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 […]

Young Rape Survivor Denied Justice by Legislative Damage Caps in Ohio

In 2008, when Jessica Simpkins was only 15 years old, she sought the counsel and support of her minister Brian Williams, the senior pastor of Sunbury Grace Brethren Church in Ohio.  Rather than helping her, the pastor raped her.  Williams was convicted of two counts of sexual battery and sentenced to two four-year prison terms. […]

Hundreds of Children Gymnasts Sexually Abused While with USA Gymnastics

In the wake of the British soccer sex abuse scandal, 368 cases of child sex abuse related to USA Gymnastics in the last 20 years came to light this week. USA Gymnastics is the national governing body for gymnastics in the United States and one of the nation’s most prominent Olympic organizations. A detailed Indianapolis […]

Bill Cosby Deposition Admissible at Sex Abuse Trial

In his 2006 deposition concerning the sexual assault and abuse of women, Bill Cosby admitted to numerous extramarital affairs and drugging some women in order to have sex with them. Cosby’s lawyers insist that Cosby agreed to testify only after being promised he would never be charged over his 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. […]

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 […]

Assistant Scout Leader Admits to Abusing Young Boy

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Kellon of Parkesburg, Pennsylvania was arrested by local police in August on criminal charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault of a minor, and related offenses. Kellon has ties to multiple youth organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, volunteer fire companies, and emergency medical providers.  During a police interview, Kellon […]

Red Buttons

Last week, we posted a story about the grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report revealed the scope of the problem in the small, central Pennsylvania diocese. This week, the Guardian newspaper published an in-depth story about the details found in the grand jury’s report. One of the […]

Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Claims Reach $93 Million

Auditors with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Philadelphia have revealed that Penn State has paid $93 million in sex abuse civil settlements to some 32 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky, who remains in prison serving between 30 to 60 years for 45 counts of sexual abuse, is appealing the convictions. At […]

For Pope Francis, Words Speak Louder than Actions on Sex Abuse Cover Up

After commending US bishops for their courage in dealing with the scandal of child sexual abuse by priests, Pope Francis finally spent a portion of his last day in the US meeting with the victims of sexual abuse. “God weeps” at the sexual abuse of children, he said, in a translation from Spanish of his […]

Father Tom Doyle Speaks with Pope’s Commission on Sex Abuse

In a scene reminiscent of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dominican Father Thomas Doyle recently spoke before the Pontifical Commission on Sex Abuse. Thomas Doyle is famous – or infamous, depending on your point of view – in exposing the Catholic priest sexual abuse crisis in this country and around the world. That he was […]

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