Our hearts go out to the young victim and recognize the pain and isolation she must feel. Her welfare is of utmost importance and everything should be done to insure that she is safe and secure, free from any intimidation. Detention seems a harsh remedy. Surely the courts can take into consideration her youth and emotional insecurity to make other arrangements less egregious and punitive.
It is deplorable that Darwin Schauer was hired as a pastor when officials knew that he had abused children in the past. Charges of negligence should be brought against these officials for placing this predator in a situation where he easily could – and did – abuse another child. We hope that justice will be served for the newest victim of this predator.
We support the effort in IL led by State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) to toughen the sex offender registry. The safety of children and the prevention of future child sexual abuse should always be paramount in discussions about these laws. We are glad that, unlike in neighboring Missouri, lawmakers in IL are focusing on the right priorities.
For the second time in his career, Los Angeles' Cardinal Roger Mahony will testify in open court in a child sex abuse and cover up case in Stockton, a diocese he headed for years before coming to LA.
Twice in a matter of weeks, a supporter of Fr. Michael Kelly has attempted to sway a juror. This is a crime, and deserves to be punished as such. It is one thing to pray for a priest and believe he is innocent (though a 12 person jury found him guilty of molesting a boy). It is quite another to actively attempt to persuade a juror towards your point of view.
We are glad that the Spanish government is taking this step to help make right the stolen babies scandal. While a lifetime away from one’s rightful child or parents is sure to be devastating, we hope that helping these “stolen children” find their biological parents will result in some healing for both parties.
We are child sex abuse victims and supporters. We belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.
A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is asking a South Dakota church to reconsider licensing a convicted sex offender. Juan Carlos Sabalier is the music leader and youth leader at Huron Baptist Church (955 Lincoln Ave. SW, 605 352 5310, 605 354 0614) in Huron, SD.
April 11, 2012, New York – Today, a survivor-led support group for sex abuse victims, which is under attack by U.S. Catholic officials, submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) new and extensive documentation that the organization says shows ongoing child rape by Catholic clergy and continuing cover-ups by bishops and Vatican officials. The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the new evidence, submitted by SNAP’s attorneys at the Center for Constitutional Rights, underscores the urgent need to prevent future child sex crimes and cover-ups and hold church officials accountable for widespread human rights abuses.
A few Missouri lawmakers want to stop requiring convicted sex offenders to list their work addresses on the state sex offender registry. (Some say this requirement makes it harder for some offenders to get some jobs.