Close Window

Women religious urge reporting and action on sexual abuse

The Catholic Church has been under significant scrutiny for its protection of serial sexual abusers for decades.

Now, perhaps prompted by social movements and revelations of the extent to which the Church has allowed abuse to occur, The International Union of Superiors General has spoken out against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and its historical tradition of secrecy and silence. The organization, which includes half a million Sisters across the world, urged their own members to report sexual abuse and help victims to report abuse and seek justice. In the statement, UISG pledges to help any women religious who has suffered abuse to "be a listening presence" and do what they can to help the woman bring the complaint to appropriate organizations, including law enforcement agencies.

They issued the statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Sisters also subjected to sexual abuse and sexual assault

While much of the reporting in the U.S. has focused on clergy abuse of child congregants, earlier this year the Associated Press reported that Catholic clergy also has a history of committing sexual abuse against adult nuns. Sisters and nuns can have lesser status within the Church hierarchy than clergymen, leading some clergy to take advantage of their power. The AP documented cases from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. It is believed to be a worldwide problem within the Church.

According to reports, the Church has known about this issue since at least the 1990s, when nuns in Africa reported sexual abuse from clergy looking to avoid HIV.

Despite this welcome and encouraging statement from UISG, many barriers remain for women in the Church, many of whom are suffering in silence. There is still significant pressure from Church leaders to minimize abuse and silence abuse victims. As more women speak out about their experiences there is hope that more women will feel empowered to come forward about their abuse.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Get In Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our Locations

Andreozzi & Associates, P.C.
111 N Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Toll Free: 800-724-5785
Phone: 717-686-9936
Fax: 717-525-9143
Harrisburg Law Office Map

We Will Travel To Our Clients In Any State In The U.S.

National Location Information

*Our Attorneys are Licensed in PA and AZ, Affiliated with Local Counsel Across the Country.