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Sexual abuse thrives in secrecy and silence. While many survivors want to maintain privacy during this process there are others who find speaking out helps in the healing process. When our brave clients speak out and reveal what happened to them and inform the general public, kids are protected.

The media is particularly crucial to the advancement of our cause to protect children. Through press conferences, media statements, and television interviews, we can shine a light on the evil deeds that are done in the dark. Members of the media often contact our attorneys to offer comment on various issues surrounding sexual abuse, rape, and sexual exploitation.

WSKG | NPR | PBS / 5.10.19

Pope Francis issued new church regulations this week that will change the way that the Catholic Church handles sexual abuse claims internally. Read more…

Fox Salt Lake City / 5.6.19

A federal judge indicated he will order The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to disclose to him the identity of a potential second accuser in a lawsuit alleging a rape at the Missionary Training Center. Read more…

The Hoya / 3.15.19

​’A Lion in the Zoo’: Former GU Grad Student Ferretti Abused Dozens over Decades. Read more…

CBS News / 3.5.19

A new documentary about two men who say Michael Jackson molested them for years is shedding light on why child sex abuse survivors may not come forward. Read more…

Democrat & Chronicle / 2.28.19

After decades of anguish and argument over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, a final reckoning may be coming for New York parishioners.. Read more…

Pacific Daily News / 11.7.18

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes announced on Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Agana will file for bankruptcy to help settle nearly 200 clergy sex abuse claims by former altar boys. Read more…

Fox Salt Lake City / 9.24.18

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has settled a series of lawsuits filed by a group of people alleging they were sexually abused within a church-run program for Native American children. Read more…

NBC News / 6.1.18

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, making it the second-largest U.S. payout in the scandal that rocked the nation’s Roman Catholic Church. Read more…

Associated Press / 4.27.18

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings reached a $20-million agreement to settle claims by 86 people who said they were sexually abused as children by clergy employed by the Montana diocese dating back to the 1950s… Read more…

Huffington Post / 4.5.18

A woman who accused a former Mormon leader of rape filed a civil lawsuit against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, claiming the church did not properly respond when she reported the abuse decades ago. Read more…

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.16.16

Nearly seven months after the drowning of 16-year-old Reggie Nault on Lake Coeur d’Alene, no charges have been filed related to the death and the Boundary County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the case. Read more…

Coeur d’Alene Press / 2.12.16

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a child was sexually abused by his father, while leaders of a Mennonite church in Bonners Ferry failed to protect the boy. Read more…

The Spokesman-Review / 2.12.16

A lawsuit filed Wednesday claims a child was sexually abused by his father, while leaders of a Mennonite church in Bonners Ferry failed to protect the boy.The lawsuit was filed late Wednesday by attorneys with the Coeur d’Alene firm of James, Vernon and Weeks. It states Clayton Peaster was 11 when the alleged molestation occurred. Read more…

KXLY / 2.11.16

Clayton Peaster is suing the local and national church of the Holdeman Mennonites. The Holdeman Mennonites have a policy to bring wrongdoings forward to church leaders before authorities, and these church leaders are not trained in dealing with sexual abuse victims or children. Clayton hopes that in going after the church at a national level he can change this policy for the better. Read more…

The Independent Record / 1.18.16

Some say preventing future sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy may depend on ending the requirement for celibacy and allowing women into the priesthood. But if that’s not likely to happen any time soon, then strict screening and psychological testing of those seeking ordination might be the best way to prevent future crimes by clergy against children. Read more…

The Independent Record / 1.17.16

Helena Bishop George Leo Thomas held prayer services in seven Montana communities last year in the wake of a nearly $21 million settlement to resolve claims by about 380 people who accused the Diocese of Helena of sexual abuse. Read more…

Catholic Order Reaches $166 Million Settlement With Sexual Abuse Victims

A Roman Catholic religious order in the Northwest has agreed to pay $166 million to more than 500 victims of sexual abuse, many of whom are American Indians and Alaska Natives who were abused decades ago at Indian boarding schools and in remote villages, lawyers for the plaintiffs said Friday. Read more …