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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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Cardinal O'Malley: Pope caused 'great pain' for abuse survivors in Chile

By Joshua J. McElwee, Jan 20, 2018, The National Catholic Reporter

TRUJILLO, PERU — Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, one of Pope Francis' key advisors on clergy sexual abuse, acknowledged Jan. 20 that the pontiff's defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse was "a source of great pain" for survivors.

In an unusually blunt statement from a church prelate in response to a controversial action of a pope, the cardinal also said that expressions of doubt about survivors' testimony "abandon those who have suffered reprehensible criminal violations of their human dignity."

 

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The Pope Causes More Pain for Priests’ Victims

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Pope Accuses Sex Abuse Victims in Chile of Slandering Bishop

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Sexual abuse case against Mormon Church to begin Friday

By Julie Zauzmer, January 18, 2018, The Washington Post

Michael Jensen preyed on children in the close-knit Mormon community around Martinsburg, W.Va. At least, that’s how law enforcement officials and at least half a dozen families see it now.

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Abuse survivor confronts gymnastics doctor: ‘I have been coming for you for a long time’

By Kyle Swenson, January 17, 2017, Washington Post

Two school pictures floated side-by-side on a projection screen in the Michigan courtroom. Both images caught the same small girl  — in one, all gawky smile and bangs; the next, braces and long hair — a few years apart. Until this week, the child in the snapshots had been officially identified only as “Victim Z.A.” or “a family friend.”

But on Tuesday, Kyle Stephens, now a young woman, stepped out from the curtain of anonymity to directly address disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar before a judge in Lansing.

 

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