Some nuns are now finding their voices, buoyed by #MeToo and the growing recognition adults can be abuse victims too.
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The Vatican has long been aware of its heterosexual equivalent – the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops – and done little to stop it, an Associated Press analysis has found.AnThe sisters are going public in part to denounce years of inaction by church leaders, even after major studies on the problem in Africa were reported to the Vatican in the 1990s.Wearing a full religious habit and clutching her rosary, the woman broke nearly two decades of silence to tell AP about the moment in 2000 when the priest to whom she was confessing her sins forced himself on her, mid-sacrament. The assault – and a subsequent advance by a different priest a year later – led her to stop going to confession with any priest other than her spiritual father, who lives in a different country.The extent of the abuse of nuns is unclear, at least outside the Vatican.This week however about half a dozen sisters in a small religious congregation in Chile went public on national TV with stories of abuse by priests and other nuns – and how their superiors did nothing to stop it.A Vatican official said it is up to local church leaders to sanction priests who sexually abuse sisters.
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