The Union of International Superiors General (UISG), whose memberships consists of 2000 Superior Generals of Congregations of Women Religious throughout the world, representing more than 500,000 sisters, expresses its deep sorrow and indignation over the pattern of abuse that is prevalent within the church and society today.

Abuse in all forms: sexual, verbal, emotional, or any inappropriate use of power within a relationship, diminishes the dignity and healthy development of the person who is victimized.

We stand by those courageous women and men who have reported abuse to the authorities. We condemn those who support the culture of silence and secrecy, often under the guise of “protection” of an institution’s reputation or naming it “part of one’s culture”.  We advocate for transparent civil and criminal reporting of abuse whether within religious congregations, at the parish or diocesan levels, or in any public arena.

We ask that any woman religious who has suffered abuse, report the abuse to the leader of her congregation, and to church and civic authorities as appropriate. If UISG receives a report of abuse, we will be a listening presence and help the person to have the courage to bring the complaint to the appropriate organizations.

We commit ourselves to work with the church and civil authorities to help those abused to heal the past through a process of accompaniment, of seeking justice, and investing in prevention of abuse through collaborative formation and education programs for children, and for women and men. We wish to weave solidarity in these situations that dehumanize and to contribute to a new creation around the world.


  1.   Cova says:

    Congratulations and thanks in the name of so many victims, sisters and lay women who re still suffering in silence because of the impunity and protection that abusers do still have in so many local churches.
    Please urge national religious conferences to act soon to follow this step and please let us know what’s next so we can keep hoping that things will change.
    Many sisters do not have protection policies in their congregations and they will need your help
    Usually at local level sisters may not receive UISG communications so please plan workshops in each country so we can sensitize the leaders of the communities
    Thanks again
    God bless you.

  2.   Beth says:

    Thank you for shining a light on prevention and thr need to have honest formation for all on building healthy relationships. Guidelines for reporting and investigating are good but burden evenmore those who have suffered. Abuse needs to be prevented not just reported.

  3.   S.Neha CSJ says:

    This is a brave movement . often we are silent on such delicate matters. infact scared to voice out. I hope we will definitly make a change in the lives of many religious.

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