2018 June

Jun 29, 2018: Diocese of Buffalo Makes Dangerous Decision to Reinstate Fr. Dennis Riter After Multiple Abuse Allegations

“Unfortunately, the Bishop has chosen to support a priest accused of abusing multiple children.” – Attorney Mike Reck(Buffalo, New York) – The Diocese of Buffalo made a startling and dangerous decision yesterday when it reinstated Fr. Dennis G. Riter who is accused of sexually abusing multiple children. The survivor who reported Fr. Riter says that he is “morally compelled to not walk away,” said Mike Reck, an attorney for the survivor, who added that the diocese needs to acknowledge that Riter is a public safety threat and reverse its decision immediately.“As long as the Diocese of Buffalo…

Jun 28, 2018: Joint Reorganization Plan Filed in Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Bankruptcy Case

(Minneapolis, MN) – Today in United States Bankruptcy Court, a joint reorganization plan between sexual abuse survivors and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis was filed. “This is an important day for sexual abuse survivors,” said Attorney Mike Finnegan. “The filing of the joint reorganization plan is another step toward resolution. Thank you to all of the survivors who stood up and spoke their truths. Your voices were heard.” A hearing date to approve the disclosure statement has been scheduled for August 9th.  Disclosure Statement for Joint Plan 6-28-18Joint Plan of…

Jun 28, 2018: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Reality for Many Survivors of Sexual Abuse

National
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month is observed each year in
the month of June to recognize the impact that PTSD has on the lives of those
who are affected by it. According to the National Center
for PTSD,
about seven or eight of every 100 people will experience PTSD at some point in
their lives. Women are more than twice as likely as men to
develop PTSD, and survivors of sexual abuse are particularly at risk.

 

The
National
Institute of Mental Health charac…

Jun 07, 2018: Be Aware of Signs of Child Sexual Abuse and Take Them Seriously

News that a boy’s severe stomach pain led to the conviction of a serial child molester in Georgia recently  is a reminder that adults need to be aware of common signs that a child has been abused or traumatized. And when something just doesn’t add up regarding a child’s condition, either visibly or after the child tells you something is wrong, take it seriously – ask questions, investigate and consider seeking medical help for the child. If you suspect a child has been abused, you can also contact law enforcement or a local child protection agency.In December 2016, a 15-year-old boy’s…