Nuns meeting in Nashville must confront sexual abuse of children by nuns

Road to Recovery
August 13, 2014

Advocacy organization to shed light on sexual abuse by nuns during annual convention

New York-based nun organization ignores pleas of sexual abuse victim

What: A demonstration and leafleting regarding the sexual abuse of a young girl by a nun and the injustice of the religious order of nuns toward the sexual abuse victim.

Where: On the sidewalk outside the Courtyard by Marriott at Opryland Hotel, 125 Music City Circle, Nashville, TN.

When: Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 8:00 AM until dark

Friday, August 15, 2014 from 8:00 AM until Noon

Who: Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., anon-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and advocate for Cecilia Springer, a sexual abuse victim of a nun who has been ignored by the nuns in whose school she was sexually abused.

Why: American Catholic nuns have done little to address and resolve cases of sexual abuse by nuns. They have refused to allow victims to address them at their annual conventions, and the 2014 convention is no different. The demonstration and leafleting will shed light on one claim that is emblematic of all the others. A young girl, Cecilia Springer, was sexually abused by a nun at a New York City Catholic girls’ high school, reported the abuse to the school and the nuns who run the school, and they told Cecilia Springer to take a hike. Cecilia Springer is over 80 years of age, spent time as a nun, taught at the school where she was abused, and now demands justice from the Sisters of Saint Ursula and Notre Dame School, New York City. The leaders of the Sisters of Saint Ursula most likely are in Nashville this week and must come to their moral senses in dealing with the sexual abuse claim of Cecilia Springer.

Contacts: Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250


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