Archdiocese seeks to block depositions — The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has asked a judge to prevent attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim from taking depositions from top church officials. A former teenage altar boy identified as John Doe 1 filed suit last May against the archdiocese, the Diocese of Winona and former priest Thomas Adamson, alleging sexual abuse by Adamson between 1976 and 1977 when he was assigned to St. Thomas Aquinas church in St. Paul Park.
Boy ‘didn’t know what mammy meant’ — The son of an unmarried mother said he became a zombie – introverted and fearing the next beating, lying soaked in urine at night in an attempt to dissuade sexual abusers from “dropping the hand.” He lived at St Joseph’s in Termonbacca, Londonderry, run by the Sisters of Nazareth order of Catholic nuns, in the 1950s after being born in abject poverty and abandoned by his parents.
Church ‘in denial’ over sex abuse — An organisation representing male survivors of sexual abuse including some abused by priests, says the Catholic Church in New Zealand, like other countries, is still in denial. In a scathing report on the Vatican’s policies, the United Nations’ watchdog for children’s rights says Church officials imposed a code of silence on clerics and moved abusers from parish to parish in an attempt to cover up such crimes.
Civil complaint: Redlands’ boy’s life ‘forever altered’ because of Laura Whitehurst’s sexual abuse — Redlands Unified School District officials “turned a blind eye” to a year-long sexual relationship between Laura Whitehurst, a former English teacher at Citrus Valley High School, and a then-16-year-old student that resulted in the birth of a child, attorneys for the young man said Thursday. “Children in California, children in Redlands should not be sexual toys for teachers,” said John Manly, an attorney representing the young man at a news conference outside of Riverside Superior Court. Continue reading