2018 July

Jul 31, 2018: Duluth Youth Facility Employee Abuse Charges Highlight Need For Better Vetting, Training And Supervision

Reports of a man charged with sexually abusing at least five boys while working at a Duluth youth care facility underscore the need for employers to rigorously vet, train and supervise their employees to prevent child sexual abuse.Mark David Painter, 28, of Hermantown, Minn., was charged last week with sexually abusing at least five boys ranging from ages 13-17 while working at Hills Youth and Family Services in Duluth. The facility, formerly known as Woodland Hills, offers after school care, mental health services and treatment for adjudicated youths.Police responded to a report of three…

Jul 12, 2018: New Hawaii Law Gives Sexual Abuse Survivors A Way To Seek Healing, Justice And Accountability

On Tuesday, the Hawaii Legislature opened a retroactive window for sexual abuse survivors to come forward and file a claim against their alleged perpetrators, as well as against institutions, businesses, corporations or other public or private entities associated with the perpetrators. The window gives survivors until April 24, 2020, to bring these cases, including survivors who were barred by statutes of limitations before the legislation was enacted. The law applie…

Jul 11, 2018: Report on Child Sexual Abuse in Hawaii to be Released Today; Honolulu Press Event Today

New law allows more time for survivors to come forward, expose abusers, and stop the cover-up(Honolulu, HI) – On Wednesday, July 11 2018, Attorney Mark Gallagher, the law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, and sexual abuse advocates and survivors will:•    Release a new report containing the identities, histories and background information on dozens of priests and clerics accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Honolulu;•    Show how high ranking church officials knew that Bishop Joseph Ferrario had sexually molested children before he became a bishop…

Jul 02, 2018: Bishop Richard Malone Challenged to Give Answers and Explanation for Reinstatement of Accused Serial Predator

Attorneys Mike Reck and Jeff Anderson, along with survivor Matthew Golden, demand that the Bishop, Review Board and top officials of the Buffalo Diocese give a transparent and open explanation of Fr. Riter’s return to ministry  (Buffalo, New York) – Last Thursday, without explanation or notification to survivors, Matthew Golden opened up the newspaper to read that the man who sexually abused him as a child, Father Dennis Riter, was being returned to ministry after the Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Richard Malone, Investigator Scott Riordan and the Diocesan Review Board determined that the…