One note here for believers in a higher spiritual power, I want to welcome you to read Charles's reflections here as a perspective on how faith and religion can become distorted when used by abusers as a way to manipulate rather than an indictment of religion on the whole.
and receive ‘forgiveness’ in their weekly visits to Confession, with no improvement in their conduct. Accordingly, I also learned to have no patience for those who practice ‘forgiveness,’ whether religious people or lenient judges. I also routinely watched self-righteous ‘believers’ enjoy the self-gratifying religious feeling of dispensing ‘forgiveness,’ rather than having the courage to hold people responsible for their actions. Forgiveness exonerates bad behavior, inevitably leading to worse offenses in the future. When people are not held accountable for their conduct, anarchy ultimately prevails.