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On November 11th, the Michigan Supreme Court upheld a sexual abuse lawsuit verdict by a lower court ordering the Department of Corrections to pay $100 million to 800 victims, who had alleged sexual abuse and harassment by the Oakland County prison staff in 1996. A day before, a  Miami jury imposed $100-million fine on a former Roman Catholic priest in a child sexual abuse lawsuit and a young Indianapolis girl moved court against Indiana Swimming, USA Swimming, and Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, alleging sexual victimization by her coach. Earlier in the month, the entire nation was taken aback when a grand jury indicted Jerry Sandusky, an ex-football coach at Pennsylvania State University, for sexual abuse of eight young boys. The last two months have also witnessed filing of a number of sexual abuse lawsuits against Catholic priests, the Pentagon, universities, and sports bodies.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit


Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Sexual Abuse LawsuitFive more men have joined 22 others in filing sexual abuse claims against the Irish Christian Brothers at a Chicago bankruptcy court. The plaintiffs have alleged abuse by the members of the Catholic order during their student years at Chicago-based Brother Rice and Leo high schools and St. Laurence High School in Burbank. The Catholic order has filed for bankruptcy protection and Wednesday was the deadline for filing of claims by sexual abuse victims.

The claims filed by five men last week alleged molestation by Brother Edward Courtney, who worked as a teacher at Chicago area schools of the Irish Christian Brothers during the 1960s and 1970s. Courtney along with Brother D.P. Ryan and Brother Robert Brouillette has been named in a number of sexual abuse lawsuits filed in Washington, New York, and other states. The Catholic order reportedly transferred Courtney from one school to other following molestation allegations before he joined its schools in Washington.

In April 2011, the Irish Christian Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after more than a dozen sexual abuse lawsuits claiming molestation by its priests were filed in the United States. Attorneys view the bankruptcy plea as an attempt to protect the church assets and prevent escalation in sex abuse lawsuit. All members of three school alumni associations were informed of the Wednesday deadline to file their sex abuse claims.

Irish Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The officials of the Christian Bothers have been named in a number of sexual abuse lawsuits filed in Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United States since the early 1990s. According to a report of the Irish Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse allegations published in 2009, “allegations of child abuse, and particularly child sexual abuse, were a recurring and persistent problem for the Congregation.” The investigation found that physical beating and emotional torture were commonly used in schools and orphanages run by the order, and the climate of fear created by such action of the officials deterred many victims of abuse to report their abusers. According to the report, seniors did not take any step to dismiss the abusers, but transferred them from school to school, allowing them to continue their misdeeds.

In January 2009, the Congregation of Christian Brothers paid $7 million to 13 former students of Kent-based Briscoe Memorial School to settle sexual abuse lawsuits filed by them. The men alleged physical and sexual abuse over decades during the 1960s and 1970s, when they were part of the boarding schools run by the Catholic order. In November 2010, the order settled sexual abuse lawsuits filed by another group of 11 men for $4.45 million. The plaintiffs accused officials of the Christian Brothers of molesting them while they were students at the school in 1950s. The Seattle Archdiocese, owner of the schools, also paid $2.7 million as compensation. Another molestation victim from 1940s batch at the school settled for $315,000 in 2007. In 2006, the order settled three lawsuits alleging sexual abuse at Briscoe.

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Priest Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Settlement


The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Texas settled a serious sexual abuse lawsuit Tuesday with a former Catholic High School student whom was sexually molested and abused by a Catholic Priest. can confirm that the amount was acceptable to both parties.

The lawsuit comes as a result of the molestation and sexual abuse of the catholic school student by Rev. William Paiz between the years of 1982 and 1987, starting when the child was only 16 years old.

The child church sexual abuse victim who is now in his 40s, filed the sexual abuse lawsuit in January and listed numerous locations where the sexual abuse took place. Some of the crime scenes include: All Saints Catholic Church, St. George Catholic Church and other locations.

As part of the lawsuit settlement agreement, Paiz is not allowed to  work in a position that puts him in contact with any children, juveniles or young adults, and that he no longer represent himself to be a priest.

In the past, the church has been slow to react when church officials have been charged with abuse, said David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"For years now, most bishops have been quietly but consistently backsliding in treating victims with compassion and being open in these cases," he said. "Policies, panels, procedures and protocols have been developed and it looks great on paper. But the sad truth is that behind closed doors, in diocese after diocese, there's been very little change. The fundamental reason is because the church is a monarchy. Every bishop is the lord of their own kingdom and they answer to no one."

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Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawsuit


Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

On December 12, 2012, a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a Delaware man in Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse LawsuitPhiladelphia County Court has accused Vance Hein, a former Boy Scouts of America official, of sexual abuse on many occasions in 1998 and 1999. Vance Hein worked as a scoutmaster at Mormon near Downingtown, Chester County and led many church-sponsored Scout troops in the United States and Canada. In 1999, he was sentenced to probation for 15 years after being found guilty of child sexual abuse. In 2011, the 61-year-old was sent to jail for 15-30 years, following discovery of child pornography material on his personal computer.

According to plaintiff Melvin Nowak, the 4 million-strong organization failed to act to prevent pedophiles working in the organization or warn parents of potential sexual abuse. Hein was the perfect embodiment of a Scout leader who continued to involve in pedophile acts due to failure of the Boy Scouts to track and remove such perpetrators. The former Scoutmaster was accused of sexual abuse while working in California before his appointment by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Scout leader in Pennsylvania.

The Scouts sex abuse lawsuit is the first such litigation in Pennsylvania after the release of more than 14,500 pages of secret "perversion files" by the Boy Scouts in October 2012. The files made public the names of perverted leaders thrown out of the organization in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s following accusations of sexual abuse and molestations. However, the Boy Scouts did not inform the police of any of these incidents and preferred to deal with it privately, which encouraged many such perpetrators to join the organization and continue their disgraced actions. There was also no mechanism in place to check and bar such leaders from joining the organization. All these have led many to accuse the Scouts of cover-up attempts at the cost of children joining the camps.

Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Lawsuit: The Long History of Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America has reportedly noticed 3,000 sexual abuse incidents until 2010 despite putting in place a Youth Protection program in the 1980s. In 1982, Joe Gibson, a former Florida Scoutmaster, was found guilty of abusing the scout during trips. Lee Pontius, another former Florida Scoutmaster, was also convicted of molestation charges. An ex-Scoutmaster from College Park, Maryland, was pronounced guilty of charges of multiple cases of teen sexual abuse between 1984 and 1987. David McDonald Rankin had sex with scouts on knife point.

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Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit Attorney And The Catholic Church


Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Sexual Abuse Of Children In The catholic ChurchA 51-year-old Saint Paul man has become the first plaintiff to file a sex abuse lawsuit after the new Minnesota Child Victims Act was signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton on May 24, 2013. The new law unanimously passed by the state Senate on May 8 has waived off restrictions imposed by the civil statute of limitation that previously disallowed victims molested or subjected to sexual crime during their childhood to sue perpetrators after attaining the age of 24 years. The sexual abuse lawsuit alleges multiple incidents of molestation by an ex-priest in the 1970s and has also sought for publication of names of 46 priests and church officials accused of “credible accusations of sexual abuse” while working for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Filed in a Ramsey County court in May 29, 2013, by a Twin City resident identified as “John Doe 1,” the child sex abuse lawsuit claims that the plaintiff was molested by a former St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church priest Thomas Adamson between 1976 and 1977 in St. Paul Park. The lawsuit has named Adamson, the Diocese of Winona, and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The last two have been accused of negligence, inaction, and employing a pedophile with access to children for years. While the sex abuse lawsuit seeks $50,000 in compensation from the defendants, it also wants the court to direct the church to release names of "credibly accused child molesting priests."

Adamson, the accused, first got into controversy in 1964 following sexual abuse allegations. However, he continued to work without any action or police report despite admission of his misdeeds. The former priest was named in a number of child sex abuse litigation's in the past.

The Diocese of Crookston paid more than $2.3 million to settle a dozen of sex abuse lawsuits filed against it following abuse by ex-priest James Porter. The culprit died in 2005 after serving a 20-year-long imprisonment.

Minnesota Child Victims Act Sets Off The Pace

Minnesota is on the verge of witnessing a rush of church sex abuse lawsuits following exemption in the statute of limitations granted by the Child Victims Act for bringing forward litigations by people abused as children. There have been hundreds of complaints against the state Archdiocese and dioceses alleging sexual abuse and molestation by their officials and priests as well as inaction and cover-up attempts when incidents were reported.

The demand for Child Victims Act picked up last year following a verdict by the Minnesota Supreme Court in Jim Keenan's sex abuse lawsuit against the Diocese of Winona and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in July 2012. The lawsuit filed by 45-year-old Keenan in 2006 accused defendants of covering up sexual abuse that he had to suffer from when selected as an altar boy between 1980 and 1982. The plaintiff sought waiver from the before 24-year statute of limitations on the ground that repressed memories led to delayed claim. Though there were expert witnesses to support the plaintiff’s claim, the court dismissed the church sexual abuse lawsuit on the ground that it could not bypass the statute of limitations. To make matters worse, the diocese took steps to recover the legal fees it had spent on the battle.

In April 2013, a similar church sexual abuse claim by a 46-year-old man involving a former dorm parent of Faribault-based Shattuck-St. Mary's school was dismissed by a Minnesota court citing the statute of limitations. The culprit, who was arrested in 2012 November, admitted that he had sexual relationship with the plaintiff 32 years ago.

Though the sexual abuse lawsuit failed, yet it caused widespread public indignation in Minnesota. A survey by the National Center for Victims of Crime then found that more than 63 percent people in Minnesota wanted unhindered opportunities for child sexual abuse victims to sue those who abused them and institutions facilitating their abuse at any given time. The civil society also called for erasing the civil statute of limitations and facilitating sex abuse survivors to come forward and sue abusers. Experts also advised in favor of such steps for two reasons – first, the institutions that allowed abuse must be held accountable irrespective of time lapse and second, a victim requires considerable psychological strength and encouragement that is time consuming to come out of childhood exploitation trauma and make sexual abuse claims.

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