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Sister Jesme shares her #ChurchToo experience at Bengaluru Lit Fest

Bengaluru, Oct 29 (IENews) Sister Jesme shared her horrific experience of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church at a literature festival held in Bengaluru.

The nun who recently left the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, shared an incident in her religious life in which a priest asked her to strip.

She blamed the Catholic Church was not standing up for the nuns on sexual abuse cases.

Initially, she got support from her mother, her family abandoned her and later her mother.

The convent termed me ‘insane’ and called me names.

“I could leave because, as a former college principal, I get a pension from the UGC. Most nuns, however, do not have that backing”, sister added. These revelations came out while she was addressing the audience during the panel discussion, ‘Mard Ko Dard Hoga: #MeToo’.

She was the Principal at St. Mary’s College, Trichur, before retiring in 2008. After 33 years as a nun, she recently decided to leave the Congregation of Mother Carmelite(CMC).

The recent #MeToo outcry has brought in a dialogue about the issues of sexual abuse that women face in the various walks of life.

The horrific account given by Sister Jesme further pushes the cause for stricter implementation of laws relating to workplace harassment.

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