KURAVILANGAD, India (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has uncovered a decades-long history of nuns in India enduring sexual abuse from within the Catholic Church.
The nuns talk of priests who pushed into their bedrooms and pressured them to turn close friendships into sex. They talk about being groped and kissed, of hands pressed against them by men they were raised to believe were representatives of Jesus Christ.
The Vatican has long been aware of nuns sexually abused by priests and bishops in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, but it has done very little to stop it.
The scale of the problem in India is unclear, cloaked by a powerful culture of silence. Many nuns believe abuse is commonplace. Some believe it is rare.