Jehovah’s Witnesses Rely on Bible To Defend Themselves Against Sex Abuse Allegations

Private institutions do not like to be accused of allowing sex abuse of their children. Groups like the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America defend themselves against sex abuse claims by arguing they were ignorant what was happening or were fooled by their employees and volunteers who abused the children. The Jehovah’s Witnesses […]

Father Maurice Grammond — Oregon’s Serial Child Sex Predator

We recently filed the latest in a long string of claims against the Portland Archdiocese on behalf of an adult who was sexually abused as a young boy by Fr. Maurice Grammond. Grammond, who spent most of his years as a priest in Seaside, Oregon, has the reputation as Oregon’s most notorious pedophile. It didn’t […]

Dual Roles as Priest and Boy Scout Master Provided Easy Access to Children

Louis Brouillard served as a Catholic priest on the island of Guam from the 1940’s until 1981. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Agana in 1948. During his clerical tenure, he also served as a Boy Scout leader, giving him access to a wide range of children, Catholic and non-Catholic. Brouillard has publicly admitted […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Case Goes to Trial

As a teenager, Stephanie Fessler was an active member of her local Jehovah Witnesses congregation.  That’s when she met Terry J. Monheim, an adult member of the church who befriended the then 14-year-old teen. According to court records, Fessler had met Monheim when she became friends with her children in 2002 or 2003. Monheim started […]

Utah Boy Scout Leader Sent to Prison for Molesting 11-year-old

Lyle Scott Mackay, a former Boy Scout leader, has been sentenced to three years to life at the Utah State Prison.  Mackay was charged in 3rd District Court with one count of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded guilty in November to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, also a […]

Jeffrey Sandusky – Like Father, Like Son

The son of former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on 14 criminal counts, including soliciting sex from a child under age 16 and soliciting child pornography. The charges involve incidents with two girls, one in 2013 and one in 2016. The alleged sexual abuse crimes were […]

Timothy Kellis, Convicted Idaho Child Molester, Faces New Charges

Timothy Kellis, a former Camp Grizzly Boy Scout counselor, is already serving a prison term in Idaho. He was convicted eight years ago by a Latah County jury who found Kellis guilty of nine counts of lewd conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse of a child, and one count of attempted lewd […]

Utah Civil Rights Group Offers Assistance to Victims of Mormon Sexual Abuse

Restore Our Humanity, a Utah civil rights group, has announced a two-part initiative to assist those who have been sexually abused by member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  The ROH initiative intends to raise awareness of sexual abuse within the Mormon Church and provide assistance and support to survivors […]

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Catholic Church

In two lawsuits filed today in U.S. District Court in Portland, two brothers, now adults, allege that their Catholic priest sexually abused them when they were children living in St. Paul, Oregon. Father James Harris served as a Catholic priest in the St. Paul Parish in Silverton, Oregon in the mid to late 1960s when […]

Jehovah Witnesses Charity Ends Legal Dispute Over Sex Abuse Inquiry

After more than two years of legal wrangling, obfuscation, and a stubborn refusal to cooperate with an investigation launched by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission, the Jehovah Witnesses has dropped its attempts to fight the inquiry. The Charity Commission launched an inquiry into safe practices at the organization’s main UK outlet in May 2014, after […]

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