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 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 […]

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 […]

Backpage Comes Under Fire During Senate Hearing

During a week that media attention was focused on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nomination Senate hearings, another US Senate hearing investigated Backpage, a Dallas-based classified ads website that displays advertisements for cars and furniture, as well as “escorts” and “body rubs.” The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report concluding that Backpage had knowingly […]

Rex Tillerson and Boy Scout Sex Abuse

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, has a long history with the Boy Scouts of America. Tillerson was President of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2012, during the landmark Oregon Boy Scout sex abuse trial involving Kerry Lewis. That trial resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the […]

Pope Francis and Sex Abuse: A Modern Day Machiavelli in the Vatican?

Controversy and confusion is swirling around Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church. On December 28, 2016, the Pope issued a strong, unequivocal message that bishops should enforce a zero tolerance policy for any priest who sexually abuses a child.  But it seems that behind the scenes, Pope Francis is working to keep abuse […]

Pope Francis Caught Red-handed Protecting a Pedophile Priest

Since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope in 2013, he has spoken often and forcefully about the rights of the poor, the marginalized, and those who’ve been sexually abused by Catholic priests. The Pope told US victims of clerical abuse last year that “all responsible will be held accountable” and called for stronger “oversight to ensure […]

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