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 […]

Oregon Chiropractor Charged with Fondling Patient, License Suspended

Mark Machala, an Ashland chiropractor has been charged with a 3rd degree misdemeanor of sexual abuse after fondling a patient’s breasts during a massage treatment. Machala is awaiting trial on the charge which is expected to take place in December.  His license to practice medicine has been suspended by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. […]

Oregon Strip Club Raided by FBI

The sex trafficking of minors and strip clubs is back in the news again in Oregon.  This most recent incident involved a law enforcement raid conducted by local law enforcement and the FBI. Police were acting on a tip discovered during an ongoing undercover sting operation of local strip clubs and their employment of underage […]

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