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Apr
14
2014
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 10:28 AM          
The Compensation is Justice

Today, Vice News released the documentary Love Serve Surrender, a powerful film about the struggle of five boys in Hawaii to expose Jay Ram, the foster father who sexually abused them and more than two dozen more.If ever there were a case where moral value and public imperative are tantamount, this case is it.Throughout their adult lives, Jay's adopted and foster sons climbed a mountain of adversity. They struggled with the shame and trauma of their abuse and their life with Jay on his Big Island farm. Then, when they were strong enough to try and protect other children, they were turned back ...

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Apr
07
2014
J. Michael Reck | 4:54 PM          
Diocese of Scranton – The Geographic Solution to Abuse

Some have referred to it as “pass the trash”.  Some have referred to it more diplomatically as the “geographic solution”.  No matter what you call it, the practice is the same.  When a cleric abuses a child, the cleric is simply relocated away from the problem to another location.  In some cases the cleric is relocated to a neighboring parish and in some cases the cleric re-appears far away in another state or country.Recent information emerging from the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania highlights the immense geographic barriers utilized by the Church worldwide to obscure ...

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Apr
03
2014
Jeffrey R. Anderson | 12:55 PM          
Youth Pastor Child Solicitation Charges Illustrate Need for More Effective Child Protection Measures

Recent reports that a Twin Cities youth pastor was charged with trying to solicit nude photos from girls ages 13 to 15 via social media sites serve as a reminder that churches and other organizations that work with youth have a long way to go regarding protecting minors from adult predators.Matthew T. Boos, 24, of St. Louis Park, Minn., a youth pastor at River Valley Church in Savage, Minn., was charged Monday with two felonies related to soliciting sexual conduct with a minor via electronic communications. He allegedly posed as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook and other sites and solicited girls..

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