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Clergy abuse victims too scared to speak to inquiry

A former Victorian sex crimes squad detective says many clergy abuse victims are too scared to make submissions to a parliamentary inquiry.


Report offers hope for real-world thinking at KC diocese

Today, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese takes another step toward transparency and common sense.


Trial starts for man accused of sex abuse

The trial begins Wednesday for a man accused of posing as a marriage counselor and sexually abusing his patients. The trial begins Wednesday for a man accused of posing as a marriage counselor and sexually abusing his patients.


Monsignor Lynn Will Ask To Be Released On Bail

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Monsignor William Lynn plans to seek bail Monday while his attorneys appeal his conviction in the church sex abuse scandal.


MO - Shawn Ratigan to plead guilty today

A Kansas City priest accused of producing and possessing child pornography will plead guilty today to at least some of the federal charges he faces, his attorney confirmed.


Adam Fisher: An abuse case's aftershocks

NORTHAMPTON - On precisely the same day that Andrew Nicastro of Williamstown on Friday withdrew his priest-abuse lawsuit against two retired Springfield bishops in return for $500,000, a contrasting scenario was playing out a half a world away.


PA - Giving a voice to childhood sex abuse victims

On the heels of the conviction of a high-ranking Catholic church official, veteran attorneys and a victims' advocate encourage childhood sexual abuse victims to speak up.

Be silent no more.


MT - More Victims Claiming Sexual Abuse by Montana Priests

In January, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that a Yakima, Washington–based law firm had filed a 12-page legal complaint on behalf of a Northern Cheyenne tribal member seeking justice for years of abuse she suffered as a child at Montana’s St. Labre Indian School in the 1950s and 1960s. The case is a significant one, as the accused is Father Emmett Hoffmann, a near-legendary figure on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.


Abuse trials miss other victims

Outside their own circles, they're mostly unknown — and certainly not referred to as Victim No. … But other child sex-abuse victims across Pennsylvania are just as entitled to justice as those whose accusations were heard in the sensational trials of a former college football coach and a high-ranking Catholic Church official.


Long Beach priest charged with sex assault on two women, girl

LONG BEACH — A catholic priest from a Long Beach church was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and a teenage girl, police announced Tuesday.


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