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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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New Mexico judge orders release of clergy sex abuse records

By Associated Press, October 19, 2017, Fox News

Hundreds of pages of court records related to sexual abuse allegations against clergy members are being made public in response to an order from a New Mexico judge, marking the largest disclosure of such records since alleged victims began suing the Archdiocese of Santa Fe nearly three decades ago.

Church officials said in a statement issued after Wednesday's release that they hope the disclosure along with the recent publication of a list of clergy accused of sexual misconduct will serve as an additional step in healing for survivors, their families and parishioners.

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France considers tough new laws to fight sexual harassment and abuse

By Kim Willsher, The Gaurdian 

French MPs are to debate legislation to crack down on sexist or sexual aggression and harassment, especially assaults on children. 

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Motion filed to unseal documents involving prior First Baptist Church sex abuse

By Caroline Patrickis, October 17, 2017, WISTV

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A popular Columbia church is at the center of a lawsuit claiming sex abuse - again.

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Remembering Barbara Blaine, a visionary advocate for survivors everywhere

By Pamela Spees, September 26, 2017, The CCR Blog

Barbara Blaine, founder and former president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, died on Sunday, September 24, 2017. She was only 61. We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague.

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'Pack of hyenas': how Harvey Weinstein's power fuelled a culture of enablers

By Rory Carroll in Los Angeles and Sam Levin in San Francisco, October 13, 2017, The Guardian

It was Harvey Weinstein’s most ambitious production. A storyline stretching over 20 years with a rotating cast of actors, multiple locations across the US and Europe, a disciplined crew of assistants, producers and fixers, savvy dealmaking, and a publicity machine like no other.

But this was not The English Patient, Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare in Love, The King’s Speech or any other of his films that earned more than 300 Oscar nominations.

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Lawsuit accuses Columbia’s First Baptist Church of history of covering up child sex abuse

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Former pastor of large Lexington church charged with sexual abuse of teens

By MIKE STUNSON AND GREG KOCHER, October 12, 2017, Lexington Herald Leader

A former associate pastor of a large Lexington church has been charged with sexual abuse of two teens, according to court records.

Reid Buchanan, who worked at St. Luke United Methodist Church from July 2016 until August of this year, was arrested Wednesday by Lexington police. Two minors accused Buchanan, 63, of touching them inappropriately multiple times, starting when they were younger, according to a complaint warrant filed in Fayette District Court.

The abuse of the youngest victim allegedly began two years ago. She didn’t come forward until a recent incident.

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