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Apr
16
2012
Article: JESSE McKINLEY | 9:54 AM          
The New York Times: Coaches Face New Scrutiny on Sex Abuse

The case of Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State’s football team accused of child sexual abuse, is now working its way through the courts. But it is already having an impact on thousands of other coaches, both volunteer and paid, who find themselves facing new scrutiny from parents, sports organizations and even state legislators. Since the Penn State scandal came to light in November...

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Apr
08
2012
Article: Cheryl Wetzstein - The Washington Times | 11:20 AM          
The Washington Times: Child abuse shames and silences victims

The child sex-abuse accusations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky are staggering and yet familiar.Mr. Sandusky, the founder of the Second Mile charity for troubled boys, generously brought them to football games and treated them to food, clothes and gifts, eight men told a grand jury. He also fondled them or exposed himself or had sex with them, they testified.One might think it would be easy to prosecute such accusations made by men, now in their late teens or 20s, who tell remarkably similar stories. But federal data show that less than half of suspects in chi...

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Apr
06
2012
Article: TONY RIZZO | 9:41 AM          
The Kansas City Star: Jackson County trial against bishop, Catholic diocese to proceed

The criminal case against Bishop Robert Finn and the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will proceed to trial, a Jackson County judge ruled Thursday.Circuit Judge John Torrence denied defense motions seeking to dismiss the misdemeanor charges that stemmed from the handling of suspected child sex abuse allegations against the Rev. Shawn Ratigan.

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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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