CUA exhibit reveals abuse survivors’ experience of renewal in the church

Catholic News Service

April 23, 2019

By Dennis Sadowski

Eight survivors of clergy sexual abuse are sharing their experiences with The Catholic University of America community in a weeklong exhibit.

The survivors were paired with students, who developed a series of panels that highlight each individual’s story to bring to light the impact of abuse.

Karna Lozoya, executive director of university communications, said the exhibit emerged from the school’s Catholic Project, which was formed in 2018 to examine the clergy sexual abuse scandal after it erupted again last summer.

“The amazing thing is the involvement of the students and how powerful that experience was for them. It was difficult for the students to hear the stories,” Lozoya told Catholic News Service.

The exhibit features 10 panels, each 24 inches wide and 36 inches long. Each panel briefly narrates a survivor’s experience. A panel of introduction and a closing prayer bookend the display.

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