Santiago, Chile, May 31, 2018 / 14:40 pm
The Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in Chile on Tuesday acknowledged the complaint of sexual abuse made by a former member of the community and asked forgiveness for "not living up" to their "mission and vocation."
"The community of the Good Samaritan will do everything on their part to mitigate the painful consequences of these lamentable incidents," the congregation said in a May 29 statement.
Consuelo Gomez, who spent 19 years in the congregation, from 1998 to 2017, told Emol online news she was the victim of sexual abuse, bullying, and harassment in communities in Chile and Spain where the spent the greater part of her life as a religious.
She also charged she was treated like " a slave," was almost totally isolated from her family, and there was a lack of consideration when she suffered from various ailments such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, and nervous breakdown.