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New documentary highlights abuse cover-up in Poland

A new Polish documentary film on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy was released Saturday through the internet. Hide and Seek, produced by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, documents not only the sexual abuse of children within the Church in Poland, but also the abuse of power by the Church hierarchy.


Judge Sets Deadline for Abuse Claims Vs. Harrisburg Diocese

HARRISBURG, PA. (AP) — A federal judge is giving most claimants until Nov. 13 to seek compensation over child sexual abuse from the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese, which sought bankruptcy protection earlier this year.


Employee sues Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, claiming retaliation for reporting sex-abuse complaint

SAGINAW, MI — A man who says his job with the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw was impacted after he reported a sex-abuse complaint against a priest has filed a lawsuit against the diocese.


Minors accounting for unprecedented amount of calls to National Sexual Assault Hotline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time, minors are making up half of the victims receiving help from the National Sexual Assault Hotline.


Clergy confidentiality at issue in Amish bishop's case

The criminal complaint against the Amish bishop is clear about how he learned of a church member’s alleged sexual assault on three young teenage girls:


New York extends civil ‘look back’ for child sexual assault victims

ALBANY — New Yorkers who were sexually assaulted as children will have a little more time to take legal action against their alleged abusers.


Catholic Diocese, Western Mass. District Attorneys Reach Deal On Sexual Abuse Reporting

The Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese and three western Massachusetts prosecutors have reached a deal on how the church will report sexual abuse allegations.


Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

A bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints.


Supreme Court says Basilian Fathers responsible for $2.5M in damages to sexual abuse victim Rod MacLeod

Rod MacLeod, the victim of a pedophile priest in the 1960s at a Sudbury high school, said he hopes his latest legal victory will inspire other sexual abuse victims to come forward and “seek justice through the court.”


There’s a new Baptist sex abuser database, but SBC action is still needed

(RNS) — For more than a decade, abuse survivor advocates have been asking the Southern Baptist Convention to establish a clergy predator database, and for just as long they've been confronted with a denomination determined to do nothing.


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