Dawn Araujo-Hawkins was a staff writer at Global Sisters Report from 2014 to 2019, writing primarily about the intersections of religion, race and gender. In 2016, she was named the best in-depth religion reporter by the American Academy of Religion, and her work has also been recognized by the Religion News Association, the Catholic Press Association and the Great Plains Journalism Awards. She was previously an editorial assistant at Sojourners magazine.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious provides resources for abuse allegations but says it has no authority over its members. Survivors of nun abuse disagree. They want stronger oversight and the chance to speak at annual assemblies.
Five women spoke to GSR about their sexual abuse at the hands of a woman religious. None of them have gotten any closure for the physical and spiritual rape that derailed their lives. What they do want, however, is to be heard.
Drawing on sacramental records, the Society of the Sacred Heart has found descendants of the more than 150 black people whom the sisters had enslaved in Louisiana and Missouri in the 1800s.
Sr. Marcia Hall of the Oblate Sisters of Providence talks about why a film highlighting the experiences of young black religious is necessary and the surprising things she's learned as first-time film producer.