At 80 years old, Sister Teresita Hinnegan, a member of the Medical Mission Sisters, founded the Center for the Empowerment of Women in Philadelphia to help women who have been exploited and to fight against violence against women.

“Whether it’s health care, whether it’s brutality, or whether it’s exploitation, it’s injustice and it’s violence and I don’t think we look at it that way enough.”

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Sister Teresita also helps operate “Dawn’s Place,” a shelter for former sex trade workers:

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“You know, if you can raise the awareness enough and get enough people interested, they can work a change in systems that allowed this kind of violence to happen.”

Story by KYW’s Karin Phillips

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