2017 November

Nov 22, 2017: Coping through the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us and hardly anyone is exempt from the added stressors it often brings. Holidays can be particularly difficult for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. For many survivors, the holiday season can be filled with anxiety and depression, and can even open old wounds. For survivors of clergy abuse, the holiday season itself can lead to triggers and unwanted memories. As many survivors of clergy abuse struggle with regaining or maintaining their faith into their adulthood, the constant symbols of Christmas everywhere they go may also serve as a reminder of the abuse…

Nov 10, 2017: Media Alert: Clergy Abuse Law Firm Demands New York Bishops Disclose Names of Offenders

Clergy Abuse Law Firm Demands Immediate Disclosure of the Names of Offenders Held Secret by New York Catholic BishopsLaw firm challenges New York bishops to demonstrate that they are not the most dangerous state for children (New York, NY) – The covert disclosure yesterday of the names of 8 priests who were removed by the Brooklyn Diocese for the sexual abuse of children underscores the clear and present danger in New York. Every diocese has held the names of child sex offenders in complete secrecy since 2002. These names have only recently begun to leak out under pressure. Until these names a…

Nov 09, 2017: News Release: $8.95 Million Settlement Reached With Diocese of Duluth Insurer in Bankruptcy Case

Settlement Reached With One of Diocese of Duluth’s InsurersIn Bankruptcy CaseCatholic Mutual Will Pay Abuse Claimants $8.95 MillionDeal Contingent On Court Approval, Consensual ReorganizationPlan Confirmation(St. Paul, MN) – A settlement has been reached with one of the Diocese of Duluth’s multiple insurers in the Diocese’s bankruptcy case stemming from clergy sexual abuse. The insurer, Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America (Catholic Mutual), will contribute $8,950,000.00 to the Diocese of Duluth bankruptcy case. If approved, the money will be used to pay a portion of the sexual abuse clai…