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On female sexual abuse of children among religious sisters in New Zealand 

There is a powerful misconception that the sexual predation of children and vulnerable adults within faith based institutions is invariably an issue of male on male or male on female assault. This is clearly not the case. 

Indeed, within the Catholic Church in Aotearoa entities that had the highest total figures of likely peadophiles between the years 1950 to 1975, it was the 23 orders of nuns that are likely to have been the most dangerous of all. This was particularly true of the teaching orders who had access to children and who, after whānau, were the agents of enculturation of children into this faith.

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