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$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.
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.