2015 September

Sep 24, 2015: News Release: St. Paul Scout Leader and Serial Offender Donald Keys Named in Lawsuit Filed Today

New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Today Against Boy Scouts of America Under Child Victims Act   St. Paul Scout Leader and Serial Offender Donald Keys Accused of Molesting Scout in 1969-70                 (St. Paul, MN) – A civil lawsuit was filed today by a man who was sexually abused as a minor by Scout Leader Donald Leonard Keys in approximately 1969-70. The suit names Keys, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and Northern Star Council, f/k/a Indianhead Council as defendants. Plaintiff Doe 71 brought his lawsuit…

Sep 21, 2015: In Hearing Tomorrow, Diocese of New Ulm Seeks to Dismiss Sexual Abuse Lawsuit from Court

(New Ulm, MN) – Tomorrow at 3:00 PM in Brown County District Court, the Diocese of New Ulm will ask the Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of a sexual abuse survivor, Doe 7, who was sexually abused as a young girl by Fr. David Roney at St. Mary’s Church in Willmar, MN. The diocese continues to fight sexual abuse survivors and their advocates by keeping secret the full list of credibly accused clerics and the documents pertaining to the clerics and child sexual abuse by clergy. Until this information is released to the public, children remain at risk. In March 2015, the Dioces…

Sep 17, 2015: Secrecy Does Not Protect Children

In recent days the Archbishop of Santiago Chile has refused to turn over documents to a Chilean civil court regarding Father Fernando Kardima’s sexual abuse of children.  The Archbishop is attempting to invoke a doctrine of canonical or pontifical secrecy.  By hiding behind the pontifical secret the Archbishop is clearing communicating that the reputation of the Hierarchy and individual clerics are more important than child safety.Pontifical secrecy in matters of child sexual abuse is an official policy of the Holy See.  The reality is that the Archbishop is following the direct…