Women Erased: #NunsToo - Media's Role in Obscuring the Abuse of Women by Priests
Thursday, October 8, 2020
1 hour 5 minutes
62.6 MB
Dr. Tara Tuttle, Ph.D.

The sexual exploitation/abuse of women religious by Catholic priests was first reported by Sr. Maureen O'Donoghue in her 1994 report to the Vatican -- a report that remained largely overlooked until 2001.  This practice of "erasing" the experience and reality of Catholic women remains today.

Professor Tara M. Tuttle probes the manner in which media outlets submerged the experiences and realities of Catholic women, both lay and consecrated, as they sought to affirm their own biases regarding the connection between clergy sexual abuse and homosexuality.  That motif, along with inordinate deference for prelate and priest abusers, corrupted the truth and propped up the abuser's narrative where women's credibility was questioned and their efforts to access justice were routinely discounted or despised.  Thus, women, accused of treachery against the Church for going public, suffered, too often, in silence.


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