sexual abuse News

Richmond Diocese to Pay $6.3M to Sexual Abuse Victims

The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced Thursday that it is paying $6.3 million to 51 people who experienced sexual abuse as minors by clergy. The diocese released details in a report on its website. In February, Bishop Barry Knestout directed …

Weinstein Reaches Tentative $19M Deal With Accusers

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein and his former studio’s board have reached a nearly $19 million settlement with dozens of his sexual misconduct accusers, New York state’s attorney general and lawyers in a class-action lawsuit said last week. The agreement …

Trump Administration Revises Sexual Assault Response Rules for Schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday issued a new policy that will reshape the way schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual misconduct, bolstering the rights of the accused and narrowing the scope of cases colleges are required to …

California City is Paying $42.6 M to Settle Sex Abuse Claims

Santa Monica will pay $42.6 million to nearly two dozen victims of a city employee and former youth volunteer who killed himself after being charged with molestation, according to a newspaper report. The City Council on this week agreed to …

Court Upholds $21.7M Verdict Against Connecticut Rabbi in Sex Abuse Case

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a $21.7 million verdict against a Connecticut rabbi accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy in the early 2000s. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New …

Connecticut School Sued by Former Student Over Sexual Abuse

A former student at a private boarding school for girls in Connecticut says in a federal lawsuit that the school was negligent for allowing a former faculty member to sexually abuse her. The suit filed Tuesday alleges the Westover School …

Former Student Says Oregon Teacher Groped Her 80 Times, Seeks $4.5M

The first of what could be multiple sexual abuse lawsuits against The Catlin Gabel School in Oregon was filed this month. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Kim Wilson of Portland claims she was molested 80 times by Richardson Shoemaker, a long-time Catlin …

Clergy Members Named in Alaska Sexual Misconduct Review

An independent review has found credible accusations of past sexual misconduct against seven clergy members of an Alaska Catholic diocese, including a former priest who died in a July plane crash and another priest who was placed on administrative leave …

Woman Who Claimed Abuse Was Ignored Gets $1.7M

Washington state has agreed to pay $1.7 million to a woman who claimed social workers failed to investigate reports of neglect and sexual abuse three decades ago. The Seattle Times reported a judge signed off on the settlement to the …

New York Judge Dismisses Some of Levine’s Claims Against Met Opera

A New York judge last week dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine against the company last year. Levine was the Met’s music or artistic director from 1976-2016, then became its music director …