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The rapist of 13-year-old at church camp got no prison time. Now, thousands want the judge removed.

By Meagan Flynn, March 5, 2018, Washington Post

Benjamin Lawrence Petty was a cook at the church camp where a 13-year-old girl reported that he tied her up and raped her.

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Retired priest admits to sexually abusing boys

By WGRZ, February 28, 2018

BUFFALO, NY - A retired priest from Western New York has admitted to The Buffalo News that he sexually abused dozens of boys.

Reverend Norbert Orsolits told the paper the sexual encounters with teenage boys occurred during the 1970s and '80s. 

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Survivors, politicians propose sexual abuse reporting laws in Michigan

By Dan Murphy, February 26, 2018, ESPN

LANSING, Mich. -- The women who spoke up to help put convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar in prison are speaking again, this time in support of changes to Michigan laws that would make it easier to hold his enablers and future would-be abusers accountable.

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N.J. priest reassigned after sex abuse allegations surface from time as Staten Island teacher in 1980s

By Paul Liotta, February 26, 2018, SILive

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A New Jersey priest, who worked in Staten Island schools for more than 20 years as a layman, was put on a leave of absence Sunday after sexual abuse allegations connected to his time in the borough surfaced.

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South Korea church apologizes for abuse

By Agence France-Presse, February 25, 2018, Hurriyet Daily News

South Korea’s Catholic church on Feb. 25 apologized to a woman who accused a priest of sexual abuse and attempted rape during a trip to a mission in South Sudan.

Kim Min-Kyung took the rare step of appearing on television news last week to accuse the priest of sexually abusing her during their trip to the country in 2011.

Kim, a volunteer who helped build a school and medical clinics in South Sudan, said the priest repeatedly tried to rape her, at one point breaking into her room at night. “He pinned me down so that I couldn’t move and said ‘I can’t control my body anymore. Please understand me,’” Kim told KBS TV station, saying she managed to flee the room.

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Six Oregon men file suit against Albany First Assembly church for sex abuse

Feb 24, 2018

Six Oregon men filed a lawsuit Friday against the Albany First Assembly church, and the state and national organizations that operate the church, for sexual abuse they say they suffered as children in the 1980s, according to the Portland law firm representing the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit alleges that the church and its governing organizations failed to investigate and forward to police reports that a youth leader in the church had sexually abused a boy. Two leaders of a church youth program were later criminally convicted for sexually abusing several boys.

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Rabbi skips town after charges laid for multiple sex offences: Winnipeg police

By Kristin Annable, CBC News, Feb 20, 2018

A warrant for Rabbi Yacov Simmonds's arrest was issued in October

A rabbi well known in Winnipeg's Jewish community has been on the lam since October after being charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, CBC News has learned.

Police believe that Rabbi Yacov Simmonds, 42, has been hiding out somewhere in the United States after a warrant was issued for his arrest on three counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.

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Former papal adviser says Francis needs to make sex abuse a priority

By Claire Giangravè, February 22, 2018, Crux

ROME - A former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has charged that Pope Francis is not making the fight against sexual abuse a priority, and expressed her frustration with the procedures and limitations of the group, which she said led her to hand in her resignation last year.

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Iowa priest suspended after allegation of 'unwelcome advances,' diocese says

By Luke Nozicka, February 20, 2018, De Moines Register

A Council Bluffs priest was suspended Tuesday after an allegation of unwelcome advances, the diocese said.

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Disgraced cardinal cancels appearance representing Pope after locals vow to protest

By Claire Chretien, February 20, 2018, USA Life Site

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, February 19, 2018, LifeSiteNews  – Pope Francis appointed disgraced Cardinal Roger Mahony to be his special envoy to the Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s 150th anniversary Mass. But after uproar, the diocese removed the announcement of Mahony’s visit from their website and told LifeSiteNews the cardinal informed them “late last week” that he’ll be unable to attend.

On January 13, the Diocese of Scranton issued a press release saying, “Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Roger Michael Mahony, Archbishop Emeritus of Los Angeles, as his special envoy at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the erection of the Diocese of Scranton, to be observed with a Pontifical Mass on March 4 in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton.”

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