What became really clear after looking back at this and other incidences of assault by boys at school, was the long-held belief that girls are the cause of boys sins.
I had always been told that the only place I would be safe from the temptations of Satan was in the company of men with the priesthood. Yet the company of men became the least safe place for me.
Many people go through life believing that religion and spiritualty are the same. Religion has claimed ownership of the word “faith” as though it is synonymous with dogma. In reality, religion and spiritualty are two completely different experiences. They can, and do, exist without each other. In this awareness we can recognize that spiritual abuse and religious abuse are separate experiences.