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Hawaii Private School Pays $65M to Sex Abuse Victims

A private school system in Hawaii has paid $65 million to 32 people who sued the institution for the sexual abuse perpetrated decades ago by a psychiatric consultant. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the payment Kamehameha Schools made this week is …

California Catholic Bishops at Center of Sex Abuse Lawsuit

A man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by his parish priest said he is suing all Catholic bishops in California and the Archdiocese of Chicago, seeking to compel church officials to release records on clergy abuse. The …

School District in California Settles Sex Abuse Cases for $15M

A Southern California school district agreed to pay more than $15 million to settle lawsuits by eight former students who say they were sexually abused by teachers and staff members, attorneys announced this week. The three cases involved former female …

Montana Jury Awards $300K in Youth Center Sex Abuse Case

A Montana jury has awarded $300,000 to a mother who claimed a Billings youth treatment center failed to protect her son from being sexually abused by other residents. The Billings Gazette reports the jury awarded the damages Wednesday on claims …

Abuse Cases Against California Jehovah’s Witnesses Congregations Settled

Two men who say they were sexually abused by a leader at Jehovah’s Witnesses congregations in San Diego, Calif. in the 1990s have settled their lawsuits against the church’s governing body. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the settlements were …

California Looking for Balancing Act for Harassment Discipline

California Sen. Tony Mendoza’s resignation this week spared his fellow lawmakers from a difficult decision about appropriate punishment after an investigation found he likely engaged in flirtatious and sexually suggestive behavior with a half-dozen women. But the Legislature’s reckoning with …

Attorneys Say Montana Diocese Has More Assets for Abuse Settlements

Attorneys representing victims of sex abuse by priests and other employees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings in Montana argue parish money being held by the diocese should be available to pay a settlement to victims. The victims …

Montana Diocese Filing for Bankruptcy to Settle Sex Abuse Claims

A second Montana Roman Catholic diocese will file for bankruptcy protection as part of settlements involving more than 400 people in sex abuse lawsuits, church officials said Friday. The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings said it expected to make the Chapter …

$14M Suit Filed by Former Oregon Boy Scouts Claiming Sex Abuse

Two men have filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America and its local branch for $7 million each, claiming they were sexually abused by a former scout leader in Milwaukie in the 1970s. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported the lawsuit …

Man Seeking $5M in Damages from Utah Big Brothers Big Sisters over Sex Abuse

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah organization has been sued by a man who claims the group did not do enough to stop a former mentor from sexually abusing him when he was a boy over a period lasting …