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My Suburban Life

Documents detail sex abuse by former Woodridge priests


May 5, 2014 | By ED MCMENAMIN | My Suburban Life

Thousands of pages of documents released April 30 by a Chicago law firm detail decades of sexual abuse by DuPage County priests and the protection they allegedly received from the Diocese of Joliet.

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Sun Times

Priest reinstated after inquiry finds abuse claim unfounded


April 15, 2014 | By FRANCINE KNOWLES | Sun-Times

A Chicago Catholic priest, who had been accused of sexually abusing a minor nearly 20 years ago, is being reinstated to active ministry after a Cook County Sheriff’s office investigation found the allegation was unfounded, the Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday.

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Sun Times

Archdiocese agrees to pay up to $2.1 mil. to settle sex abuse suit


March 26, 2014 | By FRANCINE KNOWLES | Sun-Times

The Archdiocese of Chicago agreed to pay $1.68 million to $2.1 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged former priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused a former fifth grade student at Our Lady of the Westside School, the plaintiff’s attorney announced Wednesday.

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JournalOnline

Details Of DP Priest’s Abuse


January 24, 2014 | By TOM ROBB Journal & Topics Reporter

A Minnesota law firm negotiated Tuesday’s release of documents relating to clergy sex abuse and misconduct of 30 priests assigned to parishes in the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese. One of those priests served churches in Des Plaines and Arlington Hts.

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Chicago Tribune

Activists draw attention to accusations involving 3 deceased priests


January 26, 2014 | By Manya Brachear Pashman Tribune reporter

Three deceased Archdiocese of Chicago priests accused of sexually abusing minors were the focus of anti-abuse activists’ scrutiny Sunday that also drew attention to protocols church officials used to withhold their identities until last week.

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Archdiocese of Chicago Priest Abuse File Release Press Conference

January 23, 2014



NBC Chicago

Chicago archdiocese releases documents detailing sexual abuse by priests

January 21, 2014

Sixty-two-year-old Joseph Iacono struggled to hold back tears and maintain his composure.

Fifty years after he was sexually abused by a priest, he welcomed the release of Archdiocese of Chicago documents Tuesday that revealed the archdiocese concealed allegations of sexual abuse by serial abusers, moved priests with multiple accusations against them, and typically did not immediately notify authorities of the abuse — putting more children at risk.

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Note: The Huffington Post has a document purported to be the raw data from the Voices of the Faithful study (.xls). It's said to include the names of priests and information on where and when they were employed by the Archdiocese.



Sun Times

Cardinal George’s letter says files on sex abuse by priests to be released


January 7, 2014 | By ART GOLAB | Sun-Times

Details of sexual abuse by priests, along with information about church officials who may have covered up the abuse, will be turned over next week to attorneys suing the Archdiocese of Chicago and will be made public shortly afterward.

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CBS News.com

Archdiocese Hit With Another Sex Abuse Suit Over Ex-Priest McCormack


December 11, 2013 | By CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has been hit with another lawsuit involving convicted ex-priest Daniel McCormack – one of the most notorious alleged child molesters in archdiocese history.

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Jeff Anderson & Associates

Media Advisory: Child Sexual Abuse Survivor to Speak Publicly of Abuse by Fr. Daniel McCormack

December 11, 2013

Click here to read the Media Advisory


McArthur Complaint


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Sun Times

Group: Archdiocese mishandling latest priest sex abuse allegation


December 9, 2013 | By FRANCINE KNOWLES | Sun-Times

A network of survivors of priest sexual abuse is criticizing the Archdiocese of Chicago for its handling of an allegation of sexual misconduct by the pastor of a Lake View church.

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SF Gate

Priest charged with sexual abuse acquitted


September 18, 2013 | By Joseph Hosey| Sun-Times

CHICAGO (AP) — A 79-year-old Roman Catholic priest who was accused of kissing and grabbing a man at Chicago's Midway Airport has been found not guilty of criminal sexual abuse by a Cook County judge.

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Joliet Patch

Joliet Reporter Arrested by FBI, Hit With Child Porn Charge


September 12, 2013 | By Joseph Hosey| Sun-Times

The FBI arrest of veteran community newspaperman John Gabriel Thursday morning included a charge of manufacturing child pornography.

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Sun Times

New lawsuit filed against Archdiocese over ex-priest Daniel McCormack


September 4, 2013 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Sun-Times

A former student at a West Side Catholic school is suing the Archdiocese of Chicago, claiming convicted former priest Daniel McCormack molested him 10 years ago.

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Chicago Tribune

Ex-Wheaton College professor pleads guilty to child porn charge


August 6, 2013 | By Clifford Ward, Special to the Tribune

Are you playing hurt in life?

A former Wheaton College professor pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of aggravated child pornography possession and could be sent to prison. Read more...

KITV

Lawsuit under new Hawaii law claims former priest sexually abused boy during overnight retreat



May 25, 2012 | By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER Associated Press
HONOLULU — Attorneys have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man alleging sexual abuse by a priest at a Honolulu all-boys Catholic school in the 1980s.

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Chicago Tribune

Oak Park Man Launches Program to Fight Child Sexual Abuse


May 29, 2013 | By Matt Baron | Community Contributor

Are you playing hurt in life?

Coming from Duane Hughes, that’s no rhetorical question. In fact, it represents the name and core theme of his new series of workshops and keynotes designed for survivors and advocates of survivors of sexual abuse as children.

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Chicago Tribune

Christian Brothers settle suit with 400 sex abuse victims


May 24, 2013 | By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune Reporter

The Roman Catholic religious order that runs Brother Rice High School in Chicago and St. Laurence High School in Burbank didn't want Brother Edward Chrysostom Courtney in Chicago any longer. So in the early 1970s, the Irish Christian Brothers shipped him to the West Coast and kept the troubling reasons to themselves.

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Jeff Anderson & Associates

New Document Release: Jesuit cover up of McGuire May 21st, 2013

May 21, 2013

McGuire Punitive Damages Motion
McGuire Punitive Damages Exhibits
Chicago Jesuit Officials with Knowledge of Sexual Abuse by McGuire
Father Donald McGuire, S.J.
Map of McGuire locations
Chart of McGuire locations assignments years
Timeline of Donald McGuire

Jeff Anderson & Associates

Press Release: Settlement in excess of $16.5 Million Reached in Irish Christian Brothers Sexual Abuse Bankruptcy

May 23, 2013

(White Plains, NY) The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors for The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc. have approved the terms and conditions of a consensual reorganization plan in the Chapter 11 cases of The Christian Brothers Institute and The Christian Brothers of Ireland, Inc.

Press Release

The Huffington Post

Sexually Abusive Catholic Priest Was Paid To Pray For Families Without Their Knowledge: Report (VIDEO)


May 21, 2013 | By Meredith Bennett-Smith

In May of 2002, the Rev. Donald O'Connor was relieved from his parish after the Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Illinois substantiated allegations of sexual abuse that occurred between 1967 and 1970, according to The Chicago Tribune.

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Sun Times

$19.6 million settlement reached in abuse lawsuit against former priest


May 20, 2013 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Sun-Times

Jesuit officials in Chicago will pay $19.6 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by six men who claim they were molested by a former priest and onetime spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa, an attorney for the plaintiffs said Monday.

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Attorneys to announce record $19.6 Million settlement of lawsuit of six sexual abuse victims of prominent former Jesuit Donald McGuire

May 20, 2013

(Chicago) At a news conference on Tuesday in Chicago prominent clergy abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marc Pearlman will • Announce the settlement of a lawsuit against the Jesuit’s Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus involving sexual abuse of six men sexually abused as youth by former Jesuit Donald McGuire.

Press Release



Chicago Tribune

Five men sue Diocese of Joliet over alleged sexual abuse


May 15, 2013 | By Steve Schmadeke | Tribune Reporter

Five men who allege they were sexually abused by priests in the Diocese of Joliet in the 1970s and 1980s sued the diocese today in Will County circuit court.

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Rockford Register Star

Chicago teen sues former Catholic priest for sex abuse


April 27, 2013 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Sun-Times

Thirty-two men are suing the group that operates three area Catholic schools for allegedly covering up years of sexual abuse by the priests and brothers who staffed the schools in the ’60s and ’70s, and as recently as 1996.

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Fox6 Now

Benedictine monk charged with attempted child abduction

April 28, 2013

By Katie DeLong and Chip Brewster

MILWAUKEE/ANTIOCH (WITI) — A judge has set bail at $50,000 for a Benedictine monk from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee accused of trying to abduct a 14-year-old girl in Antioch, Illinois.

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Sun Times

Men sue over alleged sex abuse


April 27, 2013 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Sun-Times

Thirty-two men are suing the group that operates three area Catholic schools for allegedly covering up years of sexual abuse by the priests and brothers who staffed the schools in the ’60s and ’70s, and as recently as 1996.

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Sun Times

2 men sue Chicago archdiocese, allege priest molested them in ’60s


April 22, 2013 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Sun-Times

Two men are suing the Chicago Archdiocese and a former priest, claiming he molested them during unsupervised overnight trips more than 50 years ago.

The plaintiffs — now both in their mid-60s — say they met then-priest Alexander Sylvester Baranowski when they were students at St. Wenceslaus grammar school in Chicago.

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Palo

Former music teacher at Christian school charged with sexual abuse


April 2, 2013 | By Steve Schmadeke

A former music teacher at a southwest suburban Christian school is charged with sexually abusing two female students he met while working as an instructor there.

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Chicago Tribune

Files detail decades of abuse in Joliet Diocese


March 21, 2013 | By David Heinzmann | Tribune Reporter

The Joliet Diocese readily admitted that David Rudofski was sexually abused during his first confession at St. Mary Catholic Church in Mokena. It offered him an in-person apology from the bishop and more than six times his annual salary in the hope of putting a quick, quiet end to yet another ugly incident involving a priest.

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Daily Herald

Elmhurst church ‘heartbroken’ over sex charges against ex-youth minister


March 19, 2013 | By Josh Stockinger

An Elmhurst congregation is "heartbroken and devastated" following the arrest of a longtime youth minister accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen churchgoer, a pastor said Tuesday.

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CBS News.com

Illinois Eyes Change To Sexual Abuse Litigation


March 11, 2013 | By CBS St. LouisK

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - Victims of long-ago sexual abuse would have an easier time suing their perpetrators, under a bill which has passed an Illinois Senate committee.

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Boston Globe

US cardinal forcefully addresses sex abuse scandal


March 5, 2013 | By Daniel J. Wakin

VATICAN CITY — The next pope must commit himself to ‘‘zero tolerance’’ of the sexual abuse of minors by clergymen, a senior US cardinal said Monday, the first day of deliberations by the princes of the Catholic Church ahead of the papal election.

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Reflections from the Premier of Mea Maxima Culpa


February 11, 2013 | By: Jeff Anderson

Watching survivors sign their stories in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God left me hanging in anticipation on their every word. As I watched the premier of I was at once deeply saddened, moved, angered, and inspired.

Saddened

I am saddened by the depth of the problem, that the Vatican has recognized a pattern of priests abusing children for centuries but chosen to keep its data on the crisis locked away and hidden from public knowledge. And I am saddened by each and every abusive contact between a priest and a child. No child should have to live with the grief, anger, guilt, and confusion that is caused by such abuse and honor the deep sorrow every day.

Moved

Through this film I am moved by the courageous survivors featured and those unnamed but remembered. Their courage to speak up for the wrongs done to them and speak out against their perpetrators and those who let it happen is profound and moves me and us to action every single day.

Angered

I am angered as I watch the film and think of the hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse with whom we have worked, each with unique stories of betrayal, secrecy, and often, silence. The events in the film are upsetting reminders that priests who abuse children are so often left unpunished for their actions, some even moved and promoted to new positions, while children continue to be put at risk.

Inspired

Finally, this film left me overwhelmingly inspired and reminded that there is still work to be done to stop sexual abuse. I walk away from it centered and energized, ready for the next challenge, a call to action with renewed strength.



BND.com

'A dozen abused kids too late': Pope removes Kownacki from priesthood


February 01, 2013 | By GEORGE PAWLACZYK

BELLEVILLE — Raymond Kownacki, whose history of years of sexually abusing children was brought out in testimony during a 2008 civil trial that ended with a $5 million judgment against the Diocese of Belleville, has been booted from the priesthood by Pope Benedict XVI.

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The Telegraph

Child abuse education law approved by Senate


February 07, 2013 | By Vince Gonzales

The stories are shocking -- men who call themselves holy messengers victimizing the innocent and defenseless. Each day, new details emerge from those now-public L.A. Archdiocese personnel files. And now, there is an L.A. Unified School District connection.

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Press Release: Boy Scout perversion files ordered released by Ramsey County Judge

January 30, 2013

(St. Paul) In a civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and convicted sex offender and former Scoutmaster, Peter Stibal, Ramsey County District Judge Elena L. Ostby has ordered the release of previously secret records relating to sexual abuse within the BSA from the years 1999 to 2008.

Press Release

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USA Today

Advocate pitches 'Erin's Law' on sex-abuse education


January 28, 2013 | By Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

JACKSON, Miss. — A woman who was sexually abused as a child is on a 50-state mission to urge lawmakers to make education about child sex abuse part of schools' curriculum.

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Erin’s Law Signed by Michigan Governor, Awaits Signature from Illinois’ Gov. Quinn


January 10, 2013 | By: Jeff Anderson

Both Illinois and Michigan have enacted Erin’s Law with strong bipartisan support in both state’s legislatures. Illinois was the first state to enact the law, which passed in 2011, and a new version of the statute passed in the legislature this week and now awaits Governor Pat Quinn’s signature. Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder signed the law just yesterday.

Erin’s Law mandates sexual abuse awareness and education in primary schools and high schools, and seeks to teach children about protecting themselves from sexual abuse.

The law is named after Erin Merryn, a young woman who was sexually abused as a child by two different men. Erin describes the fear she experienced and how her lack of education surrounding the issue caused her not to tell anyone. In an effort to educate and empower children, Erin now advocates to have her law passed in all 50 states.

It is our hope that many more states will follow the examples set by Illinois and Michigan and pass Erin’s law.



The Telegraph

Child abuse education law approved by Senate


January 07, 2013 | By Telegraph staff report

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to legislation requiring local schools to conduct child abuse awareness education for both teachers and students.

The measure, known as Erin's Law, was cosponsored by state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon.

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Former Baptist church pastor asks court for lenient sentence


January 03, 2013 | By Jim Masters Times Correspondent

HAMMOND | Former First Baptist Church of Hammond pastor Jack Schaap cited a litany of mitigating factors in a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond in advance of his Jan. 15 sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.

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WPSD Local 6

Child sex abuse complaints rising in southern Illinois


December 27, 2012 | By Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services says that 24 downstate counties in Illinois have child sex abuse rates that are more than double the state average. That includes several counties in the Local 6 area.

The average sex abuse rate in Illinois from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 was seven victims per 10,000 children. The counties with more than twice that rate include Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac and Saline.

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Los Angeles Times

Shine a light on church sexual abuse


December 26, 2012 | Los Angeles Times

When hundreds of victims of sexual abuse agreed in 2007 to settle their claims against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for $660 million, they did so with the understanding that confidential church files that contained the full story of what officials knew, and when they knew it, would become public.

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Chicago Tribune

Sex abuse education bill nears passage in Springfield


December 24, 2012 | By Michael Holtz | Tribune Reporter

In October, Glamour Magazine chose her as one of its 10 Women of the Year. She finished her third book — all it needs now is a title — and most recently got engaged when her boyfriend proposed on Black Friday.

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Yahoo News

2012 a year of unparalleled justice for child sex abuse victims


December 24, 2012 | By Barbara Goldberg | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Experts say 2012 was a year of unparalleled justice for child sex abuse victims, but whether the string of high-profile convictions will translate into a turning point for juvenile safety remains to be seen.

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The Columus Dispatch

Charity’s CEO quits amid local child sex-abuse suit


December 22, 2012 | By Rita Price | The Columbus Dispatch

The top official at the Loyal Order of Moose and Moose International retired on Thursday, one week after he was accused of molesting a boy in Franklin County more than 30 years ago.

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Moose International Executive, William Airey, Named in New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

December 18, 2012 | By: Jeff Anderson

William AireyA lawsuit filed last week sued William Airey and accused the CEO of Moose International of grooming and sexually abusing Jason Peck when he was 12 years old. News about allegations of abuse by Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky inspired Peck to come forward and disclose his own abuse by Airey, which took place more than 30 years ago.

Moose International is a fraternity organization, describing itself on its website as “an international organization of men and women, dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life.”

Jason Peck met William Airey through Airey’s role in the organization. Airey befriended and abused Peck at Moose-related events and functions in Ohio and New Orleans.

What’s troubling is that Airey has been working around children for decades, from before Peck’s abuse up until the present day, where Airey currently works at Moose International headquarters. The headquarters is inside a children and youth campus located just west of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois known as Mooseheart Child City & School. The community has been in existence since 1913 and houses, educates, and provides for more than 12,000 youth and children on its grounds.

Sadly, what we know about child sexual abusers leads us to believe that Jason Peck is likely not the only sexual abuse victim in the Moose community. According to a 1989 study of offenders, perpetrators seek out children who are vulnerable, lonely, quiet, and troubled. Another study from 2010 (both studies are cited here) notes that family structure is the most important risk factor in child sexual abuse. In fact, children who live without either parent, such as in foster care or in a residential community such as Mooseheart, are 10 times more likely than children who live with their biological parents to be sexually abused.

The children living at Mooseheart Child City & School and all children like Jason Peck who were once involved, or who continue to be involved, in Moose International organizations and events need to know that sexual touching, molestation or abuse is never appropriate. Marc Pearlman, who works with us in Chicago, is part of the legal team representing Jason Peck. If you were sexually abused by a member or volunteer of the Moose organizations, we will listen and believe your story. More importantly, we can help expose the offender and seek the truth while giving you the tools to recover your power.

Call us at 312-525-5771 or 888-567-5557 for a free consultation.



Sun Times

Sex abuse suit against Moose CEO


December 13, 2012 | By Jenette Sturges | Sun-Times

A South Carolina-based doctor claims he was sexually abused as a child in a lawsuit against the head of Moose International.

In a civil suit filed Thursday, Jason Peck, now a 44-year-old physician in Fort Hill, S.C., alleges he was abused by William B. Airey, director general and CEO of the Loyal Order of the Moose and Moose International, which is headquartered on the Mooseheart campus on Route 31 north of North Aurora.

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WLS 890 AM

Sex abuse prevention bill passes Illinois House

December 05, 2012

(CHICAGO) A new initiative to teach sex abuse prevention in the public schools is making its way through the General Assembly.

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Illinois Man Files Suit Against Boy Scouts After Release of Perversion Files

December 05, 2012

Thomas Hacker admitted to the abuse of over 100 boys before his arrest in 1988. As a Boy Scout leader in Oak Lawn, Burbank, and Mount Prospect, he sought out vulnerable boys, brought them on camping trips, and cornered them in their own tents; sexually abusing them, sometimes when their own parents were feet away.

For one victim, memories of abuse by his Boy Scout leader were hidden away, attempted to be forgotten by Hacker's then 10-year-old victim. But last month, when the Boy Scouts' ineligible volunteer files, specifically deemed "perversion files," we're released, hundreds of men who the Boy Scouts had reason to know we're dangerous were exposed. Interested, Hacker's unknown victim found Thomas Hacker in the perversion files and the memories came back.

This victim, known as John Doe, filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts this week. The lawsuit alleges that the Boy Scouts held reports, accusations, and even a felony conviction against Hacker in his perversion file, which was not released to the scouts, their parents, or the public. What's worse, despite this information and a subsequent arrest, the Boy Scouts promoted Hacker to a committee chairman and Scoutmaster in the Chicago Area Council.

This case is sadly repeated again and again in the over 14,000 pages of perversion files released last month. However, there may be ways for victims of Scout leaders and volunteers exposed in the perversion files to seek justice through civil lawsuits. If you are a victim of childhood sexual abuse by a Boy Scout leader or volunteer, you can call us with questions or to find support at 312-515-5771 or toll fee at 888-567-5557.



Reuters

New child sex-abuse suit cites just-released Boy Scout documents

December 04, 2012

(Reuters) - A former Boy Scout who says he was sexually assaulted when he was 10 by his now-imprisoned former troop leader sued the Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, citing recently released files the group secretly maintained on suspected molesters in its ranks.

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Court Order Prompts Release of Boy Scout Perversion Files

November 29, 2012

Last month, an Oregon Court order called for the release of 1200 “ineligible volunteer files,” or more specifically, “perversion files,” maintained by the Boy Scouts of America. These files contain documents, reports, and letters regarding sexual abuse or suspected molestations of Boy Scouts by Scout leaders between 1965 and 1985.

A number of the files pertain to Boy Scout leaders in Chicago and greater Illinois; men who were suspected or accused of sexual abuse, yet often times never reported to law enforcement. The Los Angeles Times created a database of the accused Scout leaders in which you can search by location. While it is not yet complete, there are already over 30 troops represented as at some point having a leader who has been suspected of sexual abuse and has a perversion file. Chicago Boy Scout leaders with perversion files include John Zak, Joseph Wishnie, Steve Stephenson, Joel Sheffel, Gwenn Hale, David Buzzek, and Bradley Bogart. For others and the developing list of affected troops, see the Los Angeles Times database.

If you have questions about one of the ineligible volunteers or the perversion files, feel free to contact Jeff Anderson & Associates at 312-515-5771 or Kerns, Frost, & Pearlman at 312-261-4565.

Chicago Tribune News: Boy Scout files detail local sex abuse




Statute of Limitations News: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss in John Doe v. Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

November 28, 2012

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a sexual abuse case, filed in April 2011, brought by John Doe against Fr. Philip DeRea and the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic religious order based out of Aurora, Illinois. The denial of the Society’s motion allows the case to go forward in Federal Court over the defendants' objections that Doe's claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

John Doe’s case alleges that the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart was negligent in failing to supervise Father Philip DeRea and failing to stop DeRea from abusing the Plaintiff. Fr. DeRea befriended John Doe when he was John Doe’s parish priest and while John Doe was serving as an altar boy. John Doe was only 11 years old when Fr. DeRea began sexually molesting him. However, it wasn’t until the spring of 2006 that John Doe began to recall the events and realize that what Fr. DeRea did to him was sexual abuse.

The Society and Fr. DeRea both moved to dismiss the case. Judge Edmond E. Chang of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois concluded that the Illinois statute of limitations for claims of childhood sexual abuse did not bar Doe's claims, and the case should now move forward

See the Order here




Chicago Tribune

Ex-gymnastics coach pleads guilty to battery, denies sexual assault


November 21, 2012 | By Clifford Ward | Special to the Tribune

Former gymnastics coach Michael Cardamone has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and perjury, ending a case that has been in the DuPage County court system for a decade.

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Honolulu News Now

Damien Memorial School, Catholic Church sued by former students


November 8, 2012| By Tim Sakahara |

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -Two former students are suing Damien Memorial School and the Catholic Church of Hawaii. They claim the school covered up tortuous sex abuse by a longtime teacher three decades ago.

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http://www.komonews.com/

O'Dea High School principal resigns amid sex abuse allegations


October 31, 2012| By KOMO Staff |

Officials from the Archdiocese of Seattle announced that Brother Karl Walczak had resigned his post as principal of O'Dea High School after accusations of sexual abuse came to light.

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Naperville

Priest on leave while church investigates 'credible' abuse allegation


August 30, 2012 | By Melissa Jenco | Tribune reporter

A former parish priest at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Naperville has been placed on leave following an accusation that he sexually abused a minor more than two decades ago, according to the Diocese of Joliet.

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Sun Times

Two men claim now-defrocked priest abused them


August 14, 2012 | By LEEANN SHELTON | Staff Reporter

The lawsuits were filed in Cook County Circuit Court against the Archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George, and list the plaintiffs only as John Doe.

Both men, now in their early 20s, claim they first met McCormack at St. Agatha Catholic Church where he was a pastor and coach starting in September 2000, according to the suits.

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Sun Times

5 more men file sex abuse claims against order from Chicago-area high schools


July 30, 2012 | By Mike Nolan | Sun-Times Media

Five more men have filed claims in bankruptcy court alleging they were sexually abused as boys while attending Catholic schools operated by the Irish Christian Brothers, according to a Chicago law firm that’s representing the men.

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JD Supra

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Requiring College and University Employees to Report Suspected Child Abuse



June 28, 2012 | By Franczek Radelet P.C. | JD Supra

This morning, Governor Quinn signed into law HB3887 requiring all Illinois college and university employees to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Effective immediately, Public Act 97-0711 amends the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (ANCRA) to expressly make all “personnel of institutions of higher education” mandated reporters, requiring such individuals to report to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) if they have reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.

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The BOston Herald

Prosecutors in Chicago drop case against former priest in sexual-assault case



May 1, 2012 | Gary Marx and David Jackson | Chicago Tribune

Prosecutors said Monday that they are ending their decade-long effort to extradite a former Roman Catholic priest who fled to India shortly before he was charged with 20 counts of criminal sexual assault and abuse of a 16-year-old Chicago girl.

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Detroit Free Press

Catholic priest arrested, charged with sexually assaulting boy

A Catholic priest and teacher who worked for decades in Detroit was arrested today in Chicago on charges of sexual assaulting a boy ten years ago, police said.

November 21, 2011 | By Niraj Warikoo | Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Richard James Kurtz, a Jesuit priest, worked as a chemistry teacher at the University of Detroit High School in Detroit at the time of the assault, which allegedly took place in Douglas County in Colorado. It’s unclear why the priest was in Colorado.

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Chicago Tribune

Settlement of sex abuse case requires release of archdiocese files

Investigations of accused priests could become public

August 30, 2011 | By Becky Schlikerman | Tribune reporter

For more than a quarter of a century, Angel Santiago has suffered from a recurring nightmare. "Father [Joseph] Fitzharris chasing me in my dreams," the 44-year-old Bensenville man said.

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Chicago Tribune

Another lawsuit accuses former priest of sex abuse

Another person who says he was a victim of Daniel McCormack filed a lawsuit against the former St. Agatha Catholic Church priest today in Cook County Circuit Court accusing him of sexual abuse.

August 25, 2011 | By Erin Meyer | Tribune reporter

After McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, numerous other alleged victims came forward with similar stories of abuse.

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Seattle Times

New lawsuit: Chicago teen was abused by Father McCormack after Archdiocese was aware of police investigation

Further, abuse continued after Archdiocese refused to follow its own review board’s recommendation to remove McCormack from ministry in October 2005

August 25, 2011 | By Jeff Anderson & Associates | Press Release

A lawsuit filed by a Chicago teen who was sexually abused as a child by Daniel McCormack at St. Agatha parish beginning in 2004 and continuing until January 2006 when McCormack was arrested, claims that the Archdiocese of Chicago knew as early as 1992 and no later than 2000 that McCormack was sexually deviant and had previously sexually abused numerous other children.

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Complaint - John Doe 184 V. Cardinal Fancis George



Chicago Tribune

Latest McCormack suit targets the Vatican

Attorney intends to hold church hierarchy accountable for sex abuse

May 11, 2011 | By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune reporter

Emboldened by a recent court ruling that ordered the Vatican to open its records about a priest accused of child sex abuse, a Minneapolis attorney has sued the Vatican on behalf of a mother whose son was molested by former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack.

Announcing the suit at a news conference in Chicago on Wednesday, attorney Jeff Anderson said he had sufficient evidence to hold Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor Pope John Paul II accountable for enabling McCormack's long pattern of child sex abuse.

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Seattle Times

Christian Brothers order puts assets at $74M in bankruptcy papers

The business arm of the North American branch of the Christian Brothers Roman Catholic order has listed assets of about $74 million in bankruptcy-court documents filed last week.

Apr 28, 2011 | By Janet I. Tu | Seattle Times staff reporter

The Christian Brothers Institute, based in New Rochelle, N.Y., filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on Thursday, citing numerous sexual-abuse lawsuits. It listed its estimated number of creditors as between 50 and 99.

In the U.S., most of those lawsuits come from the Seattle area, stemming from abuses decades ago at the now-closed Briscoe Memorial School near Kent and by a teacher formerly at O'Dea High School in Seattle. Both schools were run by the Christian Brothers.

The bankruptcy is not expected to affect O'Dea High, which is owned by the Seattle Archdiocese.

In court documents, CBI said it needed time to liquidate its assets, much of which are in real estate.

Also on Thursday, the Chicago-based Christian Brothers of Ireland, which is part of the same order, filed for bankruptcy. It listed assets of about $1.5 million.

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NBC Chicago

60 Percent of Chicago's Parishes Had Pedophile Priests: Study

Oct 12, 2010

Nearly 60 percent of Chicago's Roman Catholic parishes have had a priest publicly accused of sexually abusing a child, according to a report released by three advocacy groups.

The report, released Monday by Voice of the Faithful, African American Advocates for Victims of Clergy and Sexual Abuse, and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), revealed that that 97 priests have been publicly accused of sexual abuse in Chicago from 1917 to 2009.

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Note: The Huffington Post has a document purported to be the raw data from the Voices of the Faithful study (.xls). It's said to include the names of priests and information on where and when they were employed by the Archdiocese.



Chicago Tribune

Jesuits open to punitive damages in civil abuse case

June 22, 2011 | By Manya A. Brachear | Tribune reporter

A Cook County judge ruled today that a plaintiff could seek punitive damages against the Chicago Jesuits in a civil lawsuit regarding alleged childhood sex abuse by convicted sex offender and former Jesuit priest Donald McGuire.

Judge Jeffrey Lawrence concluded that the plaintiff "demonstrated a reasonable likelihood of proving facts at trial which would support an award of punitive damages."

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Associated Press

Lawsuit Claims Vatican Covered up Child Sex Abuse

May 11, 2011 | By Tammy Webber | Associated Press

The Vatican was named Wednesday in a lawsuit that claims the Holy See ultimately was responsible for covering up child sexual abuse by a now-imprisoned Chicago priest when church officials overlooked complaints about abuse and kept him in a position to continue molesting children.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago on behalf of a woman whose son was molested by Father Daniel McCormack, is an attempt to "hold those most responsible for the global problem and the problem in this community to account in a way they have never been," said St. Paul, Minn.-based attorney Jeff Anderson.

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