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May 16, 2019

Dallas police raid Catholic diocese properties in investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy

According to CNN, Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. In a search warrant affidavit, a police investigator said the diocese had failed to reveal a full picture of sexual abuse allegations against a handful of its priests and, in some instances, handed over to authorities incomplete records on the accused. “Despite assurances from the Diocese’s attorneys the priests’ files were complete and accurate, I also detailed specific examples where those files were not complete and accurate,” Dallas […]
May 15, 2019

Man With Limp Sexually Abused Unconscious Woman in New York Hospital: NYPD

According to NBC New York, police in the Bronx are on the hunt for a man they say sexually attacked an unconscious hospital patient in her room. The 50-something-year-old suspect sneaked into a Lincoln Hospital room belonging to a 68-year-old woman and sexually abused her on Monday, according to the NYPD. He then quickly fled. Cops in Mott Haven released a surveillance video of the suspect inside a hospital elevator. Sources say the victim’s roommate witnessed the attack. Officials familiar with the case tell News 4 the patient was examined “immediately” afterwards and no injuries were found; she is being monitored […]
May 15, 2019

The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims

According to The Los Angeles Times, for decades, the Boy Scouts of America has closely guarded a trove of secret documents that detail sexual abuse allegations against troop leaders and others. The most complete public accounting of the abuse so far came in 2012 when the Los Angeles Times published a searchable database of 5,000 files and case summaries that are part of the Scouts’ blacklist known as the “perversion files.” Seven years later, more details are emerging about the scope of sex abuse in the youth organization. A researcher hired by the Scouts to analyze records from 1944 to […]
May 14, 2019

Pope Francis issues groundbreaking law requiring priests, nuns to report sex abuse, cover-up

The law mandates that the world’s 415,000 Catholic priests and 660,000 religious sisters inform church authorities when they have “well-founded motives to believe” abuse has occurred. According to The Associated Press, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system […]
May 14, 2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signs bill easing limit on sex abuse lawsuits

According to WABC TV New York, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Monday to ease restrictions on when childhood sexual abuse victims can seek damages in court, an action that comes after a wave of details last year about the abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church.  Murphy said in a statement that he recognized opponents’ worries that the expanded statute, which allows victims to sue institutions, will expose organizations to financial liability. But that is outweighed by concern over victims, the first-term Democrat said. “I cannot deny victims the ability to seek redress in court for sexual abuse that often […]
May 13, 2019

Lawyer releases searchable database of accused predator priests

Lawyer Jeff Herman and his practice released the Predator Priest Index, a searchable list of priests accused of sexual abuse. By Joseph Ostapiuk | STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — “From teenagers to 92 years old” was the answer Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized trial lawyer for survivors of sexual abuse, said when asked the range of the ages of his clients in cases against the Catholic Church. The matter of sexual abuse in the church is not the issue of a previous generation, but an active and still-pervasive issue that Herman works to seek justice for. Herman, who has been pursuing sexual-abuse […]
May 13, 2019

Gov. Murphy Signs Sexual Assault Civil Statute of Limitations Reform into Law

New law will provide expanded pathways to justice for survivors of sexual assault in New Jersey TRENTON, N.J. – Today, Governor Phil Murphy signed S477 / A3648 into law, drastically reforming New Jersey’s civil statute of limitations for survivors of sexual assault, which has been referred to as “the broadest in the nation.” “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter in the long fight for expanding access to justice for survivors of sexual assault,” said Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. “We know the severity of the trauma caused by sexual assault victimization requires a statewide […]
May 13, 2019

Sex Trafficking Mars the Mystique of Cannes Film Festival: “This Crime Is Significantly Underreported”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, each May, young women arrive in the South of France with big-screen ambitions, but even after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, their journey to Hollywood often begins with producers promising movie roles and visas in return for sex. In 2014, Kadian Noble met Harvey Weinstein in the lobby of the Majestic Hotel in Cannes. After some small talk, he instructed the aspiring actress to come upstairs so that he could have a look at her reel. Noble, who was 27 and from the U.K., had previously met the since-disgraced mogul in London, […]
May 13, 2019

New Jersey Law Will Give Sex Abuse Victims Much More Time To Sue

According to WCBS 880, New Jersey will soon be joining New York and several other states in expanding the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases, with Gov. Phil Murphy set to sign a new law in the coming days. Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, says the impact the law will have cannot be overstated. “This will finally allow survivors in New Jersey more time to come forward and hold their perpetrators accountable for the crimes that they committed,” she said. Murphy is expected to sign the bill on Monday. It would give […]
May 12, 2019

School janitor with hidden past as priest left wake of abuse

Janitor – a former priest – immersed himself in places where youths gathered According to the Times Union, a former custodian who has been accused of systematically raping boys at a Catholic elementary school in Albany in the 1970s had allegedly done the same thing years earlier while serving as a priest with a seminary in the Midwest, where he attended college. Interviews with his former employers and alleged victims, and records obtained by the Times Union, indicate that Eugene Hubert Jr. — a U.S. Army veteran who died in 1997 — also immersed himself in maintenance jobs at various […]
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