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NJ - Victims testify to lawmakers

The NJ Senate Judiciary Committee will meet this morning in Trenton to hear testimony and consider a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to take legal action against predators.

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PA - Lawmakers may move sex abuse bill; SNAP responds

We applaud Pennsylvania lawmakers who are pushing a discharge petition so that a crucial bill to help expose child predators can move forward.

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Rome- Pope talks "platitudes" on abuse; SNAP responds

Again, the pope alludes only to pedophile priests, not corrupt bishops.

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NE - National Catholic official to push Lincoln's bishop on abuse

A Catholic official is promising to visit Lincoln Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz and push him to comply with the church's national abuse policy, which Bruskewitz has "consistently broken for a decade," a victims group says. 

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PA - Predator priest arrested, SNAP urges Scranton bishop to do outreach

It is ironic that while America's bishops pat themselves on the back for their alleged clergey sex reforms, another arrest of a priest for serial sexual abuse hits the news. We hope that as the bishops leave Atlanta and return to their home dioceses, they see this story as a sobering reminder of how far church officials really do have to go.

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IN- Judge rules against Indy archbishop in child sex case

A Terre Haute judge has ruled that a clergy sex abuse and cover up case against the Indianapolis archdiocese’s most notorious predator priest can move forward. Victims are applauding the decision.

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CA - Child sex abuse victim to get $27 million

Calling a jury decision “a watershed moment for children’s safety in the Jehovah’s Witnesses,” a self help group for men and women who were molested by denomination members is praising the child sex abuse victim who took her case to court this week in California.

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MN- Second woman comes forward with allegations of abuse

A second woman has come forward with allegations of abuse by Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul. Jeyapaul was arrested in India earlier this year for the sexual abuse of a 15 year old Minnesota girl. 

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National- Bishops launch public relations drive; SNAP responds

America’s Catholic bishops, Reuters reports, are launching a major new public relations campaign.

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OR- Scouts must turn over child sex records; SNAP responds

This is a huge victory for kids, victims, parents and law enforcement. We are grateful to the brave Scout victims whose courage and compassion have led to this impending disclosure. 

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MA- Boston Cardinal wants more PR help; SNAP responds

The LA Times reports that some of America’s bishops feel they need more professional public relations help. Boston’s Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston apparently agrees, saying "We need more help and sophistication in our messaging."

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GA- Backers of controversial pastor urged to be “sensitive”

First, we’re here to express our sympathy for the family of Rev. Creflo Dollar. No matter what happened last week or happens in the weeks ahead, it’s clearly been – and will likely still be – tense and perhaps even traumatic. We hope that each of them is getting help from independent and experienced professionals.

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