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APR 5 2019

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As we recognize the importance of protecting children and helping survivors heal and thrive, we urge everyone to join the child protection movement and do the same – this month and beyond.You can do this in many ways. Simply talking about child abuse and sexual violence is one way. Having thoughtful, open and trauma-informed conversations about abuse helps break the often-present stigma around it. It is often very difficult for survivors to disclose their abuse. Being open and present for survivors – and telling them you...


MAR 29 2019

One of the eastern seaboard’s most notorious predator priests, Father Romano Ferraro, is up for parole on a life sentence. For decades Ferraro was moved from parish to parish under the protection of Roman Catholic hierarchs, all the while sexually abusing countless children in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Missouri. This man is as dangerous today as he was back when he first admitted his sexual desires for young boys as a seminarian in 1955.His parole hearing is Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Massachusetts Parole Board's Central Office at 12 Mercer Road, Natick, MA...


MAR 15 2019

In response to the bombshell 2018 Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse, six of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses are offering compensation programs for survivors. The best response would be for Pennsylvania lawmakers to enact a Child Victims Act giving survivors more time to bring civil lawsuits against pedophiles and their enabling institutions, and opening a window for bringing claims currently barred by the statute of limitations. The Pennsylvania bishops won’t give up their secrets and stop protecting abusive clergy until that happens.But the compensation programs no doubt...


FEB 26 2019

The Vatican summit on Catholic clergy child sex abuse ended as these things usually do, with a lot of defensive and cynical lip service from the pope that has no apparent purpose other than public relations shell games. This time, it included a lot of papal talk about the devil.On the eve of the summit with 180 of his bishops last week, Pope Francis proclaimed that critics of the Church are “friends, cousins and relatives of the devil.”, an assertion so stunningly ridiculous and tone deaf that it is hard to believe a pope uttered it with a straight face. As the summit ended, Pope Francis state...


FEB 18 2019

Pope Francis to host “unprecedented” summit on child sexual abuseNew York’s history-making Child Victims Act is a victory for sexual abuse survivors in the face of – and in response to - decades of cover-up and inactivity by powerful institutions. The new law allows sexual abuse survivors more time to seek justice and healing while holding enabling institutions accountable and pressuring them to finally be transparent and safe. The New York Child Victims Act comes in the midst of a head-spinning era of sexual abuse prevention activity, public pressure and publicity in which we read about...


JAN 28 2019

Long-Awaited Reform To Provide Justice and Accountability (Albany, NY) – New York is on the verge of making child protection history as the state Legislature is expected to pass the proposed Child Victims Act (CVA) today. “It appears that the lawmakers in New York are finally coming together to choose the welfare of survivors and the public over the interests of powerful institutions trying to protect themselves and their secrets,” said Jeff Anderson, an attorney with Jeff Anderson & Associates noted for his work on behalf of child sexual abuse survivors for more than three decades...