Women who Experience Sexual Assault Deserve Empathy and Honor

The Senate hearings this week have brought to the forefront the dignity of women.

A statement developed by CMSM notes, “In collaboration with women, we must help to create space so that women are heard, can participate equally, and many more can become leaders. As Jesus lifted up the value of women in his cultural times, we commit to continuing to engage with and for women to build a more just society and culture.”

Executive Director, Fr. John Pavlik, OFM Cap, commented: “While refraining from the politically divided dimensions of a difficult process, hearing the intense pain of a woman deeply wounded in an experience of sexual assault, we must join our collective voices to those who seek not to allow ourselves to pass over this moment which opened the minds and hearts of women and men everywhere to new awareness of the suffering inflicted. The moral imperative of the Holy Scriptures as well as the values of our Constitution ask for nothing less, to say nothing of the pleas from the hearts of parents grieving for their daughters and sons so scathed.”

The statement is here.