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Bishop McDevitt teacher charged with 153 counts of sexually abusing children
By Eric Veronikis, October 21, 2016, Pennlive
The Dauphin County District Attorney's office arrested and charged a Bishop McDevitt High School teacher with dozens of child sex abuse counts Thursday.
Randi Lynn Zurenko, 33, of Millerstown, Perry County, is charged with 13 counts of institutional sexual assault, 153 counts of sexual abuse of children, 33 counts of unlawful contact with minors, 20 counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor and 13 counts of corruption of minors.
Ex-Brooklyn priest who pleaded guilty of child sex abuse in 2008 is eligible for parole, but critics want him to serve full 18-year prison sentence
BY MICHAEL O’KEEFFE, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 24, 2016
A former Catholic priest from Brooklyn who pleaded guilty in 2008 to sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy is up for parole — but a relative of the victim and an abuse survivors’ organization say he should remain in prison.
Why Several Native Americans Are Suing the Mormon Church
LILLY FOWLER, OCT 23, 2016, The Atlantic
Participants in the Church-sponsored Indian Student Placement Program have filed at least three sexual-abuse lawsuits.
Native Americans who were part of a little-known Mormon program from 1947 to the mid-1990s share much of the same story. Year after year, missionaries or other members of the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints approached these families and invited their children into Mormon foster homes.
First, Do No Harm
By Abigail Pesta, Women's Health INVESTIGATES: SEXUAL ASSAULT,
Dawn Marie Basham shifted on the crinkly exam-table paper and pulled her skirt up just high enough to expose the cyst on the side of her leg, about four inches above her right knee. It was April 2014, and her regular M.D. in Delray Beach, Florida, had referred her to the doctor she was about to see so he could drain the growth. When he came in, he tugged the fabric higher, tucking it tightly between her inner thighs from behind. That’s weird, she thought. But I guess that’s what they do.
The doctor finished the procedure, then sent the nurse out of the room for bandages. He began wiping Dawn Marie’s knee; she assumed he was cleaning up the iodine. As he calmly asked the then-39-year-old singer about her work, he started dabbing her inner thighs. Her upper thighs. Her buttocks. When Dawn Marie felt his finger penetrate her vagina through her underwear, she froze. “I remember thinking: No, this cannot be.”
Convicted Pedophile Running For Catholic School Board
Michael Stone, October 17, 2016, Patheos
What could possibly go wrong?
Denis Robert Hall, a convicted pedophile, is running for a seat on the Saskatoon Catholic school board in Canada.
Hall pleaded guilty in 1981 to two charges of having intercourse with girls aged 14-16, as well as two counts of indecent assault. Hall was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
German Catholic choir abuse victims to receive compensation
Deutsche Welle, DW.com, October 13, 2016
Compensation will be paid to at least 422 people who were sexually and physically abused over several decades as part of a Catholic choir in Bavaria. A church and victims' representatives panel is addressing the abuse.
Hundreds of children who were sexually and physically abused over several decades at the Domspatzen, a world-famous Catholic choir in Bavaria, will be financially compensated, Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said on Wednesday.
Advocates call for removal of top Greek church official
By Travis Andersen, GLOBE STAFF, OCTOBER 12, 2016
Advocates for sexual abuse victims on Tuesday called for the removal of a top official in the Greek Orthodox church in New England, alleging he was “at least grossly negligent” in supervising a priest who was convicted last year of assaulting a boy in Maine.
Verne E. Paradie, a lawyer for the victim in the Maine case, said in a statement that Rev. Father Theodore J. Barbas, chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, had an “ethical duty to ensure that this [convicted] priest ... was not a predator.”
New York Democrats expect to approve Child Victims Act if they gain control of the Senate
By KENNETH LOVETT, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF, October 10, 2016
ALBANY — State Senate Democrats are expected to make passage of a bill making it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults one of their first priorities if they win the majority this fall.
Several Democrats say they expect the Child Victims Act will be among the first bills passed if the Democrats take control of the chamber.
Sexual abuse survivors' group targets local Catholic church
Keri Blakinger, October 9, 2016, Chron
When Michael Norris was 11, he got a bad case of poison ivy at summer camp - a pretty normal childhood experience.
But that normal experience turned into lasting trauma when a Catholic priest working as a counselor at the all-boys camp invited the Kentucky pre-teen back to his cabin to "treat" the outbreak - and instead molested him, Norris alleges.