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Overdue Justice for Sexual Abuse Survivors: States Repeal Statutes of Limitations Throughout the Country

Two dozen state legislatures have opened one- or two-year ‘windows’ during which any victim can sue any person who molested them in childhood and any institution that ignored or hid the abuse, regardless of when the abuse took place.

One in nine girls and one in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an adult. (Austin Monitor / Creative Commons)

Court Dismisses Legion Of Christ Suit Over Vacant Land

MOUNT PLEASANT, NY — The state Supreme Court recently dismissed a civil rights lawsuit by a religious group against the town for lack of evidence.

Ex-NYC councilman, SEBCO founder accused of child sex abuse

Louis Gigante, a former priest turned New York City councilman who is credited for rebuilding the Hunts Point section of the Bronx in the 1980s, is being accused of sexually abusing a minor while at St. Athanasius Church in Longwood, according to recent court filings.

Clergy Abuse Probe By Wisconsin DOJ Receives Over 100 Reports Of Abuse, Inquiry Ongoing

The state Department of Justice is conducting Wisconsin’s first statewide independent investigation into abuse by clergy and faith leaders. Attorney General Josh Kaul said that since the inquiry was announced in April, the agency has received more than 100 reports of abuse.

Saskatoon Catholic diocese releases details on 9 sexual assault and misconduct cases

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has released details about nine historical cases involving sexual abuse and misconduct that were investigated as part of the Safer Churches, Safer communities Safeguarding Action Plan.

$10M lawsuit filed against Vatican, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston after priest accused of child sexual abuse

GALVESTON, Texas – A $10 million lawsuit has been filed against Holy See and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and its Cardinal, Daniel N. DiNardo, on behalf of the parents of a child they say was sexually abused by Rev. Phi Thanh Nguyen in November 2018, according to the lawsuit.

Former Christendom College professor arrested on charges of soliciting a child

A longtime economics and political science professor at Christendom College in Virginia has been charged with solicitation of a minor younger than 16 years old and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.

SNAP Leader Mary McHale and Communications Manager Mike McDonnell participated in a PBS documentary episode about Pope Francis

On March 13, 2013, at the age of 76, Jorge Bergoglio was named the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. SNAP Leader Mary McHale and our Communications Manager, Mike McDonnell, participated in Season 2, Episode 1 about Pope Francis. Mary was interviewed as a survivor advocate at the 37:29 mark, and Mike is interviewed beginning at the 43:44 mark in this 60-minute segment.   

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.

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