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Child sexual abuse victims to be granted compensation following criticism

By , The Gaurdian

Fresh guidelines have been issued to ensure that child victims of sexual abuse are not denied compensation on the mistaken grounds that they consented to a relationship.

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Hundreds Gather to Honor Barbara Blaine, Founder of Abuse Victims Group SNAP

By Mary Ann Ahern, October 29, 2017, NBC Chicago 5

More than 500 friends, family and those touched by Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests founder Barbara Blaine attended her memorial in Chicago Saturday.

Blaine died suddenly in September after suffering a torn blood vessel in her heart. She was 61 years old.

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Collateral damage: the family upheaval that results from abuse

By John Meagher, October 29 2017, Irish Independent

Betrayal. It's the first word that Dr Marie Keenan thinks of when she considers the overriding emotion experienced when a family member is revealed to be a sex offender.

"That sense of betrayal is enormous," she says. "This is someone they loved, whom they thought they knew intimately, and now they are having to confront the most horrific news."

Dr Keenan, a lecturer at the School of Social Policy, University College Dublin, is one of the country's foremost experts of the impact of sex abuse - not just on the actual victims, but those other people caught in the slipstream.

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THE LOST CHILDREN OF TUAM

 OCT. 28, 2017, NY Times

Ireland Wanted to Forget. But the Dead Don’t Always Stay Buried.

TUAM, Ireland

Behold a child.

A slight girl all of 6, she leaves the modest family farm, where the father minds the livestock and the mother keeps a painful secret, and walks out to the main road. Off she goes to primary school, off to the Sisters of Mercy.

Her auburn hair in ringlets, this child named Catherine is bound for Tuam, the ancient County Galway town whose name derives from a Latin term for “burial mound.” It is the seat of a Roman Catholic archdiocese, a proud distinction announced by the skyscraping cathedral that for generations has loomed over factory and field.

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SIX SETTLEMENTS ANNOUNCED IN NYC CHILD SEX ABUSE CASES AGAINST CATHOLIC PRIESTS

By Lindsay Tuchman, October 26, 2017, Spectrum News NY1

Six new settlements in some child sex abuse cases facing the Catholic Church were announced Wednesday as part of a new program within the Diocese of Brooklyn, which also covers Queens, and the Archdiocese of New York, which covers the other three boroughs. As NY1's Lindsay Tuchman reports, two unidentified abusers were also revealed.

The law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates presented the photos of some Catholic priests who are accused of sexually abusing children in the city.

 

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Stolen Childhoods

By Maria Panaritis, The Inquirer

Decades later, the damage from one Philadelphia predator priest still torments a generation of victims.

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Priest pleads guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges of sex assaulting a child at Wauwatosa school

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More former students sue over alleged abuse at boarding school

By Lacie Pierson, October 23, 2017, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Nine former students of a now-closed boarding school have filed lawsuits this month saying they suffered severe abuse as part of a “culture of silence and secrecy” among officials at two schools in West Virginia and Tennessee.

The lawsuits, filed in Kanawha Circuit Court from Oct. 13-17, are the latest legal actions taken in the case of Miracle Meadows School in Salem, Harrison County. Two other former students filed a similar lawsuit in January.

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St. Pius first NM stop for Perrault

By Olivier Uyttebrouck. October 20th, 2017, Albuquerque Journal

St. Pius X High School leaders were hit with a “bombshell” in 1970 when they were told of allegations of sexual abuse against the Rev. Arthur Perrault, a teacher at the Archdiocese of Santa Fe’s flagship high school.

Those allegations remained secret for decades, but documents released this week pull back the curtain on how those school leaders and the archbishop responded.

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Man wants mom's tombstone to say she 'supported priest rapist victims,' but diocese objects

By Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, October 20, 2017

Marguerite Ridgeway was a fervent Catholic until her faith was shaken when church sex abuse scandals came to light, particularly a decades-old trauma recounted by her daughter-in-law.

Now Ridgeway’s son wants to install a marker at his late mother’s gravesite in Wheaton bearing the inscription “She supported priest rapist victims.”

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