Ask a Question Friday: My kid is too young for prevention education

Joelle, you constantly stress how important it is to “armor” your child against abuse from as early as infancy and toddlerhood. I don’t agree. My child is too young to know about sex. Why do you insist on exposing children so early and ruining their innocence? Armoring your child does NOT include talking about sex.…Continue reading Ask a Question Friday: My kid is too young for prevention education

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

Star Advertiser: Toughen laws against child-sex predators

From the editorial in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Children who are raped, sodomized and otherwise sexually abused must cope with the emotional and physical pain of these heinous acts for the rest of their lives. Just as there is no statute of limitations on the trauma they suffer, there should be no statute of limitations on…Continue reading Star Advertiser: Toughen laws against child-sex predators

Hawaii: Bills may give more victims chance for justice

From today’s Hawaii Star-Advertiser: Bills seek more time to file suit Expanding the current two-year window, which expires next month, is unfair to the accused entities, critics argue By Derrick DePledge POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2014 “Did you know these men?” The question appeared in an ad in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser last Sunday…Continue reading Hawaii: Bills may give more victims chance for justice

Honolulu Diocese creates “Public Nuisance”, Victims say

TODAY IN HONOLULU: Sex abuse lawsuits call for release of accused offenders Six more victims come forward under new law  “Window for Victims” closes April 24   WHAT: At a news conference on Wednesday in Honolulu, sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys Mark Gallagher and Jeff Anderson will: · Discuss the novel use of nuisance…Continue reading Honolulu Diocese creates “Public Nuisance”, Victims say

THE WELL-ARMORED CHILD Book Proposal is already gaining interest …

I knew I wasn’t crazy to propose a book on child safety. I am very proud of how the completed proposal for THE WELL-ARMORED CHILD: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER FROM ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION has turned out. I received help from some extraordinary folks, who pushed me to go further and create a…Continue reading THE WELL-ARMORED CHILD Book Proposal is already gaining interest …

Victims Settle With LA Archdiocese for $13 Million

This just arrived in my inbox   Media Advisory February 18, 2014   Sexual Abuse Survivors Settle with Los Angeles Archdiocese Archdiocese used therapy scam to defraud victims of civil rights Cardinal, Bishop thwarted police, helped criminal priest escape US   What:  At a news conference Wednesday sexual abuse survivors and their attorneys, Anthony DeMarco and…Continue reading Victims Settle With LA Archdiocese for $13 Million

VOTF National Assembly – April 5, 2014

Speakers will include John L. Allen, Jr., Associate Editor for Catholic news at The Boston Globe and founder of the Vatican beat for National Catholic Reporter, and Fr. Thomas Reese, NCR’s Senior Analyst and author of The Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church. I did an MSNBC interview with Reese last month and he…Continue reading VOTF National Assembly – April 5, 2014

Castillo victims settle with Diocese of San Bernardino

According to the Riverside Press Enterprise, two victims of convicted priest Alejandro “Alex” Castillo settled their sex abuse and cover-up lawsuits against the Diocese of San Bernardino for $3.8 million. In a statement, the diocese called Castillo’s acts “sinful and unlawful.” They also added this: The diocese acknowledges and deeply regrets the sinful and unlawful…Continue reading Castillo victims settle with Diocese of San Bernardino

The Battle of the Scandals, pt 1: The Nation-State

There have been a number of things about the recent UN committee report on (and the global response to) the Vatican’s role in clergy sex abuse that have given me pause. The first issue has been the one to which Vatican and global Catholic officials have clung : The report’s inclusion of language about the church’s…Continue reading The Battle of the Scandals, pt 1: The Nation-State

Stockton makes its grand entrance to the Bankruptcy Ball

The Diocese of Stockton announced today that they are going to seek bankruptcy protection in federal court on Wednesday. They had announced their “intentions” to file last year. The first goal of the filing, according to Bishop Stephen Blaire in the Lodi News is to “provid[e] a process to compensate victims of sexual abuse, particularly those…Continue reading Stockton makes its grand entrance to the Bankruptcy Ball

Diocese questioned about finances – Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, NM, Dec. 28, 2013

*Like part one, part two is not available online* Scroll down to the italicized section (emphasis is mine). It seems that all of the “Unknown real estate values” that Bishop Wall wrung his hands over were actually known and itemized in a 2012 audit. Judges have a tendency to come down hard on that kind of…Continue reading Diocese questioned about finances – Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, NM, Dec. 28, 2013

St. Paul/Minn Archbishop loves to talk about child porn, hates to report it

In July, I blogged about how institutions should not be in the child sex abuse investigation business. Little did I know that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would prove me right so quickly. Here’s a recap from what we learned yesterday from Minnesota Public Radio (emphasis mine): Archbishop John Nienstedt was in the middle…Continue reading St. Paul/Minn Archbishop loves to talk about child porn, hates to report it

Damien grant unconstitutional, says Hawaii AG

Hawaii’s state deputy attorney general determined that a $1.5 million grant intended for Damien Memorial School is unconstitutional. According to the Honolulu Civil Beat: Deputy Attorney General Randall Nishiyama’s memo, dated Sept. 3, 2013, notifies Mercado Kim that the grant for Kalihi’s Damien Memorial School violates a provision in Hawaii’s constitution prohibiting the state from contributing public money to…Continue reading Damien grant unconstitutional, says Hawaii AG