Survivors tell Vatican summit harrowing stories of abuse, cover-up and rejection
“Every time I refused to have sex with him, he would beat me,” an abuse survivor from Africa told Pope Francis and bishops attending the Vatican summit on child protection and the abuse crisis.
Survivors held a rally outside the synod hall. Inside, the four-day meeting began Feb. 21 with the harrowing stories of sexual abuse, cover-up and rejection by church officials.
The pre-recorded testimonies of five survivors were broadcast in the synod hall; the Vatican did not disclose their names, but only whether they were male or female and their country of origin.
In the first testimony, a man from Chile expressed the pain