Fr. Shay Cullen, an Irish activist Catholic priest, is appealing to Philippine judges to prioritize speedy trials for child abuse victims.
The Philippines’ legal system often moves at a pace slower than a sick snail, and it can take years before cases come to trial.
Fr. Cullen cited the case of Maria, a ten year-old Filipina, who was raped by her mother’s live-partner. With the help of good neighbors and concerned government social workers a case was filed against the suspected rapist in October 2011.