It’s disturbing that Minnesota Catholic officials stayed silent about these serious and credible allegations for days.
We call on Penn State officials to disavow confidentiality or "gag" orders and to agree not to ask victims to sign them before their cases are settled. From a PR perspective, these orders may be tempting, but from a prevention perspective, these orders will only do the public a disservice.
MaleSurvivor applauds the jury for it's courageous verdict and the tireless work of prosecutors and officials in the case against Monsignor Lynn.
The historic guilty verdict today against a top Philadelphia Catholic official should embolden KC prosecutors and give KC Bishop Finn serious pause.
We agree with prosecutors: Msgr. Lynn is a flight risk and should be jailed right now. That's only prudent.
This day—and the relief, vindication and healing it gives clergy sex abuse victims—is long overdue. The guilty verdict sends a strong and clear message that shielding and enabling predator priests is a heinous crime that threatens families, communities and children, and must be punished as such. It is also the criminal justice system's "shot across the bow," sending a clear signal to all institutions: “Protect kids, oust predators or go to jail.”
We call on prosecutors to charge Fr. Jerold Lindner with perjury. To let him get by with lying on the witness stand would be an affront to Will Lynch, other child sex abuse victims, and to justice itself.
Sex crimes against children are rarely a one-time occurrence. It is not a 'mistake' or 'error in judgment,' but is repeated behavior that must be stopped early.
The NJ Senate Judiciary Committee will meet this morning in Trenton to hear testimony and consider a bill to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to take legal action against predators.
We applaud Pennsylvania lawmakers who are pushing a discharge petition so that a crucial bill to help expose child predators can move forward.