Don’t go it alone: How to find a civil attorney for your child sex abuse case

I get SO MANY emails asking for help in this arena. Start here. You can always email me for suggestions and guidance, too. And no “helpful hints” on video production, please. I can’t take any more. My 13-year-old son is already overloading me how much improvement I need. Ugh. I told him that my videos…Continue reading Don’t go it alone: How to find a civil attorney for your child sex abuse case

Victims to Hawai’i Bishop: Make all predators’ names public

The first step to transparency is being, well … transparent. And when your former bishop is a three-time-accused (that we know of) predator, that makes transparency even more important. Victims to Hawai’i Bishop: Make all predators’ names public Thirty other dioceses have exposed accused clerics Seattle list included abuser in hiding in Honolulu Former bishop…Continue reading Victims to Hawai’i Bishop: Make all predators’ names public

Hawaii Diocese knows who the predators are. They just won’t tell us.

Yesterday’s LA Times told the story of Edward Courtney, former Irish Christian Brother who is accused of molesting upwards of 50 kids. He’s living “under the radar” in Hawaii. The bigger story is that EVERY cleric in Hawaii who has been accused of abuse (including former Bishop Joseph Ferrario) lives or has lived under the…Continue reading Hawaii Diocese knows who the predators are. They just won’t tell us.

Big News: Hawaii Civil Window for child sex abuse victims EXTENDED; Includes public schools

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie just signed a law that extends Hawaii’s two-year civil window for sex abuse victims. But there’s more: victims in public schools are NOW eligible for accountability under the new law. For the first time, sex offenders in public schools and the people who covered up for them—including powerful unions and other gov’t…Continue reading Big News: Hawaii Civil Window for child sex abuse victims EXTENDED; Includes public schools

More proof that Jerry Brown got it all wrong: Love Serve Surrender

When California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 131 —an extension to California’s 2003 civil window that would have allowed victims of child sex abuse to come forward, no matter when they were abused—he cited an age-old (and VERY STALE) argument that we hear often from Catholic bishops: “window laws are unfair.” Tell that to the…Continue reading More proof that Jerry Brown got it all wrong: Love Serve Surrender

Trailer: Documentary exposes Big Island abuser

Vice News has released a trailer for their upcoming documentary LOVE SERVE SURRENDER. The film tells the story of Jay Ram, a former Hilo-area farmer who fostered and adopted boys in California and Hawaii  … and then sexually abused them. Because of Hawaii’s civil window, these boys—now men— have been able to expose Jay and…Continue reading Trailer: Documentary exposes Big Island abuser

What did Damien’s board of directors know?

Over the weekend, we learned that Damien Memorial School officials lied on a grant application that resulted in a $1.5 million award to the school from the State of Hawaii for “capital improvements.” Here is a quick recap: School officials conveniently “forgot” to mention that at the time the application was filed in January, the…Continue reading What did Damien’s board of directors know?

Honolulu Star Advertiser: Victims of church sexual abuse need criminal lawyers, not therapy

From today’s Honolulu Star Advertiser: Victims of church sexual abuse need criminal lawyers, not therapy By Marilyn Wong The Roman Catholic Diocese of Hawaii, via a newspaper ad that ran Monday, is offering therapy treatment and reconciliation for the victims of sex abuse. Directing victims to go to the diocese for help is like sending…Continue reading Honolulu Star Advertiser: Victims of church sexual abuse need criminal lawyers, not therapy

Victims settle with Irish Christian Brothers for $16.5 million

Two years after they sought bankruptcy protection to avoid more than 200 embarrasing civil sex abuse trials, the New York-based Irish Christian Brothers (ICB) have settled with more than 400 victims of child sexual abuse (in Canada and the United States) for $16.5 million. This marks the end of the first step for many ICB…Continue reading Victims settle with Irish Christian Brothers for $16.5 million

If you have a scholarship, don’t name it after a 3-time accused predator …

The latest from Hawaii: Why would Honolulu’s Maryknoll School keep a scholarship named after a accused child predator? And what kind of message does that send?   Victims blast local high school Scholarship named after alleged predator He’s been accused of abuse by three boys But school & board still honor his memory “Honoring predators…Continue reading If you have a scholarship, don’t name it after a 3-time accused predator …

10th predator outed at Honolulu school, broke victim’s hand for reporting

NEWS EVENT: Maui man files new sex abuse & cover-up suit It’s the 1st time cleric/teacher has been accused And he’s the 10th alleged pedophile at Honolulu school When victim reported the crimes, cleric was sent away Then, Catholic officials brought him back, he retaliated & broke the victim’s hand What: Holding signs with photos…Continue reading 10th predator outed at Honolulu school, broke victim’s hand for reporting

New Abuse Lawsuit Against Damien, Honolulu Diocese

The latest lawsuit exposing a long string of sex abuse and cover-up scandals at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu Two Honolulu men file new clergy sex abuse suit They accuse a former Damien Catholic teacher He has allegedly molested at least 12 kids in five states A former Damien principal has also been named as…Continue reading New Abuse Lawsuit Against Damien, Honolulu Diocese