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Advocates call for removal of top Greek church official

By Travis Andersen, GLOBE STAFF, OCTOBER 12, 2016

Advocates for sexual abuse victims on Tuesday called for the removal of a top official in the Greek Orthodox church in New England, alleging he was “at least grossly negligent” in supervising a priest who was convicted last year of assaulting a boy in Maine.

Verne E. Paradie, a lawyer for the victim in the Maine case, said in a statement that Rev. Father Theodore J. Barbas, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, had an “ethical duty to ensure that this [convicted] priest ... was not a predator.”

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New York Democrats expect to approve Child Victims Act if they gain control of the Senate

By KENNETH LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF,  October 10, 2016

ALBANY — State Senate Democrats are expected to make passage of a bill making it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults one of their first priorities if they win the majority this fall.

Several Democrats say they expect the Child Victims Act will be among the first bills passed if the Democrats take control of the chamber.

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Sexual abuse survivors' group targets local Catholic church

Keri Blakinger, October 9, 2016, Chron

When Michael Norris was 11, he got a bad case of poison ivy at summer camp - a pretty normal childhood experience.

But that normal experience turned into lasting trauma when a Catholic priest working as a counselor at the all-boys camp invited the Kentucky pre-teen back to his cabin to "treat" the outbreak - and instead molested him, Norris alleges.

 

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Inquirer Editorial: Needed legislation gives child sexual abuse victims more time to sue

Philly.com, October 6, 2016

The Pennsylvania Senate can redeem itself by supporting a bill it earlier gutted that would expand both the criminal and civil statutes of limitation on child sex abuse. The legislation would allow pedophilia victims who were assaulted years ago to sue institutions that protected their abusers for decades.

The House is expected to pass its original bill and send it to the Senate before it recesses for the November election. 

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Attorney General Madigan Urges Lawmakers to Eliminate Statutes of Limitations on Child Abuse Crimes

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Settlement Reached in Federal Lawsuit Involving Diocese in India

Jennie Lissarrague, Eye Witness News 5, KSTP.com, October 03, 2016

A settlement has been reached that prevents a priest convicted of sexual abuse from returning to the ministry.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul assaulted Megan Peterson multiple times in 2004 and 2005, starting when she was 14. Jeyapaul was a priest at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenbush, Minnesota, near the Canadian border, at the time.

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Former priest, Navy chaplain to be sentenced in child porn case

Associated Press, October 2, 2016, Crux

WILMINGTON, Del. - A former Navy chaplain and Catholic priest who sexually assaulted a Naval Academy midshipman years ago is facing sentencing on federal child pornography charges.

Sentencing for John Thomas Matthew Lee of Millsboro, which has been postponed several times, is now set for Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Former altar-boy coordinator at St. Brendan arraigned on child-rape charges

By Staff, Sep. 29, 2016, Dorchester Reporter

Michael Walsh, 80, was arraigned Wednesday on charges he raped and indecently attacked a Dorchester boy more than two decades ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Walsh was an altar-boy coordinator at St. Brendan Church and a coach in the Cedar Grove Baseball League.

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Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

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Should Pennsylvania sex abuse survivors accept half loaf of justice?

Bill White, Contact Reporter, The Morning Call, September 26, 2016

 Is half a loaf better than none?

Not when it comes to this year's emotional and contentious effort to offer justice to many victims of child sex abuse in Pennsylvania by extending or eliminating statutes of limitations, according to the Legislature's most visible advocate for changing the law.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, told me last week that he has consulted with survivors, advocacy groups and other House members over the question of whether the House should accept the watered down version of House Bill 1947 that passed the Senate in June.

 

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