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Boy Scouts, Catholic Dioceses Find Haven from Sex Abuse Suits in Bankruptcy

Lawmakers around the United States have tried to grant justice to victims of decades-old incidents of child sexual abuse by giving them extra time to file lawsuits. Now some of the defendants in these cases, including church and youth organizations, …

Sex-Abuse Video Victimizes Child Long After Abuser is Gone

The video of a man raping his 9-year-old daughter was discovered in New Zealand in 2016 and triggered a global search for the little girl. Investigators contacted Interpol and the pursuit eventually included the FBI, the U.S. State Department and …

Ohio Court Rejects Caps on Damages in Some Child Rape Cases

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A woman repeatedly raped as a child is eligible for millions of dollars in additional compensation because a state cap on pain-and-suffering awards is unconstitutional as applied to cases like hers, a divided Ohio Supreme Court …

Churches Defend Clergy Loophole in Child Sex Abuse Reporting

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that …

In Deeply Mormon Utah, a Push to Require Clergy Report Abuse

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Survivors and faith leaders rallied Friday at the Utah State Capitol to demand change to a state law that exempts religious leaders from requirements that they report child sexual abuse brought to their attention in …

Nationwide Doesn’t Have to Defend in Suit Against Alabama Child Molester

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. does not have to defend its insured, an Alabama man who abused a 10-year-old girl, leaving the victim with little recourse for winning significant civil damages, a federal appeals court decided last week. The 11th U.S. …

Mediator Ousted in Boy Scouts Bankruptcy; Deadline Extended

DOVER, Del. (AP) –The judge presiding over the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy issued a ruling Tuesday removing a former Delaware bankruptcy judge as a mediator, saying a court filing by the Boy Scouts raised questions about his impartiality. Judge …

Ex-House Speaker Settles Child Sexual Abuse Payments Suit

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay the man $1.8 million — the outstanding balance in …

The Hartford Agrees to Pay $650 Million in Boy Scouts Bankruptcy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agreed to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. In exchange for the payment, …

California Dioceses Create Clergy Abuse Compensation Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Six Roman Catholic dioceses in California are creating a program to compensate people who were sexually abused by priests as children, in return for them promising not to sue. The program announced Tuesday includes the Archdiocese of …