Cub Scout Leader Arrested for Raping 14-Year-Old in Oregon

Former Oregon Boy Scout volunteer, Douglas Wardell III, 34, was arrested last week and charged with repeatedly raping and fondling a 14-year-old girl between 2016 and 2019. A Marion County grand jury indicted him this week on two counts of first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Wardell had been a Cub Scout […]

Boy Scouts’ Own Expert Estimates 12,254 Boy Sexually Abused in Scouting: More Likely Over 100,000

The Boy Scouts’ own files on child molesters are in the news again. An expert witness hired by the Boy Scouts of America calculated that 12,254 boys were abused in Scouting programs. The abusers were 7,819 troop leaders and other Scout volunteers, all documented in BSA’s “Ineligible Volunteer” files. These are files BSA kept since […]

Idaho Boy Scout Trial Slated for May 6th

In sex abuse cases against trusted organizations like churches or the Boy Scouts, their internal documents are always key to success.  These documents show the institutional practices, conduct, and secrets – and can show the level of fault the organization should bear for the abuse. The importance of internal documents was made particularly clear in […]

New Jersey Latest State Set to Open Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Cases

Last week, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to reform the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse. The Senate approved the measure, 32-1. It now goes back for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where it has already passed through committee. The new law will allow victims of child sexual abuse […]

Houston Chronicle Exposes Depth of Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse

The religious doctrines may be different, but It looks like the Southern Baptist Church has a Catholic-like problem with sexual abuse and assault. The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News published an in-depth investigation of Southern Baptist sexual misconduct across the country. Here are some of the troubling facts uncovered by the investigation: 250 […]

Seattle Archdiocese Pays $7 Million to Settle Child Sexual Abuse Claims

The Seattle Archdiocese recently settled sex abuse claims brought by six men who said priests sexually abused them when the men were children. The Archdiocese agreed to pay a total of close to $7 million for all claims. All of the accused priests were identified on the Seattle Archdiocese’s list of credibly accused priests and clergy published […]

New Tougher Child Victim’s Act Passes, Governor to Sign into Law

After more than a decade of dashed hopes, the New York Child Victims Act has finally passed and is headed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for signature. The new legislation will provide abuse survivors a one-year window in which to file a lawsuit against the institution that protected or employed the abuser. Going forward, victims […]

California Latest State to Consider “Look Back” Legislation in Abuse Cases

The climate for change and reform of existing laws regarding the sexual abuse of minors has never been hotter than it is right now.  In the wake of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the Cardinal McCarrick debacle, state legislators across the country are feeling pressure to introduce bills that will allow survivors of sexual […]

Idaho Priest Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Porn

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 73, will spend the next 25 years behind bars for his conviction on two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials, and one count of drug possession. Foucher had served as a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise until […]

Jesuits West Publish List of Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Jesuits of the West have released the names of 111 members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. This report follows a similar recent disclosure from the Jesuits Central and Southern Province. Jesuits West Province includes Arizona, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington, […]

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