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Tennessee dismissed child abuse allegation, did not interview children at Chattanooga shelter a month before employees there were arrested
The Tennessee Department of Children's Services declined to investigate a child abuse complaint against an employee at the Chattanooga shelter housing unaccompanied minors in May, weeks before the state acknowledged alleged abuse at the facility and a month before Chattanooga police charged that employee with sexual battery.
‘We’re going to tell our stories’: Diné victim advocates are overcoming stigma and limited resources to develop a community-based response to sexual violence
The FBI awarded Utah Navajo Health System for its victim advocacy program as a new domestic violence shelter opens in Blanding.
(Zak Podmore | The Salt Lake Tribune) An agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation poses with Utah Navajo Health System's victim advocates Jessica Holiday (second from left), Tonya Grass, Lynn Bia and Danialle Whitehat, who received a community leadership award from the FBI in Montezuma Creek on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
THE ARMY OF SURVIVORS STATEMENT ON U.S. DOJ’S INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW OF THE FBI’S HANDLING OF ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY FORMER USA GYMNASTICS PHYSICIAN
"We stand with our allies at The Army of Survivors and join them in calling for an investigation by the Department of Justice into the mishandling of abuse allegations by former USA gymnastics physician Larry Nassar," says Zach Hiner, Executive Director for SNAP.
(Full Statement from The Army of Survivors below)
Content warning: Mention of abusers’ names and sexual violence.
Okemos, Michigan (July 14, 2021) — Following initial review of Wednesday’s report from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on its investigation into the FBI’s handling of allegations of sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics phycisian Larry Nassar, The Army of Survivors has issued the following statement:
The Army of Survivors shares our support, care and concern for the many survivors who were today once again reminded of the trauma they experienced by former USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar. Our organization was founded by a group of more than 40 survivors of sexual violence, some of whom were impacted by Nassar as young athletes.
DOJ gives update on Wisconsin clergy abuse inquiry, receiving more than 100 reports since April
MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Wisconsin Department of Justice says it has received more than 100 reports of abuse by clergy and faith leaders since opening a statewide inquiry in April.
Priest guilty of 25 sexual abuse charges
A Catholic priest has been found guilty of numerous historical abuse charges including three counts of having homosexual sex with young boys.
NDP calls for criminal probe into residential schools
The federal New Democrats are calling on Ottawa to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate potential crimes committed against Indigenous people at residential schools, and their alleged perpetrators.
N.J. Catholic diocese sells archbishop’s controversial ‘luxury’ retirement house for $910K
A sprawling retirement house used by former Newark Archbishop John J. Myers — that drew protests from some parishioners for being too lavish for a Catholic priest — has been sold, church officials said.
Federal probe of American Indian boarding schools reflects dark chapter in U.S. history
'It’s a very important chapter in our history that needs to be addressed. You just can’t sweep it under the rug and forget about it'
Among the crumbling ruins of the former St. Boniface Indian Industrial School in Banning is a fenced enclosure where broken, weathered and worn grave markers lie. A white, wooden cross looms over the cemetery, where the remains of more than a dozen Indigenous children remain buried and forgotten.
Nestled against a hillside, it is a somber reminder of the atrocities that once occurred there.
Tennessee abuse case settled after allegations 'one of the most respected priests' exploited adult converting to Catholicism
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville has settled an abuse lawsuit against "one of the most respected priests in the diocese" who was accused of sexually exploiting an adult woman he converted to the Catholic faith in 2000.
In the lawsuit, Celeste Arnone accused the Rev. Michael Sweeney of sexual assault and exploitation, severe psychological distress, defamation, the loss of faith in God and the loss of her marriage. She also accused the diocese of negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress for its handling of her allegations after they were first reported.
"I hope my case will help survivors to, first of all, realize that this is not your fault, even if you might think it is, and it may take years to realize what actually did happen to you," Arnone said in a statement to the Times Free Press.
Ex-New Orleans priest accused of molestation surrenders law license after lying about past
Patrick Sanders insists he is innocent, saying, “I feel an injustice has been done to me and my life’s vocation has been taken away.”
NEW ORLEANS — A former New Orleans-area priest who was removed from the ministry over credible allegations of child sex abuse before becoming a successful personal injury attorney recently surrendered his law license forever because he hid his scandalous past from bar exam administrators.