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SILENT NO MORE: Victim says abuse left her life a shambles

For decades, Leigh-Anne just wanted someone, anyone, to listen.

Instead, she said, she was placed in a mental hospital, silenced and ignored until she fell into a yearslong spiral of drug addiction, self-doubt and destruction.

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl.

St. Catherine's inquiry backs sexual misconduct claims against composer David Hass, recommends changes

An investigation sponsored by St. Catherine University into its relationship with Catholic music composer David Haas, who for years held summer music programs there, did not contradict reports of sexual misconduct by Haas.

Survivors of church abuse laud Missouri Supreme Court ruling on evidence in lawsuits

Survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests lauded a Missouri Supreme Court decision that will allow some circumstantial evidence to be presented in lawsuits.

Sanctions against Polish bishops cautiously welcomed by abuse survivors

KRAKÓW, Poland – After the Vatican sanctioned two retired bishops in Poland, abuse victims say it’s a good start, but may be too little, too late.

Is this the year Minnesota gets rid of the statute of limitations on sexual assault?

People who commit sexual assault will be at risk of criminal charges for the rest of their lives if a bill to eliminate Minnesota's statute of limitations on rape and other sex crimes gets enough support in the Legislature. 

Lawsuit accuses Tucson priests of sexually abusing minors decades ago in southern Arizona

A third victim has come forward in a federal lawsuit accusing Catholic priests of sexual abuse of minors across southern Arizona in the 1970s and 1980s.

After decades of debate, Colorado will give sex assault victims unlimited time to sue their abusers

Colorado will give recent and future sexual assault survivors, including those molested as children, unlimited time to sue their abusers. But a separate effort to give victims of historic abuse an opportunity to take legal action remains pending and uncertain.

Catholic Priest Sexually Abuses School Boy, Tells God Would Punish Him if He Told Anyone About Abuse

A priest from a prestigious Auckland school in New Zealand is accused of sexually assaulting a boy inside the school's Chapel.

Dr Tom Doyle: Church structure to blame for abuse

A former priest says the apology by the Catholic Church to abuse survivors in New Zealand has come too late.

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