Catholic nuns urge re­port­ing of sex­ual abuse

Star-Telegram (Sunday) - - News -

The Catholic Church’s global or­ga­ni­za­tion of nuns has de­nounced the “cul­ture of si­lence and se­crecy” sur­round­ing sex­ual abuse in the church and is urg­ing sis­ters who have been abused to report the crimes to po­lice and their su­pe­ri­ors.

The In­ter­na­tional Union of Su­pe­ri­ors Gen­eral, which rep­re­sents 500,000 sis­ters world­wide, vowed to help nuns who have been abused to find the courage to report it, and pledged to help vic­tims heal and seek jus­tice.

The state­ment, is­sued on the eve of the U.N.-des­ig­nated In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence Against Women, was the first from the Rome-based UISG since the abuse scan­dal erupted anew this year and as the sex­ual abuse of adult nuns by cler­gy­men has also come to light.

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