They denounce possible cases of sexual abuse in Colegio San José de Arequipa

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Diego Molina, editor of the magazine Cosas and a former student of Colegio San José, wrote this Friday in his column what would be a complaint of sexual harassment that occurred in 1991 at that school.

Molina narrates in his column entitled “Fear and disgust in the spiritual office” that, when he was 13 years old, a priest approached his classroom and took him out to have his “obligatory moment with the spiritual father of second grade”, as he himself writes. He comments that it was everyone’s turn and that he preferred it to being in the course, since if he was not at the level, they could kick him out of the classroom.

According to his narration, the priest whom he mentions as “A”, was highly respected. He says that he had made marriages official and that he must have already passed away. He also mentions that he led him to his office and that they started with the confession.

“Among my sins, I told him that I masturbated. “What do you think about when you masturbate?” she asked calmly. If she told him that, in boys, for a second I understood that it would be a point of no return. “Nothing,” I replied. “How come nothing? Don’t you think of someone?” rebuked the theologian. “In nothing”. Until now I appreciate my insincere response, because it would have been a weapon against me.”

Diego Molina, in his column “Fear and disgust in the spiritual office”, in COSAS magazine

He continues narrating that later the priest took out a book that said “yoga”, telling him that it was an excellent discipline and an explanation that he says he does not remember because of the time that has passed.

“It’s more than 30 years. I trusted whatever he says. A priest is sent from God,” she writes.

The priest told him what position to do and gave him instructions on how to breathe, position his legs and hands.

“After a few deep breaths, he looked at me hard and rebuked:” you’re not doing it right, you need to breathe better “. Suddenly, he lunged at me and proceeded to unbutton my white school uniform shirt.

Diego Molina, in his column “Fear and disgust in the spiritual office”, in COSAS magazine

Molina indicates that this alarmed him and he reacted.

“I don’t like this yoga thing that much,” I told him as I stood up and buttoned myself up and he backed away from his wall. Then he stood up, we talked about some things I don’t remember and he let me go. The spiritual session was over. He never called me back.”

Diego Molina, in his column “Fear and disgust in the spiritual office”, in COSAS magazine

Possible cases of sexual abuse at the San José school?

Molina, in his text narrates that after years he confessed it to two of his friends.

One of them responded with his own experience: “he asked me to masturbate in front of him”. The other: “he hypnotized me lying on the sofa, I don’t remember anything”. We will never know.

Diego Molina, in his column “Fear and disgust in the spiritual office”, in COSAS magazine

Diego Molina adds that there were 3 cases in his class of almost 100 students and he was always plagued by the question of whether it could have happened to other students.

You can read Molina’s column where he narrates these facts here.

Cases of pederasty in Peru

As is known, in Peru there have been major scandals due to cases of sexual abuse against children and young people by members of the church. The most notorious and well-known is that of the Sodalitium and its rape cases. The Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana is an organization founded in 1971 by what is now known to be a sexual abuser and predator, Luis Fernando Figari. In Arequipa, the Sodalicio established one of its most important bases and an economic empire.

His supposed mission was to create an army of young people to stop the progressive Liberation Theology movement. However, the reality was that they took photos of teenagers from the most expensive schools in Lima to show them to Figari and decide if he liked them. In the book published by journalists Paola Ugaz and Pedro Salinas, it is mentioned that the leader of the SVC favored those who were blond and blue-eyed.

One of the victims of Sodalitium, a young upper-class man from Arequipa, even wrote a book about it. Martín López de Romaña narrated the abuses suffered in his publication “La Jaula Invisible”.

The fight against cases of abuse perpetuated by priests continues to be a fight outside and inside the Catholic Church.

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They denounce possible cases of sexual abuse in Colegio San José de Arequipa