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Female ex-pupils want Legion of Christ school closed down
Will the Legion of Christ's woes never end? Now a group of women ex-pupils have taken an extensive range of grievances to the Vatican.
- United States
- July 11, 2012
The women sent a letter this weekend to the popeâ€™s envoy running the Legion to denounce the manipulation, deception and disrespect they say they suffered at the hands of counselors barely older than themselves at the Rhode Island school. For some, the trauma required years of psychological therapy that cost them tens of thousands of dollars.
A copy of the letter was provided to The Associated Press by the letterâ€™s 77 signatories, a dozen of whom agreed to be interviewed about their personal problems for the sake of warning parents against sending their children to the programâ€™s schools in the U.S., Mexico and Spain.
â€śI have many defining and traumatic memories that I believe epitomize the systematic breakdown of the personâ€ť in the school, Mary told The Associated Press in an email exchange. She developed anorexia after joining in 1998, weighed less than 85 pounds when she left and dropped to 68 pounds before beginning to recover at home. â€śThe feelings of worthlessness, shame and isolation that are associated with those memories are still vivid and shocking.â€ť
Full Story:Â AP Exclusive: Teens suffered abuses at Legion school; Vatican urged to close program
Source: AP/Washington Post