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 […]

Believing in Santa Claus is Like Believing in Toothpicks

By Natalie Mills of Chrysalis Counseling This is the first year that I have taken any pause to think about the way we are talking to my seven year old and four year old grandson about Santa Clause. His thinking is so grown up these days and he’s even a bit cocky and sassy. I […]

Obama Overtime Rule Suffers Setback

After suffering a surprising presidential election defeat, the Obama administration now faces reversal of one of his signature labor deals. This week a federal judge overturned the administration’s overtime law that would have expanded overtime pay to 4 million Americans.  The rule would have increased the overtime threshold to $47,476 from $23,660. Administration prospects for […]

BYU Drops Honor Code Investigations of Sex Abuse Victims

Imagine you are a college student at Brigham Young University, you are sexually assaulted on campus, you do the right thing and report the assault to the college, expecting the college to investigate the sexual assault. Instead, you find yourself the subject of an “Honor Code investigation” as the college investigates whether you violated school […]

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