Catholic Nun Pleads No Contest to Sexual Abuse

A 79 year old Catholic nun has pled no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child. The abuse occurred when Sister Norma Giannini was a teacher and principal at a Catholic school in the 1960’s. The criminal complaint detailed the abuse of two boys who, at the time of the abuse were in middle school. One of the survivors estimated that he was abused more than 80 times by the nun. This is the first time that a nun has faced criminal charges for sexual abuse. Since the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis broke some five years ago, priests have been at the forefront of the news stories concerning sexual abuse. However, civil lawsuits have been filed against nuns and their religious orders for sexual abuse as well. According to a spokesperson for Voice of the Faithful, this is just the tip of the iceberg.