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Lenexa church opposes young sex crime victims remaining anonymous in civil lawsuit

BY LAURA BAUER, lbauer@kcstar.com, July 7, 2016, KC Star

Two girls and their guardian sued Westside Family Church, saying it knowingly let teen sex offender be around kids

The victims’ attorney filed a motion to keep the girls’ identities secret during the civil lawsuit

The church’s attorney opposed that motion and said the case should be dismissed and refiled

 

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Fugitive molester accused of sexually abusing teen while on the run

By Mark Mueller and Enrique Lavin, NJ Advance Media, For NJ.com, July 05, 2016

An evangelical preacher wanted by authorities in New Jersey for molesting a teenage boy and for allegedly abusing three other young men has been accused by a parishioner of groping a teen in Nicaragua, where the fugitive had been in hiding, according to church officials there.

Gregorio Martinez, whose flight from justice was profiled in a special report by NJ Advance Media in May, allegedly groped a 15-year-old boy in Estelí, Nicaragua, earlier this year, said Pedro Matamoros, the pastor of the church where Martinez lived for about seven months.

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Sioux City Diocese asks for information on children victimized by deceased priest

IAN RICHARDSON, irichardson@siouxcityjournal.com, July 3, 2016 Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | After more than 55 years, a new sexual abuse allegation is casting a shadow on the career of a now-deceased priest who served in the Sioux City Diocese during the 1960s.

The Rev. Peter Murphy, who served at eight parishes throughout Northwestern Iowa in the 1950s, '60s and '70s, has been accused of raping and sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy while he was a temporary assistant at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Sioux City in 1960.

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Sex abuse group to Jeff church: 'Shame on them'

Bobby Shipman, The Courier-Journal, July 1, 2016

 

A priest sex abuse victims group has criticized Jeffersonville church officials for requesting prayers for an accused child molester instead of his potential victims.

 

David Clohessy, director the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, released a statement calling First Christian Church’s actions “stunningly callous.”

 

 

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Pennsylvania Senate committee reveals its twisted priorities

Bill White, Contact Reporter, June 29, 2016, The Morning Call

Pennsylvania House Bill 1947 stripped of retroactive access for victims

Piorities are important, for people and for politicians.

Most members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee made their priorities clear Tuesday. They concluded that it was more important to protect the financial resources of the Catholic Church and insurance industry than to offer justice to more victims of child sex abuse, to unmask predators to protect future children and to punish institutions that have aided and abetted in child abuse.

 

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Editorial: In support of Bill 326

The Guam Daily Post, Post News Staff  June 28, 2016

We join those in the community who support Bill 326 which proposes to eliminate the statute of limitations for civil cases involving child sex abuse. We continue to see child molestation as a particularly heinous crime with traumatic, long-term emotional impact.

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Philadelphia Archdiocese Campaigns Against Abuse Victims' Recourse Bill

June 21, 2016, NPR, KQED Public Radio

The bill would give sexual abuse victims more time to sue abusers. David Greene talks to state Rep. Nick Miccarelli, who voted for the legislation; then found out his parish wasn't happy about it.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

There's a piece of legislation in Pennsylvania that is giving the Catholic Church fits. It passed the state House. There's a vote expected now in the Senate. This legislation would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their abusers. This is an issue that has personal resonance for State Representative Nick Miccarelli, who voted for it.

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Priest abuse victim speaks out

At just 12 years old, Tim Lennon says he was raped by Father Peter Murphey after the priest joined the Blessed Sacrament parish in 1960.

"That sadness, or depression, anger, they don't leave," said Lennon.

Lennon, who's lived in California for years, was one of 12 in an Irish-Catholic family. His sister Cathy Frisch who lives in Dakota Dunes, says there was always something "different" about her brother compared to other kids.

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Applauding local religious leaders for acknowledging 'a great sin'

  • The LNP Editorial Board, June 20, 2016, Lancaster Online

THE ISSUE

Earlier this month, Lancaster County religious leaders from a mix of Christian denominations added their names to a letter to the state Senate Judiciary Committee. They urged quick passage in the Senate of House Bill 1947, which was approved overwhelmingly in the state House in April. The bill would abolish the statute of limitations for future criminal cases of child sexual abuse, and extend by 20 years the time for victims to bring civil suits against their assailants and an agency whose negligence enabled the abuse. 

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Inquirer editorial: Pa. Senate's poor excuse for ignoring sexual abuse victims

June 20, 2016, Philly.com

A bogus hearing staged by the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee last week suggested some members are determined to protect the Catholic Church and insurance companies instead of securing justice for the victims of pedophiles and the institutions that protect them.

Considering a bill passed by the House that would give abuse victims more time to file criminal and civil claims, the committee limited testimony to the question of the measure's constitutionality.

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