2016 February

Feb 29, 2016: “Spotlight” on Sexual Abuse at the Academy Awards

The impact Spotlight has made on the child protection movement became
even more apparent yesterday when the movie won Best Original Screenplay
and Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  This is in addition to several
other awards claimed by the movie this year.  Based on a true story,
Spotlight portrays the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the clergy abuse
scandal in the early 2000s.  It is a powerful film exposing the global
concealment and cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic officials for
decades at the expense of children.

Feb 15, 2016: Media Advisory: Doe 84 to Speak Publicly for the First Time Tuesday

At a news conference on Tuesday in St. Paul, Doe 84 along with his attorneys will speak publicly using his name for the first time regarding his experience as a student at Children’s Theatre Company. Doe 84 and Laura Adams filed the first lawsuit in December 2015 naming Children’s Theatre, John Clark Donahue and Jason McLean as defendants. Doe 84 was sexually abused by former director John Clark Donahue in 1977. Will also announce the filing of two sexual abuse lawsuits on behalf of Doe 170 and…

Feb 11, 2016: News Release: Vatican Lifts Suspension of Convicted Sex Offender Fr. Joseph Jeyapaul

(Kochi, India/Crookston, MN) – Bishop Amalraj of the Diocese of Ootacamund, India, announced today that he has lifted the suspension of convicted predator priest, Father Joseph Jeyapaul. Jeyapaul’s suspension was lifted on January 16, 2016 after the Bishop consulted with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Statement of Jeff AndersonOn behalf of two survivors we have represented, and no doubt countless others Jeyapaul has abused, we are appalled…

Feb 09, 2016: News Release: Jason McLean Named in Fourth Civil Lawsuit

(Minneapolis, MN) – A lawsuit was filed today on behalf of a sexual abuse survivor, Doe 114, in Hennepin County District Court naming Jason McLean, a former Children’s Theatre Company staff member, as the defendant. McLean sexually abused Doe 114 in 1983 when she was a student at Children’s Theatre Company. Throughout his tenure with Children’s Theatre, McLean worked as a company actor, staff member, and teacher.In addition to McLean, other staff members have been accused of sexually abusing students at…

Feb 02, 2016: Diocese of Honolulu Discloses Settlement of Dozens of Child Sexual Abuse Cases

(Honolulu, HI) – On January 14, 2016, the Diocese of Honolulu filed a lawsuit naming First Insurance as a defendant and releasing information pertaining to ongoing negotiations in a court-ordered mediation between survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the Diocese of Honolulu and other parties. This suit disclosed that dozens of lawsuits have been settled since the mediation process began in September 2015. Mark Gallagher of Kailua, working with…