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Former Delaware Catholic priest charged in 25-year-old child sex case

By Xerxes Wilson, January 31, 2018, DelawareOnline

In what appears to be a first, Delaware is prosecuting a former Catholic priest for "sexual intercourse" with a child more than 25 years ago.

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Catholic Church group fights Colorado bill to reform system of reporting child abuse

By Robert Garrison, January 29, 2018, Denver 7 ABC

DENVER — Legislation that would reform a mandatory system of reporting child abuse in Colorado is not getting support from the Catholic Church. 

Senate Bill 18-058 would extend the statute of limitations in cases where a person is required by law to report child abuse but fails to do so. 

Currently, the statute of limitations for failing to report child abuse or neglect in Colorado is 18 months, which could result in dropped charges in the recent indictment against three Cherry Creek school leaders accused of hiding allegations made by a specific student in 2013.

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Pope Francis' blind spot on sexual abuse

By Thomas Reese, Religion News Service, January 25, 2018

The overwhelming consensus in the media is that Pope Francis has a blind spot when it comes to sexual abuse.

He may be on the side of refugees, migrants, the sick, the poor, the indigenous and other marginalized peoples, but he just doesn't get it when it comes to victims of abuse.

The evidence for this assertion is the pope's unwavering support for Juan Barros, whom he appointed bishop of Osorno, Chile, despite accusations from victims that he witnessed and covered up abuse by the Fr. Fernando Karadima, the charismatic priest who in 2011 was found guilty by the Vatican of abusing minors in his upscale Santiago parish.

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Southern Baptist Convention Added to Sexual Abuse Suit Against Former Judge Paul Pressler

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Post, Jan 26, 2018 

The Southern Baptist Convention has been added as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging that former Texas state judge and lawmaker Paul Pressler sexually abused a former Bible study student he hired as a home office assistant for decades, starting when he was just 14 years old.

The 15-million member organization was added to the lawsuit on Jan. 12 after it was initially filed in a Texas court on Oct. 18, according to the Tennessean.

 

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Larry Nassar’s enablers? A nation that doubts and dismisses women.

January 25, 2018, The Washington Post

America has a problem believing women and girls.

How else to explain the sickening spectacle of 156 women in a Michigan courtroom this past week facing down an abuser everyone — even their own parents — believed instead of them. The sentencing of former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was a breathtaking display of the doubt and dismissal that so often greet women and girls when they report being molested or raped or harassed.

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With Larry Nassar Sentenced, Focus Is on What Michigan State Knew

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We have lived this story before. And yet, here we are

Burn it all down.

Because nobody who currently runs the world of elite gymnastics can be trusted. Nobody in that world would protect Larry Nassar’s victims from his horrific sexual abuse. The days of testimony in a Michigan courtroom, which culminated in the doctor’s sentencing Wednesday, have laid bare the utter and cataclysmic failures of officials at USA Gymnastics, at Michigan State, and elsewhere, to keep the children in their care from harm.

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'Enjoy hell:' Larry Nassar's sentence next for assaulting gymnasts

By Ed White and Mike Householder, January 24, 2017, Chicago Tribune

A former Michigan sports doctor who parlayed his reputation and personal charm into years of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts and other young women is set to be sentenced following the riveting statements of more than 150 victims, including one of his first public accusers who is expected to speak Wednesday.

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Presentation High Alums Launch Website to Tell Stories of Sexual Misconduct in Their Own Words

A website launched by graduates of Presentation High School, a San Jose Catholic school for girls, details a timeline of sexual harassment and abuse allegations going all the way back to 1984

Graduates of a prestigious San Jose Catholic school for girls who say they were victims of sexual misconduct have launched a website to tell their stories in their own words.

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Guam archbishop denies allegations of rape, sexual abuse

Catholic News Agency, Jan 21, 2018, Crux

HAGATNA, Guam - An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his accuser was a teen.

Mark Apuron, nephew of Guam’s Archbishop Anthony Apuron, filed a lawsuit Jan. 10, claiming that his uncle raped him in a Church bathroom in 1989 or 1990. This is the fifth lawsuit to accuse the archbishop of sexual abuse of minors during his time as a pastor and bishop.

 

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