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Apr
04
2012
Article: JANE E. BRODY, Columnist | 8:34 AM          
New York Timese: A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children

Every year millions of children from all walks of life become victims of, or witnesses to, abusive or violent events that can result in long-lasting symptoms of distress. The events can range from sexual and physical abuse to involvement in a natural disaster, fire or serious motor vehicle accident.In many cases, the trauma is unknown to parents and caregivers or never dealt with effectively. The consequences can be devastating for the children and families involved and for society at large. These children are at much greater risk of developing behavioral problems, failing at school, abusing d...

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Mar
29
2012
Documents: | 1:46 PM          
New lawsuit says Palma High School teacher sexually abused teenage student on ski trip to Oregon

Prominent clergy abuse law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of a former Salinas, California, Palma High School student who alleges a former Palma teacher, Father Gerald Funcheon, sexually abused him on a ski trip to Oregon in the mid-1980s.

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Documents: | 1:41 PM          
Spedden vs. Crosiers, Palma High School and Fr. Gerald Funcheon

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Article: Mark Stodghill, Duluth News Tribune | 11:46 AM          
Duluth News Tribune: Confronted by accuser, former Duluth scoutmaster stands trial for alleged sex crimes

A 34-year-old man testified Tuesday that when he was a Boy Scout in Duluth two decades ago a scoutmaster sexually assaulted him at least 20 times and when he confronted his assailant in 2009 the man offered to pay $300,000 to keep the matter secret and out of court.The alleged assailant, Edwin C. Culbert, a 77-year-old former Air National Guard navigator with no criminal history, is standing trial in State District Court in Duluth, charged with five sex crimes ...

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Mar
23
2012
Article: Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio | 2:27 PM          
MPR News: Law could lead to federal prosecutions of reservation crime

Some Native American tribes in Minnesota are hoping a relatively new federal law will help reduce high reservation crime rates.The Tribal Law and Order Act would allow for more federal prosecutions of reservation crimes. But some county prosecutors aren't eager to have federal officials handle cases that have traditionally been theirs.Justice Department statistics show just how dangerous reservations can be. Crime rates are more than twice as high on reservations as they are elsewhere. American Indian women experience violent crime rates three and-a-half times the national a...

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Mar
20
2012
Article: Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | 5:03 PM          
Huffington Post: Protecting your child after a disclosure of sexual abuse: What parents need to know.

Since the Penn State scandal, questions about protecting children from sexual abuse seem to be on parents' minds all the time. I am thankful for the media's spotlight on these issues. I tell my friends and family to use these stories as "teachable moments." Sit your kids down and talk to them about the issue of sexual abuse. Discuss the range of behaviors that could be characterized as sexual abuse. They can range from fondling and inappropriate tickling/touching of genitals to child pornography and rape.

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Article: David Jackson and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune reporters | 8:53 AM          
Chicago Tribune: Priest on the lam in assault of Minnesota girl arrested in India

A fugitive Roman Catholic priest has been arrested in India after seven years on the run from charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Minnesota girl who sought his advice about becoming a nun.The Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul's case was included in a March 11 story in the Tribune. His alleged victim, Megan Peterson, who is now 22, said in an interview Monday that she was taken off guard by the arrest after so many years of waiting."I find it quite ironic that we did that interview and then a week later he is in handcuffs," Peterson said. "I wasn't expecting it to happen this fast.

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Mar
17
2012
Article: TNN | 6:17 PM          
Priest, facing sexual abuse charges, taken to Delhi

A catholic priest, who was arrested on Friday night at Erode on charges of sexually abusing two minor girls in the US, will be produced before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate at Patiala House in New Delhi on Sunday. The priest, J Jayapaul alias Joseph Palanivel, 57, of Ariyalur, is accused of sexually assaulting two minor girls at Northern Minnesota in 2004. He was charged in a US court in 2007. But by 2005, Jayapaul had returned to India to be with his ailing mother. The Interpol had approached the additional chief metropolitan magistrate court in New Delhi to sec...

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Mar
15
2012
Article: Emily Gurnon | 2:15 PM          
Pioneer Press: Former St. Paul teacher must pay damages for child porn

A federal judge has ordered former St. Paul teacher Gregg Alan Larsen to pay $240,000 to a man who was once his foster son for using him in the production of child pornography.Pierre Larsen, a foster child who was adopted by Larsen when he was 11, won the judgment on Wednesday, March 14.It was only the second time that a plaintiff has successfully used the federal "Masha's Law" to obtain restitution for a victim of child pornography, said Pierre Larsen's attorney, Patrick Noaker of Anderson and Associates. The law was named for a Russian orphan adopted by an American man who began abusing her ...

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Mar
13
2012
Article: Anna Schecter Rock Center | 4:17 PM          
Rock Center: Foreign exchange students sexually abused in program overseen by State Department

Dozens of high school foreign exchange students have been raped, sexually abused, or harassed by American host parents in towns and cities across the country, an NBC News investigation has found.

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