The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Release
Sex victims try to hand deliver letter to nuns
They also write to new top staffer at Vatican department
Group wants worldwide “one strike” policy on abuse by sisters
Sexual assaults by female clergy may be “next wave” of scandal, SNAP fears
They will also try to get inside the meeting unannounced and hand deliver a letter to the US nuns’ hierarchy, urging them to
SNAP wants that on-going investigation broadened to include child sex abuse by nuns. And the group wants Vatican officials, including Tobin, to adopt a world-wide “zero tolerance” policy on child molestation by nuns, so that any Catholic sister who assaults a child will be removed from ministry. (This is a US bishops policy now for American priests. There is no equivalent world-wide policy for either priests or nuns.)
There has never been any probe - independent or internal, domestic or international - of the extent of clergy sex crimes by nuns or of how church officials handle such cases. SNAP believes there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of current and former Catholic sisters who have abused kids, sexually, emotionally or physically. (SNAP has heard from several hundred men and women who report having been assaulted by nuns in the US and other countries.)
This week, the umbrella group for America’s Catholic nuns is holds its annual meeting in Dallas. It’s called the LCWR, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), and it’s based in Maryland.
Eight years ago at their annual meeting in Dallas, America’s Catholic bishops adopted a national policy on child sex crimes and cover ups. But the nuns have refused to adopt any new child molestation rules.. They have also, for seven years in a row, refused to honor any requests by SNAP designed to protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.
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).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests