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Iowa Senate panel weighs changes in child sex abuse lawsuits

William Petroski, [email protected] 4:10 p.m. CST February 26, 2015, Des Moines Register

Victims of child sexual abuse would have more time to file civil lawsuits, and the statute of limitations for child sex crimes would be eliminated, under a bill advanced by an Iowa Senate subcommittee following emotional testimony Thursday.

An Advocate for the Sexually Abused Demands Answers from Prestonwood Baptist Church

, Dallas Observer  

The letter was anonymous, just like other warnings that came before it. In late January, it arrived in the mailboxes of advocates who work on behalf of Christian sex-abuse victims. For 26 pages, it offered a rambling defense of a place that shouldn't need one — Prestonwood Baptist Church, a Plano mega-church with 37,000 members, three campuses, decades of mostly good publicity and a celebrity pastor named Jack Graham.

Priest Likely to Plead Guilty

Posted: Wed 7:05 AM, Feb 25, 2015, News

DETROIT (AP) -- A Catholic priest charged with secretly recording high school hockey players in the locker room is returning to Detroit federal court for a likely guilty plea.

Removal of time limitations barrier may prompt child abuse victims to speak out

Feb. 24, 2015, 6:24 pm, The Courier, Australia

ONE less hurdle for victims of child abuse in Victoria has now been removed.

Victims of child abuse in this state will be able to seek civil damages regardless of when the abuse occurred thanks to new laws to remove complex time limitations.

Why do religious clerics get away with sexual abuse?

Published: February 23, 2015, The Express Tribune Blogs

For years we’ve made fun of the Catholic priests fondling with young ones. Their ghastly and heinous acts of insensitivity disgust our spirits and we all abhor such practices. I once stopped by and spoke to John Wojnowski, himself a victim, on Massachusetts Avenue, Washington DC, who has been protesting for years, trying to bring the world’s attention to the abusive ways of the clergy.

Chilean Priests Join Forces Against Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, Claiming He Covered Up Sexual Abuse

National victims' group calls for suspension of Catholic priest accused of inappropriate sex

By Brendan Kirby, February 19, 2015 at 8:19 PM,

A national support group for sexual abuse victims said Thursday that a Mobile priest accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenager a decade ago should be suspended.

Official at religious academy in Kodiak accused of physical, mental abuse of students

Jerzy Shedlock, February 18, 2015, Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska State Troopers are investigating public allegations of physical and mental abuse against students of an Eastern Orthodox church school for troubled youths in Kodiak.

Former students of St. Innocent’s Academy have submitted victims’ statements to the website Academy Abuse, which went live in early January.

Ramsey County will not prosecute suspect accused of clergy abuse at New Brighton church

Submitted by admin on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:16am,

Allegations date to the early 1990s

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced Feb. 11 that it would not pursue criminal charges relating to allegations of criminal sexual conduct alleged to have taken place at Saint John the Baptist Parish School in New Brighton in the early 1990s due to lack of evidence.

El Papa Francisco dice que va por pederastas pero los está encubriendo, acusan víctimas

febrero 16, 2015,

Ciudad de México, 16 de febrero (SinEmbargo).– “Pon la cabeza en mi pecho. Saca la lengüita”, le dijo el sacerdote Fernando Karadima Fariña, conocido como El Marcial Maciel chileno, a Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew. “Yo la sequé y puso su lengua en mi lengua y me empezó a toquetear”.

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