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‘I apologized to my rapist’: ND alumna accuses former classmate, chair of BC theology department of sexual assault

The chair of theology at Boston College has been accused of sexually assaulting a former classmate in 1987 while the two were theology doctoral students at Notre Dame.

Advocates push for a clergy abuse investigation in memory of Notre Dame graduate who died one year ago

GREEN BAY - Supporters of a man who accused priests at St. Norbert Abbey of sexually abusing him gathered outside a Green Bay Catholic high school Sunday to call on state officials to pull back the curtain on clergy abuse in Wisconsin. 

3rd man accuses a Chicago activist priest of sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — A third man has come forward with sexual abuse allegations against a Chicago priest who has gained widespread acclaim for his activism, saying he felt he owes it to two brothers who have faced criticism for accusing the priest of abusing them decades ago when they were teens.

Victim advocates say U.S. military gets an ‘F’ on sexual assault prevention

For a decade, advocates have argued commanders should be removed from deciding the fate of those accused of sexual assault in the U.S. military. But military victim advocates now say they too should be removed from the chain of command. Nick Schifrin talks to four military victim advocates about the widespread and longstanding problem of sexual assault in the military, and possible solutions.

Priest ‘sexually and physically’ abused boys at Belvedere College in 1970s

A Jesuit priest abused boys at Belvedere College in Dublin’s city centre when he taught there in the 1970s, the congregation has confirmed, two years after being confronted by a former victim about the secrecy surrounding the case.

The Conscience of the Catholic Church

Anne Barrett Doyle is a devoted mother, practicing Catholic, and one of the fiercest crusaders against clergy sex abuse.

Child sexual abuse victims retraumatised in their fight for justice

He was 12 years old when the abuse started.

The principal at his elite Christchurch Catholic school would call the boys to his office to check their lunch boxes. When J arrived, the principal would take him into his office and tell him his parents had sent him to the school “to help him become a man”.

Boston College investigates prominent theologian after sexual assault allegation

Boston College is investigating the chairman of its theology department following allegations he sexually assaulted a former classmate in 1987.

Vatican trial: Former students recall 'unhealthy' environment at minor seminary

VATICAN CITY — Several former students told a Vatican court that they experienced an "unhealthy" environment at a minor seminary inside the Vatican.

The young men, who had studied at the St. Pius X Pre-Seminary, operated by the Diocese of Como inside the Vatican, took the stand Feb. 24 at the trial in the Vatican City State criminal court against Fr. Gabriele Martinelli, who is accused of sexually abusing a fellow student at the seminary.

Opinion: The Attack in the Judicial Proceedings Committee

After the unnecessary and disturbing mudslinging in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee (JPR) earlier this month, I have been thinking about the role of character and bravery in the work of lawmakers.

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