Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Nun Norma Giannini Allegedly Sexually Assaulted Children Back In Her Teaching Days
A story out of Milwaukee, reminds readers that sexual assault allegations are not limited to public schools. Sister Norma Giannini (now 79 years old) was charged several months ago with sexually assaulting children while serving as a Catholic nun who was principal of a Milwaukee school. She is accused of sexually assaulting children as many as 200 times. In particular, two male students came forward with tales of abuse in the 1960s at St. Patrick's Elementary School in Milwaukee.
For example, according to the criminal complaint Giannini instructed one boy to open the buttons on her habit. He apparently was unable to do so, so she opened up her own buttons and told him to feel her breasts. Another accuser claims he sat on a sofa and Giannini removed his pant . (This could have been a good old fashion paddling!) She then allegedly pulled him on top of her. (Oops there went the corporal punishment defense.) The Sisters of Mercy statement read, "Whether old or new, such a matter still runs counter to the very ministry of the Sisters of Mercy."
Sister, Giannini at age 79 has pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child for incidents which occurred back in the 1960s.