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, […]

Boy Scouts Announce Plans to File for Bankruptcy Protection

Facing sex abuse lawsuits and a drop in membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they plan to file for bankruptcy protection in federal court. Also driving the decision are likely reforms of the statutes of limitations in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states that will allow victims of past sexual […]

Finding Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Like other religious organizations and institutions of trust, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has a long and disappointing history of child sex abuse. In the United States, hundreds or more SDA children have been abused in SDA churches, schools, camps, and programs for teens and children, like Adventurers. So far, there has been no public disclosure of the […]

Archdiocese of Omaha Releases Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Archdiocese of Omaha is the latest Catholic organization to release a list of priests accused of sexual abuse. The list dates back to 1978 and names 38 church employees and volunteers, including 24 priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha. Fifteen of the clergy identified had not been previously named as child molesters. The Nebraska […]

Boy vs. Girl as Girl Scouts Sue the Boy Scouts

The Girl Scouts are fighting back! The Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit on Monday against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word “Boy” from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. In the case filed in Manhattan federal court, the Girls Scouts claim […]

Ohio Boy Scout Leader Arrested and Charged with Producing Child Porn

A Boy Scout leader in Ohio was arrested last week charged with the production of child pornography. The man, 39-year-old Thomas Close, also known as Joe Close, admitted to recording underage scouts over a seven-year period. Close is reported to have been the Scoutmaster of Troop 406 in Shelby, Ohio, chartered by the First Evangelical […]

Iowa Boy Scout Abuse Lawsuit Filed

We filed a civil lawsuit last week against the Boy Scouts of America and the Hawkeye Area Council in Iowa for sexual abuse our client suffered as a child in the 1970s. The perpetrator was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts Hawkeye Area Council at the time of the assaults. Our client filed the case […]

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Rocks Catholic Church

The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on sex abuse in Pennsylvania Catholic churches was released this week and is the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation.  The report names more than 300 priests as sexual predators and 1,000 child victims of sexual abuse. There have been ten such reports issued by grand juries across […]

Oregon Municipality Hit with Sex Abuse Lawsuit

City officials in Lincoln City will have to contend with a civil lawsuit concerning the behavior of one of its employees. The abuse lawsuit involves a 20-year-old coach from the Lincoln City Youth Sports Program. This is the first lawsuit related to sexual abuse inflicted on youth by Lincoln City Youth Sports Coach Tyler Lopez. […]

Credible Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against Cardinal McCarrick Force Removal from Ministry

The Vatican says sex abuse allegations against American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick are credible and has removed him from public ministry. McCarrick, now 87, is accused of sexually abusing a teenager 50 years ago, when McCarrick was a priest. Rumors have circulated about McCarrick and young seminarians since he was the bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey […]

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