It’s time for change

Many of you may have seen posts about All Survivors Day yesterday.     Now what? It’s time for change.  It’s time for action. The past two years have been a whirlwind of news about child sexual assault and cover-ups. The scandal is being exposed everywhere—churches, sports, camps, organizations, public and private schools. If you think […]

Closed for whom?

From the Associated Press: [The] Catholic Church is concerned that the [Michigan] statute of limitations bill could “open up other things that have been closed.” Other things? Things like abuse and cover-up? And these things have been closed? I don’t think so. Certainly not for the victims, who are still suffering. Not for the predators, […]

Will married priests solve the problem? Wife-beating priest case gives us sneak peek

Kill the celibacy requirement, kill the scandal? Hardly. The Catholic clergy sex abuse cover-up scandal is not totally unique. It’s an institutional cover-up, just like the institutional cover-up with Larry Nassar in US Gymnastics, the recent scandal in USA Swimming, the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal, the scandal in LAUSD, and smaller scandals in private, religious, and public institutions […]

There IS a child sex abuse scandal in Hollywood

Do I have proof of the scandal? Yes. Do a simple Google search on the Sugar’n Spice Photos of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields. You’ll read about the Playboy photos her mother approved and for which the photographer said the child felt “totally comfortable posing.” (That’s not comfort, BTW. That’s the product of grooming.) Fortunately, the […]

Pope Names Guam Administrator After Archbishop Accused of Abuse

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, Western Regional Director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests We are encouraged that the Vatican has taken this first step. Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron is now a twice-accused predator archbishop—who has also been accused of intimidating victims, bullying Catholics, and manipulating church rules regarding […]

Leg Update: California and Pennsylvania

California Victims of sex crimes have won another battle in the effort to extend the criminal statute of limitations for rape and sexual assault. SB 813, sponsored by Senator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino), which seeks to eliminate the criminal statute of limitations for rape and related crimes, passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee […]

Street closures in NYC for Papal visit

From the NYPD: NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES STREET CLOSURES AND EXPECTED TRAFFIC DELAYS RELATING TO THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS   The New York City Police Department today announced street closures and anticipated traffic delays relating to the visit of Pope Francis. The use of public transportation for the duration of the visit […]

Monitor the Xbox: A textbook example

    I am always telling parents the importance of keeping all Internet-enabled devices in common areas of the home. Many parents challenge me on this—telling me that they trust their child. It’s not a matter of trust. It’s a matter of child safety. Here’s why: From HLN: A Michigan woman is accused of having an […]

Just because they shout the loudest, doesn’t mean they’re right

The big discussion at the 2014 SNAP conference was “everybody’s favorite pontiff,” Pope Francis. Journalist Jason Berry—who faced raised eyebrows for earlier comments criticizing SNAP’s methods and “skillset“—told the group at his conference speech that SNAP should work strategically to “get a place at the table” and negotiate with the Vatican. (Note: Berry did apologize to the larger […]