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What do survivors deserve?

How should they be treated?

How are they being treated?

You may think you know the answers to those questions.

But you're probably wrong.

Especially when it comes to the USCCB's promise of an Assistance Coordinator to help survivors recover from the abuse we experienced.

Assistance Coordinator

The Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis does nothing more than give survivors the name of a therapist of they don't already have one.

That's it.

That's what Sandra Price of the Archdiocese of St. Louis admitted to me during my March 26, 2019 meeting with Archbishop Robert Carlson and her, which I recorded and transcribed.

Just in case.

CO: I was never offered the services or told of the existence of an Assistance Coordinator. And this kinds into kind of our (Price and my) stuff. I don’t know what Hengen has told people, but…
SP: What is your understanding of what an Assistance Coordinator does?
CO: Well, that they are supposed to, you know, help set up, arrange for treatment and help pay for treatment.
SP: OK. So, typically, what Carol (Brescia) does… And you’ve talked to Carol… What Carol does is… Anybody in the diocese is free to call her. And what she does is link people to therapists if they do not have one. So that’s kind of her role for us. She’s not necessarily
somebody who’s going to make the determination if the therapy would to be paid for. That all happens through the review board. So I can’t again comment on what happened up to this point but certainly you have…you can call Carol.

The problem is FINDING a psychologist isn't the hardest part of getting help. Rather, the hardest part of getting help is PAYING FOR THERAPY.

It's not cheap, usually running $100-125 per hour and requiring years of weekly appointments.

Yes, that can get expensive, but why should survivors be expected to bear that burden?

How is that just?