It is not a matter of covering up. It is a matter of looking realistically at what has happened over time and you clearly don't want to do that. You just want to grind your teeth at the easy enemy.
We who have survived such things do no appreciate your third, forth and fifth hand shock and awe. We are not monkeys in a cage. Besides if you did go and look there's not much to cover at the moment if you'd take off your blinders and go and find out.
Go shout at the schools of psychology that taught that you could heal sexual predators....change their behaviors.
Go do that. Have the memories of their faculties burned in effigy, if you are in such a need to vent your emotions.
Go picket police stations where officers went out on domestic violence calls and sexual abuse calls no matter WHO did the deed, and did NOTHING but file a report!! Who do you think those survivors have to sue? Where's your voice in that mess?
Put your binoculars down and come on out into the lake of fire if you really give a hoot!!
Mary, I don't know how old you are, but I'll say this: the above post of yours sickened me to the core in its dismissal of the monumental difficulty over so many generations to muster the courage to speak out against the physical and sexual abuse inflicted on them and their loved ones, of earlier and later generations to their own. I make no distinction as to whether these crimes were committed by clergy or laity, secular or religious, but the principle, up to a point, is still the same. Show me in law, be that law secular or church law/doctrine, where it is acceptable for children, girls, boys, men, or women to be raped, or physically or sexually abused, particularly when it comes to such crimes perpetrated by clergy, monastics, or laymen (of either sex) in positions of authority within a church, ANY church. Something about millstones and little ones?
And how on God's earth can a child of four, eight, twelve, boy or girl, possibly "ask for it" or "consent" to sexual activity? How could a woman from a "traditional" society of 40-60 or more years ago, walk out of an abusive marriage (abuse, physical and/or sexual, inflicted on her, and/or her children) without her
name being blackened and shamed, even if half the town knew what was happening? Why is it that the vast majority of women who have been raped were wearing quite modest clothing at the time? And of the boys and male youths who have been preyed upon while waiting for a bus, walking home from school or work? If it was so hard for so long for girls and women to speak up, spare a thought for the lads!
As for "why did it take so long for the victims to speak up": Do you know any war veterans, Mary? Second World War? Korean War? Vietnam? Do you know anyone who survived Joseph Stalin's "largesse"? How many have dared to speak of their experiences? So many did not speak a word of the horrors they endured, right until their dying day. Why? Too late to ask them now, Mary.
This ain't pop psych stuff, Mary, I have direct relatives over three generations who fall into the above categories. There's even a woman who was lusted after by her priest. She had enough gumption to fend him off, but it almost destroyed her physically and spiritually, though her marriage survived, thanks to her husband being an exceptionally good man who knew and trusted the goodness and integrity of his wife. She was lucky, after a fashion. Others were not, if their husbands were remotely the jealous type. Her son has barely set foot in church since, other than weddings, funerals and the odd Easter and Christmas service.