News Story of the Day

No, your honor. A convicted Utah rapist isn't a great man. He's a criminal

By STANDARD-EXAMINER EDITORIAL BOARD, April 16, 2017

After a Utah jury found a former Mormon bishop guilty of rape and 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse, the judge called him a good man.

An “extraordinarily good man.”

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Judge praises former LDS bishop, while sentencing him for rape, as victim listens

By Chris Jones, KUTV, April 13th 2017

 — Fourth District Court Judge Thomas Low had glowing praise for a man who was convicted of molesting two female relatives while they stayed at his home three years ago.

"The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said just moments before sentencing Keith Vallejo to prison for sexually abusing the two females. "But great men, sometimes do bad things," Low continued.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Anti-Sexual Violence Groups Tell Whole Foods CEO to "Get Real" at Philadelphia Conference

Port Matilda, Pennsylvania - April 12, 2017, Digital Journal

An open letter from anti-sexual violence leaders to Conscious Capitalism, Inc. urges Whole Foods CEO John Mackey to disavow spiritual leader Marc Gafni, a former rabbi facing allegations of sexual abuse. 

The letter's lead signer, Matthew Sandusky, is founder of nonprofit Peaceful Hearts Foundation, and adopted son of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, a convicted pedophile.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Controversial Pastor Found Guilty Of Child Molestation, Other Charges

By NEWS4JAX, April 10, 2017 

BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — After a six-day trial of a Brunswick pastor on sexual molestation charges, a Glynn County jury deliberated less than an hour Monday, finding Ken Atkins guilty of all charges.

Adkins was convicted of two counts of aggravated child molestation, five counts of child molestation and one of enticing a child. He faces up to life in prison on the charges when he is sentenced, which is scheduled for April 25.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

SNAP: Guam clergy sex abuse cases could reach 150-200

By Haidee V Eugenio, April 9, 2017, Pacific Daily News

The world’s largest network of priest abuse survivors says Guam’s clergy sex abuse cases could reach into the hundreds over the next couple of years, from 46 at present.

Guam children were allegedly abused by Catholic clergy between 1956 and 1988, based on lawsuits filed in local and federal courts between Nov. 1 and April 6.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Norbertines’ time in Ireland caused unspeakable damage

The last public Mass by a Norbertine priest in Ireland was celebrated on Sunday September 25th, 2016. As of that date all public ministry by the Norbertines on the island ceased.

This is referred to, almost in passing, in the review of child protection practices at the Norbertines published last Wednesday by the church’s child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Prep school teacher took boys on trips for camping, skiing — and abuse

By Craig R. McCoy, April 7, 2017, The Inquirer

By his own account, Bill Kershaw’s “greatest joy and accomplishment in life was in improving the lives of young boys.”

When not teaching fifth graders, Kershaw took boys camping, canoeing, and on ski trips. He “loved introducing boys to the wonders of nature.” 

After a long career at Philadelphia’s elite Chestnut Hill Academy and three other local private schools, Kershaw died a satisfied man, according to an obituary he drafted himself.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Fresno State Athletic Director Share Story Of Sexual Abuse

By Eric Luttrell, April 06, 2017, yourcentralvalley.com

Fresno State Athletic director Jim Bartko is sharing his own story of childhood sexual abuse. Bartko is speaking at a "sexual assault awareness month" event. It's his first public appearance since he spoke with the media back in january.

Bartko sat down with Eyewitness News before he took the stage. He told us he'll be talking about his guilt, and what suppressing those feelings did to him. Bartko did seek help, something he says, he'll be urging the students to do.Bartko's own story has already resonated with many. He says, he still gets letters from around the country. 

 

Read more
Add your reaction Share

Archbishop wants child sex abuse lawsuits filed against him dismissed

By Krystal Paco, April 05, 2017, Kuam News

It was almost a year ago the first survivors of clergy sex abuse went public. They are former Agat altar boys Roy Quintanilla, Walter Denton, Roland Sondia, and Joseph "Sonny" Quinata who reportedly told his mother on his death bed he was sexually abused by beloved priest Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

Their stories sparked a change in local law that provided an avenue for other survivors to sue their predators. The same law is under fire by Apuron's legal counsel who this week filed her motion for dismissal in the federal court.

Read more
Add your reaction Share

At sex abuse trial, St. Louis archbishop says he was unaware of priest's sleepovers

Joel Currier, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 3, 2017 

TROY, MO. • St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson testified Monday he told the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang to counsel a Lincoln County family about their participation in a rogue nun’s religious rituals but that he didn’t know the priest sometimes slept overnight at the family’s home.

Read more
Add your reaction Share