2016 May

May 16, 2016: Minnesota Child Victims Act – Accomplishments, Accountability and Action

In 2013 the Minnesota legislature passed the Child Victims Act. Since then, hundreds of sexual abuse survivors have stepped out of the shadows of secrecy, silence and shame, to seek justice for the abuse they suffered as children. Because of the Child Victims Act, at least 200 sexual predators were exposed to the public, making our communities safer for our children. In July 2013, The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released a list of 33 priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. That list has more than doubled and now stands at 69 with more names to come. The Diocese of Duluth…

May 11, 2016: Media Advisory: Documents from Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald’s Priest File to be Released Publicly Today

At a news conference Wednesday in Duluth, Attorney Mike Finnegan will publicly release documents for the first time from the Oblate priest file of Father James Vincent Fitzgerald. In 2013, an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Doe 19, filed a lawsuit for sexual abuse by Fr. Fitzgerald under the Minnesota Child Victims Act. The documents were used in a Ramsey…

May 09, 2016: Media Advisory: Fr. Michael Bik, St. John’s Abbey Named in Lawsuit; Press Conference Today

Bik abused the boy after St. John’s learned he sexually abused two students  in the 1970s when he was a teacher at St. Stephen’s in Anoka Bik taught at Twin Cities Catholic schools in Anoka and Shoreview before becoming a monk and priest of St. John’s At a news conference today in St. Paul, attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Bryant, along with advocate and former St. John’s monk, Patrick Wall will Announce the filing of a civil lawsuit naming St. John’s Abbey and Father Michael Bik as defendants. The suit is being brought by Doe 497…