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Survivors Of Sexual Abuse By Nuns Want Greater Visibility For Their Claims


Added 05-30-19 09:06:02am EST - “Victims of sexual misconduct by nuns say there hasn't yet been a reckoning for their claims. In part, that's because reports on allegations of abuse by women are treated differently than those by men.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Survivors Of Sexual Abuse By Nuns Want Greater Visibility For Their Claims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Patricia Cahill pauses to collect herself as she recounts her story of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church. Emma Lee/WHYY hide caption

Patricia Cahill pauses to collect herself as she recounts her story of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

When Trish Cahill was 15, she received an unexpected request. A nun who taught at a Catholic high school near her home in Ridgewood, NJ., called her at home and invited her to perform at an upcoming 'hootenanny' mass.

"This was [the] 1960s, you know. Peter, Paul and Mary and all that," said Cahill. "I didn't really play guitar, but a nun — a nun! — asked me to."

Cahill grew up in an Irish Catholic family and attended parochial schools. As invitations from the nun kept coming, she said she felt flattered by the attention and her family welcomed the nun into their home.

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