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State Clergy Abuse Hotline in Pennsylvania Fielded 1,900 Calls in First Year

Investigators are working their way through accusations from 1,862 calls made to a clergy abuse hotline in the 12 months since a landmark grand jury report exposed decades of child abuse within Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses, the state attorney general …

Texas Ranch Didn’t Protect Boys from Sexual Abuse, Lawsuit Says

A young man and a teenage boy have filed a lawsuit accusing the staff at a Texas ranch for at-risk youth of not protecting them from sexual abuse by older residents, an advocate for child abuse victims says. In recent …

Last Lawsuit in Virginia Boy’s Septic Tank Drowning Settled

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with the drowning of a five-year-old Virginia boy in a septic tank has been settled with a $200,000 insurance payment to his parents and sister. The Roanoke Times reports the order entered Wednesday …

Insurers Sue Over Southern California School Abuse Settlement

Seven insurers have sued the Los Angeles school district to avoid paying a $30 million settlement to 58 alleged victims of child abuse at an elementary school. The insurers claim there was no relevant coverage under the policies, but the …

N.J. Bill to Toss Limits on Abuse Lawsuits Stalls

A bill that would get rid of statutes of limitation for lawsuits over child sex abuse has stalled in New Jersey’s Senate. The Senate had been expected to vote on the measure Monday. But Sen. Joseph Vitale, one of the …

Insurance Company Sues Helena Diocese

An insurance company says it didn’t sell policies to the Helena-based Catholic Diocese of Montana and is not responsible for covering costs involved in defending former nuns and priests accused of child abuse ranging from the 1930s through the 1970s. …

Athletic Union Vows Changes to Child Safety Policy

The Amateur Athletic Union was set to announce changes Wednesday to its child safety policies after its former president became the target of a child molestation investigation. The AAU called a news conference at its suburban Orlando, Fla., headquarters where …

South Carolina Judge Awards Sex Abuse Victim $14 Million

A South Carolina Circuit Court judge has awarded a 27-year-old woman more than $14 million in civil damages in a suit brought against a former stepfather who sexually abused her as a child. The woman, Kelly Waldron Bowles, chose to …

Auditors Cite Catholic Church’s Lapses in Child Abuse Prevention

Auditors hired by the U.S. bishops to check child safety in America’s Roman Catholic dioceses each year warned in a new report this week of a drift away from parts of the church’s nine-year-old abuse prevention plan. The agency the …