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Victoria Police launches new podcast to tackle sexual crime

By David Sparkes, ABC.net.au, September 4, 2017 

Victoria Police has launched a new podcast about sexual violence, aiming to convince more victims to report their assault.

The six-part series, called Unspeakable: Understanding Sexual Crime, is part of National Child Protection Week and tells true stories, featuring interviews with investigators, victims and their families.  

Inspector Everett Moutsidis from Family Violence Command told ABC Radio Melbourne each episode would provide a glimpse into the work done by Victoria Police's Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCIT).

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Active lawsuits accusing Guam priests of sex abuse now top 100

By Steve Limtiaco, Pacific Daily News, September 1, 2017, USA Today

AGÅTÑA, Guam — Two more lawsuits filed Friday in U.S. District Court here bring the number of active suits accusing clergy members and others affiliated with this island’s Catholic Church of sexually abusing children to more than 100.

The two priests named in the lawsuits — the Rev. Louis Brouillard, 96, and Antonio Cruz, now dead — have been named in other suits: Brouillard is accused in 58 cases, Cruz in seven cases although the plaintiff requested an additional one that was filed Monday in federal court be voluntarily dismissedThursday.

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Cambodian court imprisons Korean in sexual abuse of children

The Associated Press, The Seattle Times, August 31, 2017

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has found a 63-year-old Korean man guilty of child sex offenses and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.

A spokesman for the Siem Reap provincial court said Park Youl was found guilty on Thursday of child prostitution and sexual intercourse with girls under 15 years of age.

Cambodian newspapers, citing anti-human trafficking police, said at the time of Park’s arrest last October that he was a pastor of a Christian church in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia.

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Former NY priest Francis Stinner dies, but sex abuse controversy lives on

By Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, August 30, 2017, USA Today

Francis Stinner, a defrocked priest with ties to Somers, Bronxville, Chappaqua and Goshen in New York, died earlier this month at the age of 76.

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Archdiocese bankruptcy plans face off in court

By Jean Hopfensperer, August 29, 2017, Star Tribune

Judge hears competing plans to settle the claims, assigns the archdiocese some homework.

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Ex-Savannah Catholic priest indicted for sexual battery of minors

By Jan Skutch and DeAnn Komanecky, Savannah Morning News, August 28, 2017

Former Savannah Roman Catholic priest — and convicted child sex offender — Wayland Yoder Brown has been indicted in Jasper County, S.C., on nine counts of criminal misconduct with a minor — sexual battery — involving two male victims, South Carolina Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone III announced Monday.

Brown, 74, is in custody in Maryland, Stone said. He will be extradited to South Carolina. It’s not known how long that process will take.

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Restraining order, but no charges for New Ulm priest

By: Tom Lyden, August 27, 2017, FOX 9

 - A New Ulm area Catholic priest will not face criminal charges after a six-month long criminal investigation into allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl. 

The girl’s mother, however, has taken matters into her own hands, taking out a restraining order against the priest--Father Sam Wagner, age 33. 

In a statement, the Diocese of New Ulm said Fr. Wagner remains on leave from the ministry pending a decision by its Clergy Review Board.

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Irish priest in Argentine sex abuse scandal

By August 27 2017, The Sunday Times

An Irish priest is at the centre of a sexual abuse scandal engulfing Latin America. Finnlugh Mac Conastair, who died in 1997, has been accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy at a prestigious school in Argentina.

Two other Irishmen are reported to have known of the abuse. The allegations are making headlines across South America and have been reported by English-language news outlets elsewhere.

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How I discovered my childhood priest was in the Ku Klux Klan

The Rev. William M. Aitcheson was my childhood priest and my history teacher. A fervent advocate of the Confederacy, he used to joke about “Saint Robert E. Lee” in his homilies at church. When I was in middle school in the early 2000s, he taught a Civil War history class for the home-school group at my church in the small Shenandoah County town of Woodstock, Va.

He was also a former Ku Klux Klan member, who in 1982 was fined $26,000 for burning crosses in the yard of an African American family and on the grounds of two Jewish establishments — a fine he had never paid. Before that, he was charged with six cross-burnings in Maryland and with sending a threatening letter to Coretta Scott King. 

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RSS-affiliated group writes to Pope Francis and demands apology for 'religious discrimination and the rape of women' by Christians in Meghalaya

The right-wing in India is taking its fight to re-create India in its own image even further afield. 

The battle for the RSS and its many affiliated groups has moved away from the major metropolitan areas and towards the far-flung regions of the North East that are sometimes overlooked.

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