2018 May

May 31, 2018: Largest Settlement Ever Reached in a Catholic Bankruptcy Case—Press Event Today at 1:00 PM

Sexual Abuse Survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Announce Joint Bankruptcy Plan WHAT: At a news conference today in St. Paul, sexual abuse survivors and attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will discuss the consensual bankruptcy reorganization plan reached between sexual abuse survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis. WHEN:  Today, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM CT WHERE:  Jeff Anderson & Associates                366 Jackson Street, Suite 100   &…

May 31, 2018: Largest Settlement Ever Reached in a Catholic Bankruptcy Case—Press Event Today at 1:00 PM

Sexual Abuse Survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Announce Joint Bankruptcy Plan WHAT: At a news conference today in St. Paul, sexual abuse survivors and attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will discuss the consensual bankruptcy reorganization plan reached between sexual abuse survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis. WHEN:  Today, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM CT WHERE:  Jeff Anderson & Associates                366 Jackson Street, Suite 100   &…

May 31, 2018: Largest Settlement Ever Reached in a Catholic Bankruptcy Case—Press Event Today

Sexual Abuse Survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis Announce Joint Bankruptcy Plan WHAT: At a news conference today in St. Paul, sexual abuse survivors and attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan will discuss the consensual bankruptcy reorganization plan reached between sexual abuse survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis. WHEN:  Today, May 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM CT WHERE:  Jeff Anderson & Associates                366 Jackson Street, Suite 100   &…

May 24, 2018: Study Highlights Need for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Commitment

A new study shows that the annual economic impact of child sexual abuse in the United States exceeds $9 billion. This staggering number and the tragic conditions leading to it highlight the need for one thing:Prevention.In the study, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the $9.3 billion annual economic cost of child sexual abuse included costs associated with health care, child welfare, special education, violence and crime, suicide and survivor productivity losses. The Johns Hopkins researchers stressed that the estimate of the economic burden of child sexual abuse…

May 18, 2018: The Global Fight for Secrecy Continues

All around the world, from Pennsylvania, to Chile, to Australia, the Catholic Church continues to fight truth and transparency. By now, one would hope that the institution has learned from its past mistakes when it covered up the sexual abuse of children by the Church’s priests, bishops and other clerics. Unfortunately, this is not the case.In Pennsylvania, the Attorney General is wrapping up investigations involving six Catholic dioceses, including Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Greensburg. Three of the dioceses have publicly stated they will not challenge the release o…

May 10, 2018: Attorneys Respond to Ogdensburg Bishop’s Callous Statements, Demand Release of Names

“His purported reasoning for choosing to keep the identities of the credibly accused abusers secret is deceptive, duplicative and dishonest.” – Attorney Mike Reck (Ogdensburg, New York) – Diocese of Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley’s statements to North Country Public Radio are archaic and abominable and showcase a culture of cover-up and lack of understanding. His purported reasoning for choosing to keep the identities of the credibly accused abusers secret is deceptive, duplicative and dishonest. Of course the identities of the survivors of these crimes against children are to be protected. …

May 04, 2018: Ramsey County Sexual Assault Investigations Study Highlights Need For More Trauma-Informed Training

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction last week showed that no one is above the law. But it was a rare victory for sexual assault survivors, as a report released last week by Ramsey County starkly illustrates. One celebrity conviction does not fix a system that too often mistreats survivors.The Ramsey County report was the result of a two-year review of sexual assault cases in the county. The review found that sexual assault reports all too often do not result in charges.  Among other things, the review found that of 646 cases reviewed, only about 30 percent were referred by investigator…

May 02, 2018: Cardinal Pell Is Ordered To Face Trial On Sex Abuse Charges – A Victory For Survivors And The Rule Of Law

An Australian magistrate’s decision Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell shall stand trial by jury for historical sex abuse charges is a victory for survivors and the rule of law.One survivor’s advocate, Phil Nagle, called it a “historical day for survivors of Ballarat,” Pell’s hometown, in which several priests were accused of misconduct. “It’s good to see him being treated like any other citizen in court,” he said.Ann Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org, an online abuse resource, called the magistrate’s decision that Pell stand trial “a turning point in the global abuse crisis in the Cath…