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The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex Abuse Victims Blast Nuns’ Group
For 7 Years, National Sisters’ Organization Rebuffs Them
Victims’ Repeatedly Ask for A Chance to Speak to Catholic Nuns
SNAP Also Wants Vatican Probe into Nuns Expanded to Include Abuse
Self Help Organization Urges Anyone Who Suspected or Suffered Nuns Crimes to Speak Up
The group is also asking
Specifically, SNAP has asked the LCWR to let one or more of its members speak to the national nuns’ conference or one of speak to the nuns’ regional conferences, put a link to SNAP on the LCWR website, ask individual orders of nuns to do the same or at least put it in their publications and give contacts for each orders' victim assistance coordinators (so nun victims know who to call to get help).
Over the years, SNAP has heard from hundreds of men and women who have been sexually violated by nuns. The group believes such abuse is drastically under-reported. A study by Kaiser Permanente found that of 17,337 participants, 16% of the men and 25% of the women reported being sexually abused as children by female predators.
Nuns had far more access to kids than priests did, SNAP maintains. In 1965, for example, there were 180,000 nuns and only 58,000 priests in the U.S. And nuns saw kids daily, as parochial school staff.
SNAP believes that society's relative comfort with intimacy between women and children enables female abusers to initiate contact far easier without suspicion. Females in positions of trust and power over children, teens, and vulnerable adults have a great deal of influence, SNAP believes, that has been and can easily be abused.
Just last week in South Dakota, according to the Associated Press, “Two dozen former residents of an American Indian orphanage run by the Roman Catholic Church are suing the Sioux Falls diocese, alleging sexual and physical abuse by priests and nuns decades ago.” http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-and-regional/south-dakota/article_71a2745e-a1a5-11df-9601-001cc4c002e0.html
According to its website, the LCWR has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 90 percent of the 59,000 women religious in the United States.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests