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Sex abuse survivors rally to keep disgraced Kanakuk counselor behind bars

Date Shared: July 11th, 2024
Date Released: July 10th, 2024
Source: ozarksfirst.com
A former counselor at Kanakuk Kamp in Branson is serving multiple life sentences for sexually abusing campers, but he will soon have a chance at parole. After serving 14 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, Peter Newman will appear for a hearing in front of a parole board in September.

Woman says Gateway Church pastor Robert Morris first molested her when she was 12-years-old

Date Shared: June 17th, 2024
Date Released: June 16th, 2024
Source: wfaa.com
Woman says Gateway Church pastor Robert Morris first molested her when she was 12-years-old In a statement, Morris admitted to "inappropriate sexual behavior with a young lady" 35 years ago. A woman accuses Gateway Church pastor Robert Morris of first molesting her on Christmas in 1982, when she was 12-years-old.  Cindy Clemishire, the accuser, tells WFAA the abuse continued until 1987 when she told a friend what had happened. Clemishire says she told her parents after the friend advised her to do so.  Sunday, Morris admitted he was "involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with a young lady,"...

Former Boy Scout: Michigan law is keeping abuse victims from full payouts

Date Shared: April 22nd, 2024
Date Released: April 22nd, 2024
Source: woodtv.com
Right now, survivors can file civil claims three years after realizing they were victimized or until their 28th birthday, whichever is later. Legislation proposed last year in the Michigan House would give them until they turn 52, or seven years after discovering they were a victim. That legislation has stalled.

'What are they hiding': Former SBC members react to sex abuse settlement

Date Shared: January 6th, 2024
Date Released: January 5th, 2024
Source: chron.com
- Last week, Minick read articles covering how SBC and others reached a confidential settlement in a six-year suit accusing Pressler of sex abuse and alleging that others including First Baptist Church of Houston were responsible for covering up crimes.  - "It just left me wondering who all knew and what else are they hiding," Minick said Monday, expressing frustration that the case would never reach its February trial date. It was his belief that SBC had "calculated the cost of the cost of settlement versus trial and did what they had to do to protect themselves and there was no...

Southern Baptist Convention settles high-profile lawsuit that accused former leader of sexual abuse

Date Shared: January 6th, 2024
Date Released: December 29th, 2023
- The suit prompted a major newspaper investigation into Southern Baptist sexual abuse and seven other men to come forward with allegations against Paul Pressler, an influential conservative activist and former Texas judge. - Rollins said weaponized religious language to justify his predations — were so traumatizing that he unconsciously developed a sort of Stockholm syndrome that, coupled with the drug and alcohol addictions he blamed on the trauma, made it impossible to recognize himself as a victim until decades had passed. Thus, Rollins argued, his statute of limitations should have begun when he realized he had been...

'Let Us Prey' docuseries highlights abuse at Circle of Hope and Agape Boarding School in Missouri

Date Shared: January 7th, 2024
Date Released: November 30th, 2023
Source: kcur.org
Part of the Investigation Discovery series, which examines abusive practices in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, highlights two cases at religious schools in southwest Missouri. The docuseries is now streaming on Max. A new docuseries is shedding light on allegations of abuse inside the Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches, and related cases at two religious schools in southwest Missouri are featured.  Circle of Hope and Agape Boarding School, both located in Cedar County, faced years of allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse against children. Criticism of the schools escalated in 2020, when the Kansas City Star investigated the claims and...

Clergy sex abuse survivor Irene Deschenes co-founds new group to help victims

Date Shared: November 21st, 2023
Date Released: November 19th, 2023
Source: cbc.ca
A London, Ont., woman who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic priest is now heading a new organization aimed at delivering speedier justice for victims. This month, Irene Deschenes helped found Outrage Canada, a national non-religious advocacy group with a mandate to hold the church accountable for sexual abuse by the clergy. The group proposes the federal government set up a national reporting centre to gather and investigate reports of clergy abuse. Deschenes said the current system re-victimizes people who file abuse allegations with the church.  "Right now, for folks their...

Boy Scouts Abuse Victims Risk Losing Millions Over Filing Errors

Date Shared: November 17th, 2023
Date Released: November 17th, 2023
Several hundred former Boy Scouts are at risk of losing out on millions of dollars in sex abuse compensation due to paperwork errors made when voting on the organization’s $2.46 billion bankruptcy settlement.

Archdiocese of St. Louis abuse victim speaks out after settling with church for $1M

Date Shared: November 12th, 2023
Date Released: November 10th, 2023
Source: stlpr.org

Abuse Survivors ‘Disgusted’ by Southern Baptist Court Brief

Date Shared: October 27th, 2023
Date Released: October 26th, 2023
A brief filed earlier this year by lawyers for the Executive Committee, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Lifeway, an SBC publisher, argues that a Kentucky law that changed the statute of limitations for making civil claims over abuse—and allowing survivors to sue third parties such as churches or police—should not be applied retroactively.

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