The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex Abuse Victims Want To Address Nuns Group
National Sisters’ Organization Denies Victims’ Request to Speak
Self Help Group Also Wants Vatican Investigation into Nuns Expanded
It Should Include Questions About Sex Abuse & Cover Up, SNAP Says
Men And Women Who Were Molested Want To Reach Out & Help Others
• let a person who was molested by a nun speak to their national nuns conference in New Orleans this week, and
• launch a self survey to learn how widespread such sex crimes are.
Afterwards, the victims will try to hand deliver a letter to the heads of the nuns’ organization.
The group is also asking US bishops to expand a new Vatican probe into American nuns to include how nuns respond to and prevent clergy sex crimes by sisters (‘women religious’).
The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops had asked the nuns to adopt their sex abuse policy which bishops adopted in 2002. (It's called the Dallas Charter or The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People). The nuns refused to do so.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is t he largest association of Catholic women religious in the United States. In July 2004, a group of survivors of nun sexual abuse asked the LCWR to work with them and devise a plan of "hope, respect, and healing," which specifically would include :
• Reaching out & offering help to victim-survivors of nun sexual abuse;
• Letting survivors speak at the LCWR’s regional and national conferences; and
• Conducting an independent annual audit of nun sexual abuse.
The nuns again refused and refused every year since then.
The LCWR has more than 1500 members, and represents about 95% of the 68,000 women religious in the US. Few of these religious communities of women answer to the local bishops; instead the majority of these orders report to an obscure office in the Vatican.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests