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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Idaho Catholic Church Facing Overdue Sex Abuse Spotlight

Several men have come forward to accuse Idaho priest of child molestation. As an investigative report in The Idaho Statesman explains:   To date, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise has avoided the level of public criticism over abuse cases that took place in cities such as Spokane and Portland. [This] account, and the February […]

Michigan State Will Pay Nassar Abuse Victims $500 Million

Michigan State University has agreed to pay $500 million in settlement to sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.  $425 million will go immediately to 332 survivors who were sexually abused Nassar.  $75 million will go into a fund to pay additional victims who come forward in the future. Nassar, the disgraced head […]

Idaho and its Sex Offender Registry is Flawed, But Constitutional

John Melbane has a long history of abusing children in Arizona and Idaho, where is has been incarcerated since 1993. But Melbane does not show up on Idaho’s sex offender registry. Earlier this month, Melbane’s younger brother testified at his parole hearing, asking the parole board to deny Melbane’s release. Mike Melbane was one of […]

First Male Athlete Comes Forward in Larry Nassar Sex Abuse Scandal

For the first time, a male gymnast has come forward to accuse Dr. Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA gymnastics physician sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of, up until now, female athletes. Jacob Moore, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan and former member of the U.S. men’s junior national gymnastics team, has […]

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