Priest and Clergy Sexual Abuse Blog

California Governor Newsom Signs Legislation »

On October 13,2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 218 revising California’s statute of limitations applicable to civil claims for damages based on acts of childhood sexual assault.

Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 by Staff

Colorado Independent Compensation Program Launches »

The Archdiocese of Denver and the Dioceses of Colorado Springs and Pueblo have established and now launched an “Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program (IRRP)” to provide monetary compensation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by priests or bishops of those institutions.

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Staff

Bridgeport CT Diocese Releases Report »

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut has issued a report detailing child sexual abuse by priests serving the diocese since its formation in 1953. The report is based upon the existing files and records of the Diocese so there are likely to be many more incidents of abuse that occurred but went unreported.

Published on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Staff

Where Are They Now? »

The Associated Press has released the results of a comprehensive investigation it conducted to locate those defrocked priests who were credibly accused of child sexual abuse. AP’s investigators researched public databases and other publicly-available on-line resources to locate the almost 2,000 defrocked priests who are still alive.

Published on Sunday, October 6, 2019 by Staff

California Independent Compensation Program Launches »

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino and San Diego have established and now launched an “Independent Compensation Program (ICP)” to provide monetary compensation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by priests of those institutions.

Published on Monday, September 16, 2019 by Staff

California Dioceses Release Compensation Program Updates »

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Diego announced the establishment of a joint Independent Compensation Program for "Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests." The Program is intended to operate separately from the Archdiocese and Dioceses. The Program is expected to begin later in 2019 — most likely in September.

Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 by Staff

New York Child Victims Act Takes Effect August 14, 2019 »

On August 14, 2019, New York's historic Child Victims Act (CVA) takes effect. The CVA was signed into law by New York Governor Cuomo on February 14, 2019. With Governor Cuomo's signature, the Childhood Victims Act is now the law in New York, taking effect on August 14, 2019.

Published on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Staff

Rhode Island Legislation awaiting Governor’s Signature »

During the last week of June, 2019, the Rhode Island legislature passed revisions to the State’s laws that expand the time within which victims of childhood sexual abuse can bring civil claims against their abusers and, in some cases, against non-perpetrator responsible institutions.

Published on Monday, July 1, 2019 by Staff

Providence Diocese Releases Names of “Credibly Accused” Priests »

On July 1, 2019, the Diocese of Providence released the names of priests that the Diocese concludes have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

Published on Monday, July 1, 2019 by Staff

Arizona Extends Childhood Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations »

On May 27, 2019, Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2466 into law. The new law extends from two (2) to twelve (12) years the amount of time a survivor of childhood sexual abuse has to bring a claim against the abuser and any responsible institution.

Published on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 by Staff

California Dioceses Announce Compensation Program »

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of Fresno, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and San Diego announced the establishment of a joint Independent Compensation Program for “Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests.” The Program is expected to begin later in 2019 – most likely in September.

Published on Saturday, May 25, 2019 by Staff

New Jersey Bill Addresses Public Entities & Employees »

The New Jersey Assembly’s Judiciary Committee approved and reported out Assembly Bill No. 5392 which is designed to align standards for the civil liability of public entities (schools, government agencies, etc.) and public employees, with the standards in place for nonpublic entities and employees.

Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 by Staff

Connecticut Legislators Gut Provisions for Older Survivors »

The Connecticut Senate voted out a Committee Version of SB 3, a bill that originally included provisions designed to provide older victims of childhood sexual abuse, whose claims are currently time-barred, a window of time to bring their claims against the abusers and responsible institutions.

Published on Monday, May 20, 2019 by Staff

New Jersey Governor Murphy Signs Child Sex Abuse Bill into Law »

On Monday, May 13, 2019, New Jersey Governor Murphy signed A-3648 into law. A-3648 makes significant changes to New Jersey's statutes of limitations including for older survivors of childhood sexual abuse whose claims are currently time-barred.

Published on Monday, May 13, 2019 by Staff

Archdiocese of New York Releases 120 Names »

The Archdiocese of New York has released the names of 120 clergy members who have been credibly accused of child sex abuse. The list, released on April 26th, identifies 115 priests and 5 deacons.

Published on Saturday, April 27, 2019 by Staff

North Carolina and Pennsylvania - Child Sexual Abuse Legislative Updates »

On Wednesday, April 10th, the North Carolina Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 199 (“The Sexual Assault Fast Reporting and Enforcement (Safe Child) Act of 2019”), known as the “SAFE Child Act.” In addition, after its October, 2018 defeat of a legislative effort to reform statutes of limitation governing child sex abuse crimes and civil actions for damages, the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate will have another opportunity to consider such legislation.

Published on Friday, April 12, 2019 by Staff

Maryland Proposed Legislation »

On March 18, 2019, the Maryland House of Delegates voted 135 to 3 to approve House Bill 687 and advance it to the Maryland Senate for further legislative action. The Senate has scheduled a hearing on the measure for Thursday, March 28th. Some proponents of the legislation have expressed doubt as to whether the Maryland Senate will vote in favor of House Bill 687

Published on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 by Staff

New Jersey Assembly Approves Child Sex Abuse Bill »

During the evening of Monday, March 25, 2019, the New Jersey General Assembly, after almost 20 years of previous efforts to do so, approved A-3648, a bill that modifies the New Jersey statutes of limitations applicable to child sexual abuse.

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Staff

Diocese of Bridgeport Connecticut Identifies 10 Additional Accused Priests »

On March 22, 2019, the Diocese of Bridgeport released the names of ten (10) additional priests who have been “credibly accused” of child sexual abuse. The 10 priests were identified in a letter issued by the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, the Bishop of the Bridgeport Diocese.

Published on Saturday, March 23, 2019 by Staff

Connecticut Proposed Legislation: Significant Changes Affecting Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse »

On Tuesday, March 19th, several Connecticut lawmakers introduced Committee Bill No. 3 at the General Assembly: “An Act Combatting Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment.” The bill proposes sweeping changes to Connecticut’s laws dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment including changes to the State’s criminal laws.

Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Staff

New Jersey Senate Passes Bill – Statute of Limitations for Child Sex Abuse »

The New Jersey Senate passed NJ S-477, a bill that would increase the period of time within which civil claims for damages can be brought for childhood sexual abuse. The bill would allow a survivor up until age 55 to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator and any responsible institution(s).

Published on Friday, March 15, 2019 by Staff

NJ Catholic Dioceses Release Draft Protocol for Independent Victims Compensation Program (IVCP) »

Within the next thirty (30) days, the Archdiocese of Newark along with the Diocese of Camden, Metuchen, Trenton and Paterson in New Jersey intend to launch an “Independent Victims Compensation Program” (the IVCP), to provide compensation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy of one of these five New Jersey Dioceses. The IVCP will not consider other claims of childhood sexual abuse. The IVCP is expected to begin operating sometime in April, 2019.

Published on Monday, March 4, 2019 by Staff

New Jersey is Considering a Change to its Child Abuse Statute of Limitations »

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill that would extend New Jersey's statute of limitations for claims of childhood sexual abuse. A bill to extend the statute of limitations is currently being considered by the New Jersey Legislature. The bill would enable a victim of childhood sexual abuse to sue: (a) up until the victim attains the age of 55; or (b) within seven years from the date he/she discovered the abuse – whichever of these is later.

Published on Sunday, March 3, 2019 by Staff

Vatican Summit On Child Sex Abuse by Priests and other Clergy »

On February 21, 2019, the Catholic Church’s Pope Francis convened a 4-day sex abuse prevention summit in Rome. Invited to the summit were almost 190 clergy and others from throughout the world. The main purpose of the summit is to provide training and guidance on how church leaders should address reports of childhood sexual abuse when they return to their dioceses, churches and other organizations.

Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Staff

Pittsburgh Diocese Compensation Program »

On December 13, 2018, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced the launch of its “Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program for Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors” (the “IRCP”). The IRCP is intended “to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse of minors by clergy of the Diocese.”

Published on Monday, February 25, 2019 by Staff

Philadelphia Archdiocese Compensation Program »

On November 13, 2018, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the launch of its “Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program for Claims of Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors” (the “IRRP”). Designed as an additional compensation program to one the Archdiocese implemented in 2003, the IRRP is intended “to provide support and compensation for victims/survivors abused as minors by priests or deacons of the Archdiocese.”

Published on Sunday, February 24, 2019 by Staff

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