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George Pell appeals, the church gets tax breaks – while victims serve life

Victims of sexual abuse can never appeal their sentence. They have to live with the results of abuse for the rest of their lives.


Thousands of stories from sexual assault survivors blanket the Mall

In the shadow of the Washington Monument, the messages were scrawled in Sharpie, stitched in yarn, written in paint. There were thousands of them, woven onto red quilts that stretched across the length of four football fields:


‘Much progress still needed’ DiNardo says as bishops release child protection report

.- The U.S. bishops’ conference has released its annual report on the protection of children. The report records an increase in the number of new allegations of clerical sexual abuse being brought forward following the launch of independent compensation programs in some states.


Former bishop not listed as 'credibly accused,' despite diocesan board's finding

When one of the longest-serving Western Massachusetts bishops was accused of child sexual abuse, a successor rose to his defense.


Here's what police seized during the Catholic Diocese of Dallas raid

DALLAS — On May 15, Dallas police raided three separate locations as part of their investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against Catholic of Diocese Dallas priests. According to police, church officials repeatedly stonewalled investigators' attempts to get information pertaining to allegations made against at least five priests.


Editorial: St. Louis victims have waited long enough for findings on clergy sexual abuse.

For months now, the St. Louis Archdiocese has been saying it intends to follow the lead of its counterparts around the nation and publicly identify its clergy who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of children. Since last year, the Missouri Attorney General’s office, under two consecutive office-holders, has said it will complete and release an independent investigation of the issue statewide. To date, neither promise has been fulfilled.


Diocese Adds More Names to Priests List

WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has added nine additional names to the list of priests associated with the diocese accused in sexual abuse incidents since the1950s, bringing the total number to 40.


Victims advocate pushes Sioux City diocese to expand list of church officials accused of abuse

SIOUX CITY -- Tim Lennon stood at the corner of 10thand Douglas streets Thursday – the steeple of the Cathedral of the Epiphany rising high above him – as he held the picture of a 12-year old boy who had been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in Sioux City 1960.


Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors and Iowa Legislator Call for Changes to Child Sex Abuse Laws

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests held a press conference at the Iowa Capitol with Iowa State Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen on Wednesday to call on legislators and the attorney general to do more for victims of child sexual abuse.


Catholic monk joins Msgr. Craig Harrison accusers

It's been almost a month since Msgr. Craig Harrison was put on leave pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. We've seen huge support for Msgr. Harrison, and we've seen support from victim advocacy groups for the men who've come forward.


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