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New legal protections for sexual assault victims in N.H. take effect this week

New Hampshire’s protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence were widely expanded this week, after a broad package of reforms pushed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Chris Sununu this summer took effect.

Japan Catholic Church sued for damages in alleged sex abuse

TOKYO — A woman has filed a suit against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, as the church's unfolding worldwide sexual abuse crisis gradually reaches Japan.

Clergy sex abuse victim advocates call for Scharfenberger's removal

Saying he has failed to live up to promises of more transparency and outreach those affected, advocates for clergy sex abuse victims called Thursday for the removal of Bishop Edward Scharfenberger from his leadership post at the Diocese of Buffalo.

Another Former Brophy Priest Has Been Accused of Sexual Abuse

A Jesuit priest who taught at Brophy College Preparatory for seven years in the 1980s and coached the boy's football team is the latest Phoenix-area Catholic priest to be accused of sexual abuse.

Number of WNY priests accused in Child Victims Act suits grows to 173

Child Victims Act lawsuits filed over the past year have accused 173 Catholic priests in Western New York of sexually abusing children.


Ex-Horsham pastor gets 200 years in prison for child sex abuse

A former pastor of a church in Horsham will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced Thursday in federal court for sexually abusing an infant and a young girl under 10, according to federal authorities. 

Former Parkersburg Catholic High School principal sues Diocese

PARKERSBURG — In a lawsuit filed in Wood County, the former principal at Parkersburg Catholic High School is claiming he was wrongfully terminated for reporting complaints against a priest to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and for firing the football coach.

People alleging sex abuse by New Orleans clergy must come forward by March 1, judge rules

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday set a March 1 deadline for purported victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy to make claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans, resolving months of legal arguments over how much time to allow before they are barred from seeking compensation.

Vigil calls on Catholic Diocese to drop legal fight against abuse survivor

LONDON, ONT. -- Those taking part in a vigil outside St. Peter’s Basilica in downtown London on Tuesday called on the Catholic Diocese of London to drop its appeal in a decades-long legal battle with a sexual abuse survivor.

Ex-Catholic School Teacher Charged in 1970's Sex Abuse Cases

JACKSON, MICH. (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher in Michigan faces sex abuse allegations stretching back more than four decades.

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