2019 December

Dec 31, 2019: Mother Teresa and Top Jesuit Officials Complicit in 40-Year Trail of Child Sexual Assault by Prominent San Francisco Priest

(San Francisco, California) – Tuesday in San Francisco, on behalf of a courageous survivor, attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates will: Reveal and discuss a lawsuit filed under the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) against the Society of Jesus and the Archdiocese of San Francisco for child sexual assault by notorious perpetrator Fr. Donald J. McGuire, S.J.

Dec 31, 2019: Statement of Attorney Jeff Anderson on Resignation of TU Dance Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Uri Sands

(Saint Paul, MN) – We praise the courage of Doe 597, a survivor and talented artist, who is the victim of sexual assault and harassment by Uri Sands, one of the founders and artistic directors of TU Dance Company. Doe 597 stood up and brought a lawsuit, demanding that TU Dance take action to protect the safety of other artists. Doe 597’s suit led to TU Dance conducting an investigation and Sands’ removal. We praise Doe 597 and are grateful to her and every survivor who dares to make our community safer by coming forward to share their truth.

Dec 31, 2019: First Lawsuits Filed Against Diocese of Oakland Under Child Victims Act for Abuse by Convicted Predator Fr. Kiesle

(Oakland, California) – Tuesday in Oakland, courageous survivors, attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates, and attorneys Joe George Jr. and Rick Simons will: Reveal and discuss two child sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Oakland under California’s new Child Victims Act (AB 218). One of the Plaintiffs was sexually abused by notorious and twice-convicted serial pedophile priest Fr. Stephen Kiesle (The “Pied Piper”). 

Dec 30, 2019: Two Child Sexual Assault Lawsuits Filed Against Camp St. Michael and the Diocese of Santa Rosa

(Santa Rosa, California) – Monday in Santa Rosa, on behalf of two courageous survivors, attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates and survivor advocates will: Reveal and discuss the first two of multiple lawsuits to be filed under the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) against the Diocese of Santa Rosa and Camp St. Michael for child sexual assault by Fr. Gary Timmons, former diocesan youth ministries director and founder of the Camp St. Michael in Legget, California.

Dec 30, 2019: First Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of San Bernardino Under New Child Victims Act

(Riverside, California) – Monday in Riverside, a courageous survivor and attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates will: Reveal and discuss the first lawsuit under the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) against the Diocese of San Bernardino and the Congregation of the Holy Spirit religious order for child sexual assault committed by Fr. Louis G. Perreault, C.S.Sp. during his assignment at Our Lady of the Valley in Hemet, California.

Dec 27, 2019: First of Six Sexual Abuse Survivors to Bring Lawsuit Against Archdiocese of Los Angeles and St. Francis High School Under Child Victims Act

Los Angeles, California – Friday in Los Angeles, on behalf of a courageous survivor, attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates will: Reveal and discuss the first of six lawsuits filed under the California Child Victims Act (AB 218) against Saint Francis High School (La Canada Flintridge, CA); the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin; and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for child sexual assault by one of its religious order priests – Father Christopher Kearney O.F.M.Cap. – who was stationed at the school between 1970-1995

Dec 27, 2019: Mater Dei High School Named in Multiple Child Sexual Assault Lawsuits as Den of Child Abusers

(Orange, California) – Friday in Orange, courageous survivors of child sexual abuse at Mater Dei High School and attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates will: Reveal and discuss two lawsuits brought against Mater Dei, a prestigious private school in Santa Ana that was home to multiple child sexual assault offenders throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and the Diocese of Orange for the actions of known perpetrator Monsignor Michael Harris and its role in the institutional cover-up of child sexual assault. The lawsuits are being brought under the new California Child Victims Act (AB 218).

Dec 26, 2019: Jeff Anderson & Associates Launches Major Child Protection Initiative Under New California Child Victims Act Law

(California) – Jeff Anderson & Associates, a national law firm that represents survivors of child sexual abuse, is launching a major child protection initiative in California. At nine press conferences Friday, December 27, through Thursday, January 2, throughout California, attorneys from the firm, along with advocates and child sexual abuse survivors, will announce the filing of 12 clergy sexual abuse lawsuits in eight California dioceses under California’s historic new Child Victims Act (CVA).

Dec 23, 2019: The Problem with Lifting the Pontifical Secret

Just the other day (December 17, 2019) Pope Francis announced that he was getting rid of “The Pontifical Secret.” It is a policy that he and the Vatican have had in place for a hundred years intended to keep child sex abuse by clergy secret. The grim reality is that this will change nothing.