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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 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 8, 2019

Syracuse diocese pays victims of 4 priests not on sex abuse list

According to, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse paid settlements to four victims of priests who have not been publicly named to a list of child sex abusers. The diocese said it previously did not have enough information to act on claims against four priests. The four accusers, however, were among 88 people the diocese invited to participate in an independent compensation program, which found they deserved to be paid settlements. The Syracuse diocese announced last week it had paid $11 million to 79 victims of child sex abuse suffered at the hands of clergymen. Four of the 79 people accused four […]
May 6, 2019

Protesters demand Diocese of Rockville Centre release list of accused priests

According to Newsday, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests organized the event after the diocese said it would not publish a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims protested Thursday outside St. Agnes Cathedral, demanding that the Diocese of Rockville Centre release a list of credibly accused clergy. The diocese said this week that it will not release such a list now but may do so in the future. “They are hiding something,” Janet Klinger of the advocacy group SNAP said outside the cathedral. “I think they don’t want this out. They don’t want their […]
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