“There is no such thing as the perpetrator monster”

Hardly a day goes by without new cases of abuse becoming known. The phenomenon of sexual abuse is obviously much more widespread than amed. How do Catholic educational institutions deal with this ie??

Mrs Dr. Marianne Genenger-Stricker is a professor of education and dean of the Catholic School of Social Work in Aachen, Germany. In an interview with this site, she explains that the topic of abuse is firmly anchored in the study regulations. Theoretical knowledge about the consequences of abuse is imparted, and preventive measures are also presented: "We try to impart methodical competence to act. However, it is also about the psychological care of the perpetrators. Genenger-Stricker emphasized that it is very important at the university to convey a professional attitude: "We offer places where students can deal with their own person, their relationships and with their images of masculinity and femininity."When asked about prevention, Genenger-Stricker says that, on the one hand, the university follows a gender-sensitive pedagogy in its work with children and young people. This means dealing openly with the topic of sexuality in practice and promoting the physical self-determination of children and adolescents in the process. This is the only way they can defend themselves in dangerous situations. Abuse checklist In addition, she said, it is important to prepare professionals well to recognize dangerous situations among colleagues: An internal checklist for all employees could help. Social institutions should adopt standardized procedures to avoid such cases. Genenger-Stricker emphasizes that clear agreements, including a written commitment, are fundamental. It's also important, he said, to establish an independent complaints office not only for students but also for staff members."There is no such thing as the perpetrator monster" replies Ms. Genenger-Stricker when asked if it is possible to filter out people with pathological tendencies during their studies. "These are completely normal people, we experience that over and over again, who are also friendly towards."In advance, one can hardly say anything from the outside. But research has shown that people who have been sexually abused themselves are in danger of abusing later. "That's where the moment of power plays a big role. In general, sexual abuse is about acting out power in the context of addicts," says Genenger-StrickerThere is therefore psychological counseling at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences for those who discover inclinations in themselves. Students would also often be motivated to take advantage of opportunities for self-reflection and the decision to seek therapy. On the question whether it already advised students not to become active in the youth work, explains Genenger Stricker that there is already to the beginning of study the seminar ?occupation-referred self-experience?. The topic of sexual abuse is addressed there. Later in the study supervisions are additionally prescribed, with which also again one would inquire.

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