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Victims of sexual abuse can never appeal their sentence. They have to live with the results of abuse for the rest of their lives.
In the shadow of the Washington Monument, the messages were scrawled in Sharpie, stitched in yarn, written in paint. There were thousands of them, woven onto red quilts that stretched across the length of four football fields:
.- The U.S. bishops’ conference has released its annual report on the protection of children. The report records an increase in the number of new allegations of clerical sexual abuse being brought forward following the launch of independent compensation programs in some states.
When one of the longest-serving Western Massachusetts bishops was accused of child sexual abuse, a successor rose to his defense.
DALLAS — On May 15, Dallas police raided three separate locations as part of their investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against Catholic of Diocese Dallas priests. According to police, church officials repeatedly stonewalled investigators' attempts to get information pertaining to allegations made against at least five priests.
For months now, the St. Louis Archdiocese has been saying it intends to follow the lead of its counterparts around the nation and publicly identify its clergy who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of children. Since last year, the Missouri Attorney General’s office, under two consecutive office-holders, has said it will complete and release an independent investigation of the issue statewide. To date, neither promise has been fulfilled.
WHEELING — The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has added nine additional names to the list of priests associated with the diocese accused in sexual abuse incidents since the1950s, bringing the total number to 40.
SIOUX CITY -- Tim Lennon stood at the corner of 10thand Douglas streets Thursday – the steeple of the Cathedral of the Epiphany rising high above him – as he held the picture of a 12-year old boy who had been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in Sioux City 1960.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests held a press conference at the Iowa Capitol with Iowa State Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen on Wednesday to call on legislators and the attorney general to do more for victims of child sexual abuse.
It's been almost a month since Msgr. Craig Harrison was put on leave pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. We've seen huge support for Msgr. Harrison, and we've seen support from victim advocacy groups for the men who've come forward.