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For Immediate Release:
February 1, 2008

For More Information:
Mary Guentner, SNAP Wisconsin Director, (414) 418-3191
Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director, (414) 429-7259

Nun to be Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes in Milwaukee

Giannani Only the Second Nun in Nation Known to be Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

Sister Norma Giannani was Convicted of Two Counts of Indecent Behavior with a Child

Who: Childhood sexual assault victims of Sister Norma Giannani and their supporters

When: 10:00 a.m., Friday 2/1/2008

Where: Milwaukee County Safety Building, Room 423

What: Norma Giannani’s sentencing for two counts Indecent Behavior with a Child

Why:  Giannani is charged with sexually abusing two grade school boys at St. Patrick’s Parish in Milwaukee. The boys were students at the school in the 1960s. They were only 12 and 13 years old. The charges allege that she abused the two boys more than 160 times. The abuse progressed from fondling to the nun forcing the boys to have sexual intercourse with her.

Giannani was found guilty of two counts of Indecent Behavior with a Child.

The Sisters of Mercy moved her from Milwaukee to Chicago after concerns about her behavior with students surfaced. That move stopped the Wisconsin statute of limitations time table. This is why Giannani was able to be prosecuted in Wisconsin. She has continued to live in Oaklawn, a suburb of Chicago.

The men who she abused have been very courageous throughout the lengthy process of prosecution. They hope that others who were abused by Giannani at their grade school and any where else will come forward.

Giannani made her victims wait much longer for resolution by failing to attend court hearings which resulted in a bench warrant being issued for her arrest.

Children who have been sexually abused by nuns have an extremely difficult time coming forward. People don’t want to accept the fact that women sexually abuse children, much less that Catholic sisters do. The denial surrounding abuse perpetrated by women who are Catholic nuns is incredibly strong.

Women religious have perpetuated this silence by moving nuns around the country and by not reporting these crimes to authorities. Orders of nuns are not bound by the charter created by the Catholic Bishops and have not publicly disclosed the names of identified perpetrators.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan has been repeatedly begged by victims of sexually abusive nuns to make the names of nun perpetrators public, he has refused to do so.

SNAP has been contacted by over a dozen male and female victims of nuns in the Milwaukee Archdiocese alone, and hundreds across the country.

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