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Three common strategies sexual offenders use to discredit child witnesses

By Boz Tchividjian

August 22, 2014

A Texas high school student named Greg Kelley was recently convicted of sexually victimizing a four year old boy.  Despite the jury verdict, a small vocal group of supporters have been working hard to convince the public that this sexual offender is innocent..   Marginalizing the powerful voice of the child victim is often at the heart of this disturbing and all too common objective.   In my years as a child sexual abuse prosecutor, I discovered that offenders and their supporters use three common strategies to try and convince others to embrace their distorted definition of innocence: 

Kansas City is still waiting for the bishop and Catholic diocese to do the right thing

By Kansas City Star

August 19, 2014

The only reassuring news to come out of an arbitrator’s recent finding against the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is that its Victim Advocacy Program, created in 2008 in response to the priest abuse scandal, is operating well.

Priest accused of molesting child in Elizabeth 50 years ago

By Bill Zlatos

August 17, 2014

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh began informing parishioners of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor nearly 11 years after its leaders learned of the accusation.

Justice Denied for Abused Children

By the New York Times Editorial Board

August 13, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill last week that adds compensated public school coaches to the list of professionals, including teachers, required to report to authorities suspected cases of child sexual abuse and other maltreatment. This leaves uncovered some (but not all) private and parochial school coaches, volunteer coaches and college-level coaches. And it does nothing to elevate New York’s low ranking when it comes to providing justice to the victims of child sexual abuse. That shabby distinction is directly related to the state’s failure to extend its severely short statute of limitations in child-sexual-abuse cases.

Church child abuse victims' group SNAP takes on Poland

By Polskie Radio

August 13, 2014

The largest international organisation devoted to aiding victims of Church child abuse and exposing paedophile priests is setting up branches in Poland.

SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), which was founded in the US in 1989, currently has representatives in 56 countries.

“We want to appoint a local [SNAP] leader in every diocese or region,” said Maria Mucha, who is setting up the organisation's Polish network, in an interview with the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

Priest abuse victims demand Jarrell, Harson release names

By Claire Taylor

August 13, 2014

A national group of priest sex abuse victims is calling on Bishop Michael Jarrell and District Attorney Mike Harson to release the names of 15 credibly accused priests.

New documents show falsehoods in Nienstedt testimony

By Madeleine Baran 

August 11, 2014

Documents made public Monday in a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis show that Archbishop John Nienstedt made false statements under oath in April about his knowledge of a priest accused of child sexual abuse.


Former deacon, teacher in Mahoning County loses teaching license

BY The Vindicator Staff Report

August 8, 2014

A former deacon and teacher at two schools in Mahoning County has lost his teaching license.

Ernest Formichelli taught at Cardinal Mooney High School from 1976-2013 and St. Christine School from 1971-76, according to diocese records. He no longer is employed by the Diocese of Youngstown and no longer is a deacon.

Attorney releases names of 8 'credibly accused' priests

By Forum News Service

August 5, 2014

Plaintiffs' attorney Jeffrey Anderson released the names of eight priests from the Diocese of New Ulm who had been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors.

Listen to Barbara Blaine on WBEZ's Morning Shift!

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, of SNAP, met in Chicago this weekend for their annual conference. The organization functions as a support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy members, and works to connect people with the resources to move on from that experience. Now, 25 years after their inception, SNAP’s founder Barbara Blaine explains what the new pope’s formation of commission for the protection of minors means for the group, and how they can work with the Church in order to heal.

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