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SEP 19 2017

Hearing Tomorrow in Thief River Falls in Case Where Statute of Limitations Extended by Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner’s Coercion Attorneys asking Court to Sanction the Diocese of Crookston for Concealing Msgr. Roger Grundhaus’ Name(Thief River Falls, MN):  In a hearing tomorrow, courageous survivor Ron Vasek will ask the Court to deny the Diocese of Crookston’s attempts to throw out his public nuisance and negligence claims.  Ron Vasek was sexually abused by former Vicar General of the Diocese of Crookston, Msgr. Roger Grundhaus, in approximately 1971.  After Mr. Vasek disclosed the...


SEP 19 2017

St. John’s Abbey settles 17 more sex abuse cases, 3 never before disclosed names added to its list of abusersNewly identified abusers, Fr. Strub, Fr. Kelly and Fr. Plakut Worked Throughout Minnesota“This is real progress,” says Attorney Jeff AndersonFather Augustine Strub Bio and Assignment HistoryFather Casimir Plakut Bio and Assignment HistoryFather James Kelly Bio and Assignment History(St. Paul, MN) - On Monday, St. John’s Abbey added three more names to a growing list of its priests and monks who have sexually abused children. St. John’s acknowledged that monks Fr. Casimir Plakut, Fr. Aug...


SEP 14 2017

(St. Paul, MN) –Mitchell Hamline School of Law and Jeff Anderson & Associates are breaking new ground in child abuse prevention and legal education by announcing the Zero Abuse Project (ZAP). A $2 million gift from Jeff Anderson & Associates to Mitchell Hamline will launch a collaboration aimed at training professionals and transforming how institutions play a necessary ...


JUN 30 2017

We are disturbed but not surprised by Pope Francis’ support of Cardinal George Pell after Australian authorities charged him with multiple counts of “historical sexual assault offenses” on Thursday. The Vatican stated it learned of the charges “with regret” and that Pope Francis appreciated Pell’s honesty and commitment. during his three years at the Vatican, where he is the third-ranking official.“This comment about Pell’s ‘honesty’ is a rebuke to survivors and another step backwards for the papacy and any perceived progress regarding clergy sex abuse,” said...


JUN 1 2017

(Minneapolis, MN) – Today, the Crosier Fathers & Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota. The Crosier order is a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers with communities in Phoenix, Arizona and Onamia, Minnesota. The Crosier order is the 18th Catholic Diocese or Religious order to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States. Sexual abuse survivors and the Crosiers have worked together to reach a framework for a $25.5 million dollar agreement to fairly compensate survivors of child sexual abuse by me...


MAY 18 2017

Today, Attorney J. Michael Reck of Jeff Anderson & Associates, P.A., will announce and discuss settlements obtained on behalf of seven survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New York. The cases involved Phase I of the Archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) that began in October 2016.