Woman Alleges Nun Used Crucifix to Abuse Her in Snyder Convent

July 13, 2018
J. Carroll Becker, center, on July 12, 2018, accuses a Franciscan nun of sexually abusing her when she was 5 years old and a student at a Catholic school in Snyder. (Jay Tokasz/Buffalo News)
J. Carroll Becker, center, on July 12, 2018, accuses a Franciscan nun of sexually abusing her when she was 5 years old and a student at a Catholic school in Snyder. 

A Grand Island woman on Thursday accused a nun of sexually abusing her with a crucifix more than 60 years ago at a convent in Snyder.

J. Carroll Becker said the nun used the crucifix as punishment after Becker wet her pants at a classroom desk in 1955, when she was five years old.

“She told me it would cure me of defiling God’s property,” Becker said.

Becker, 68, told the story of the alleged abuse at a news conference on the sidewalk outside Christ the King School on Main Street in Snyder. She was accompanied by Robert Hoatson and James Faluszczak, former priests who now advocate on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Hoatson described the abuse as “horrific” and “beyond the pale.”
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