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AUG 9 2018

As we await the release of a long-anticipated Pennsylvania grand jury report on hundreds of predatory priests, it is more important than ever to keep demanding that bishops act to end the secrecy and tell the truth about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. And it is a reminder that the time is now for statute of limitations reform for child sexual abuse cases in Pennsylvania and everywhere else.The redacted 900-page report is expected to include approximately 300 clergy abusers. We believe there are hundreds more, many of whom are in active ministry or still alive, meaning kids are in...


JUL 31 2018

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

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...


JUN 28 2018

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 7 2018

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...


MAY 24 2018

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...