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Sep
06
2011
Article: Scott Theisen | 7:30 PM          
Crookston Diocese Settles With Alleged Victim

A woman who says she was sexually abused by a former priest in northern Minnesota when she was 14 has reached a $750,000 settlement that requires the Diocese of Crookston to warn parishioners about the abuse and take steps to protect kids in the future. Megan Peterson, now 21, of Thief River Falls, appeared at a news conference Tuesday in St. Paul to announce the settlement. She chose to come forward "to let people know they are not alone." "I'm here today to speak my truth, and to protect kids," she said. Peterson says she was a teenager with aspirations of becoming a nun when she was rape...

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Documents: | 1:47 PM          
Letter to Anderson with attached 1182 signatures requesting him to withdraw the suit against Jeyapaul

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Article: | 1:46 PM          
Video of Press Conference - Groundbreaking settlement announced

At a press conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson announces the settlement of a lawsuit with the Diocese of Crookston involving the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl by a priest on loan from India. The priest, Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul, who was also charged criminally by Roseau County authorities, is now a fugitive from justice and working in the active ministry in India. The victim, now 21, will disclose her identity at the news conference and release a disturbing petition showing her perpetrator around children in India where he is now in charge of 40 schools.

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Sep
05
2011
Documents: | 6:30 PM          
Press Conference - Groundbreaking settlement to be announced

At a press conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will announce the settlement of a lawsuit with the Diocese of Crookston involving the sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl by a priest on loan from India.  The priest, Reverend Joseph Jeyapaul, who was also charged criminally by Roseau County authorities, is now a fugitive from justice and working in the active ministry in India.  The victim, now 21, will disclose her identity at the news conference and release a disturbing petition showing her perpetrator around children in India where he is now in charge of 40 schools.

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Sep
02
2011
Article: Kim Norvell | 3:52 PM          
NewsPressNOW.com - Investigation finds diocese failed to follow policies

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph failed to follow its own procedures and polices when reporting allegations of child sex abuse against the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan, an independent investigation found.Conducted by former United States Attorney Todd Graves and his team, the 141-page review concluded Msgr. Robert Murphy, vicar general of the diocese, waited too long to advise the Independent Review Board of allegations against Rev. Ratigan, which allowed him to continue to abuse children and defy child protective boundaries set forth by Bishop Robert Finn.Those allegations inclu...

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Article: Judy L. Thomas and Glenn E. Rice | 3:47 PM          
Kansas City Star - Report faults Catholic diocese in Ratigan investigation

For months after finding troubling images on a computer, the Catholic diocese tried on its own to deal with Father Shawn Ratigan.As a result, a report released Thursday said, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph went off track, bungling its own investigation and failing to even follow its own policies.An investigation by a former federal prosecutor found that “individuals in positions of authority reacted to events in ways that could have jeopardized the safety of children in diocesan parishes, schools and families.

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Article: | 3:40 PM          
Clergy Abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson: Graves report just words--it is the actions that matter

Clergy Abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson: Graves report just words--it is the actions that matter   Prominent Victims’ Attorney Jeff Anderson Reacts to Release of Graves’ Report   The report made public today by the law firm hired by Bishop Finn is both misleading and self-serving.  We stood with and sued the Diocese and the Bishop for the failure to act when they had sufficient information to remove Ratigan and didn’t.  We stand by the allegations of the Complaint that Diocese officials had sufficient information in 2006 to both act and react...

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Aug
30
2011
Article: Becky Schlikerman, Tribune reporter | 8:11 AM          
Settlement of sex abuse case requires release of archdiocese files

For more than a quarter of a century, Angel Santiago has suffered from a recurring nightmare. "Father [Joseph] Fitzharris chasing me in my dreams," the 44-year-old Bensenville man said. On Monday, Santiago joined his attorneys to announce that a settlement has been reached with the Archdiocese of Chicago for sexual abuse Santiago suffered as a boy at the hands of his family's priest, Fitzharris. Attorneys with the case declined to specify the monetary amount of the settlement. The archdiocese confirmed the settlement. "The settlements announced [Monday] confirm that this process works, and...

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Aug
29
2011
Documents: | 10:48 AM          
Abuse survivor and family will speak publicly for first time

Attorneys to Announce Archdiocese settlement with clergy abuse victim and new protocol for release of information on offenders  

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Aug
25
2011
Article: JAY LINDSAY — Associated Press | 4:49 PM          
Boston church releases list of accused priests

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Thursday released a long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged. In a letter, O'Malley said 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren't publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other...

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