Posts Tagged 'sex abuse'

Boy Scouts, Catholic Church Using Variety of Tactics to Lobby Against Abuse Statutes

Catholic Church lobbying legislators in sermons and bulletins on sex abuse billIn early 2000, an episode of The West Wing aired in which a lawyer – in an effort to influence the White House to commute his client’s death sentence – convinces a rabbi to deliver a sermon on capital punishment during that week’s services as a senior aid to the President is known to sit among the attendees. The President, a devout Catholic, would himself go ...

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Church Sex Abuse Accusations Extend Beyond Catholic Dioceses

southern baptist megachurch accused of inaction on sexual abuse of childA prominent Southern Baptist megachurch is facing allegations that a pastor in the organization sexually abused a child at one of its summer camps. Village Church, based in Flower Mound, Texas, has been accused of being “willfully negligent” in the care of the children attending the camp and, as a result, has turned a member family’s life upside down.

The child, referred to ...

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As Work Continues in Pennsylvania, New Jersey Considers Implications of New Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations

Pennsylvania and New Jersey work to extend statute of limitations in church sex abuse casesMultiple bills to extend the statute of limitations for victims of child sex abuse have been under consideration in Pennsylvania in recent months. Republican Representative Paul Schemel of Franklin does not want to see a change to the laws governing how long a survivor of sexual abuse has before they must come forward. “We have statutes of limitations for reasons,” he stated ...

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New Jersey Moves to Extend Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Cases

New Jersey extends statute of limitations for sex abuse casesNew Jersey has joined a growing number of states that are giving power to the voices of those who were sexually abused as children at the hands of the clergy and organizational leaders tasked with teaching them and keeping them safe. While study after study has shown that it can take years – if not decades – for a victim to come to grips with their abuse ...

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Administrator of PA Dioceses Sex Abuse Funds Has Extensive Prior Experience

The vast majority of Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses have chosen Kenneth Feinberg’s Washington, D.C.-based law firm to handle the administration of funds they’re using to compensate survivors of sex abuse at the hands of the Church.

Feinberg is highly experienced in such matters and has become, as described by triblive.com, the “go-to person for determining how people are compensated in the wake of tragedy.” His prior engagements include the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State ...

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New Information Emerges on Pennsylvania Catholic Church Sex Abuse Victims Funds

As several Pennsylvania dioceses move to establish funds to settle claims over hundreds of sex abuse allegations, details have emerged about how the funds will be paid and the pathways that survivors of the abuse may have toward filing their claims.

The funds, known as reconciliation and reparation funds, are particularly important to those whose claims may have exceeded the statutes of limitations that would normally bar the victim from pursuing civil action in court. It can take ...

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