you have every right to enjoy the rest of the life to the full. Nobody has to remain in the role of a victim. “
(Born 1971, Lower Saxony). Commercial clerk, political activist, blogger and net activist, keen photographer and pilgrim. Federal Sport Association project “Protection against sexualized violence against children and adolescents in sport: prevention, intervention, capacity to act”.
Kolbe: “As a victim, I bring my experience from health, criminal and compensation law into the political process. I use all possible options available to exert an influence on the work of inquiry as well as identify, analyze and push through the interests of victims and survivors. Above all, the support and compensation of victims and survivors for optimal health care as a prerequisite to improve the individual quality of life are close to my heart. “
(Born 1988, Lower Saxony). State-certified pre-school teacher, pedagogy of childhood B.A. At present, doing at M.A in Baden-Wurttemberg to become a child educationalist. One of many victims and survivors in a leisure center for children and young people in Lower Saxony.
Löppmann: There was a time when I did not have the confidence to say anything. Now it is time to speak. I would like to use the mix of professional background and personal experience to empower people in an educational context to confront sexual abuse. “
(Born 1977, Bavaria). Paediatric nurse, preschool teacher, trauma pedagogue (pp), initiator and manager of the association “Schutzhöhle e.V.” – Association for the Inquiry and prevention of sexual abuse on children. She has worked for many years on the subject of sexualized violence. She advises victims and survivors, develops prevention projects for kindergartens and schools and gives lectures on experts in the field of pedagogy, psychology medicine and law. She is co-founder of the Network Against Sexual Violence for Upper Franconia, Vogtlandkreis and Thuringia, and is active in the German Society for Prevention and Intervention e.V..
Luding: “My two main priorities are the financing of counseling centers and the implementation of the subject in the training of educational staff. In my work in the Council of Victims and Survivors, I see a great opportunity to drive forward both of these important aspects. “
(Born 1982, Freiburg). Graduated in political science; scientific assistant at the University of Freiburg; co-organizer of the first federal congress of victims and survivors “From our point of view” in 2010; since 2009, she has done voluntary work for Wildwasser Berlin e.V. since 2011, chairwoman of Wildwasser Berlin e.V.
Miller: “Sexualized violence against children is a human rights violation. We have to analyze and scrutinize societal structures which enable and cover the abuse of power directed at children, including sexual violence. The secured financing of counseling centers, nationwide preventive and intervention measures, and critical research which are on the abuse of power are my particular concerns. I would like to contribute to the conclusion that the subject does not disappear again from the political agenda. For this, we need international networks and alliances, because sexualized violence is a global issue. “
Jürgen Wolfgang Stein
Jürgen Wolfgang Stein
(Born 1953, Saxony-Anhalt). M.A., grew up in Saxony. After his A’levels, he studied and graduated in public administration, then successfully studied M.A. in psychology and education, as well as completing a higher education course in child and youth psychotherapy (Gestalt therapy). Jürgen Wolfgang Stein has been working as a civil servant for 40 years, initially for the federal government, then for his home town of Neunkirchen / Saar (lastly as director of youth welfare) and from the case until today, for the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. He has been an active member of Mensa in. He has been working for 15,000 hours of volunteer work in mainly senior positions, for example, from 1994 to 2006 as the founding chairman of the German Child Protection Agency, the regional Association of Saxony-Anhalt Germany (LocSec Saxony-Anhalt). His specialist subject is the power of resistance (resilience).
Stone: The knowledge of experts is incomplete without the knowledge that comes from experience. In over 10 years of my childhood where I was abused by my father, I developed strength which I can use to protect children from sexual violence. Act decisively against abuse. “
(No details of age, North Rhine-Westphalia). Studies educational science (M.A.); Along the way, he is committed to sexual and gender self-determination in a university context. His or her focus is on a sexual and psychological issue.
Star: “Traumatized people. I would like to contribute to this in the context of my membership of the Council of Victims and Survivors. “
(Born 1967, Saxony). “Victim of abuse while living in the GDR (youth detention center), CEO of the Victims and Survivors Action Group” Abuse in GDR residential care homes eV “, committee member of the” Additional Help System Fund Sexual Abuse “, group leader of the only federal self-help group for sex abuse in GDR residential care homes “Bent Souls”.
Thalheim: “My main objective is that sexual abuse is no longer a taboo subject and inquiry and analysis are my goals.”
Hjördis E. Wirth
Hjördis E. Wirth
Wirth: “Important issues from my point of view are: application of victim compensation law in favor of victims and survivors, guidelines to monitor the work and professional qualifications of the experts. I hope that we as victims and survivors can contribute with our knowledge and experience to societal changes.
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