2019 June

Jun 26, 2019: Releasing Names of 109 Perpetrators Accused of Sexual Abuse Misconduct in the Diocese of Phoenix

Releasing report containing the identities, histories, photographs and information on 109 clerics accused of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Phoenix;

Discussing the historic legislation passed by the Arizona legislature that extends the age limit for sexual abuse survivors to bring claims against a perpetrator and the institution that may have protected the perpetrator; and

Demanding full disclosure by the Diocese of Phoenix and the religious orders, regarding all clergy accused of sexual abuse who worked in the diocese.

Jun 26, 2019: Settlement Reached in the Diocese of New Ulm Bankruptcy Case

(New Ulm, MN) – A settlement has been reached in the Diocese of New Ulm bankruptcy case, which involves 93 claimants who were sexually abused as children by clergy and others in the Diocese.The Diocese and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (“Creditors Committee”), comprised of clergy sexual abuse survivors, have reached an agreement in principle toward a resolution of the bankruptcy. The settlement calls for payment of approximately $34 million to the 93 sexual abuse claimants. The Diocese previously agreed to the release of names of credibly accused priests.

Jun 21, 2019: Sexual Assault Arrest of Los Angeles Coach a Reminder of Need for Oversight of Coaches

Reports that a Los Angeles track coach and former Olympic hurdler is accused of sexually assaulting more than 30 athletes over 44 years are grim reminders of the need for strict oversight to guard against predatory coaches.Conrad Mainwaring was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery in connection with an incident in 2016 when he sexually assaulted a male college athlete “under the guise of physical therapy and metal focus training,” according to police. Mainwaring, 67, competed for Antigua in the 1976 Olympics as a hurdler. He has coached high school and college track and field…

Jun 14, 2019: U.S. Bishops’ New Accountability Protocols Defy Accountability

Sometimes a headline describes an issue better than the story. Take this one from Thursday’s article in American Magazine about bishop accountability protocols regarding sexual abuse adopted by U.S. Catholic bishops  this week in Baltimore:“U.S. bishops adopt new protocols for holding themselves accountable for sex abuse”The story highlights how the bishops’ new protocols are designed to ensure transparency and impartiality in dealing with sexual abuse and abuse cover-up by U.S. bishops, problems which have been secretly handled in-house by bishops and the Vatican for decades with…