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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.

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…

Bonner County Daily Bee / 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…

The Journal / 11.19.13

The Diocese of New Ulm has been named as a defendant in a second lawsuit that accuses the diocese of failing to protect parishioners from sexual abuse from a priest that it should have known was a sexual predator. The lawsuit was filed in Ramsey County Monday on behalf of a defendant identified as John Doe 107, now an adult residing in Colorado. The suit names the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of New Ulm. Read more…

Star Tribune / 11.19.13

Abuse suit filed against St. Luke clergy treatment center. A lawsuit involving a Minnesota priest claims St. Luke Institute and the archdiocese concealed threat to minors. A treatment center for abusive priests is among the targets of a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a man who said he was victimized by a Minnesota priest who had been treated there. 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 …

Churches protected predator, suit says

Two North Idaho churches are accused of concealing and protecting a known child sexual predator who sexually assaulted boys in both congregations, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Kootenai County District Court. Read more …

Star Tribune / 06.18.13

A man who says he was sexually abused by an Irish priest during his brief stay in Minnesota in 1982 sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of New Ulm on Tuesday, becoming the latest of several plaintiffs to take advantage of a new law easing the state’s statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Read more…

Pioneer Press / 06.18.13

A man who says he was sexually abused by an Irish priest in Minnesota in 1982 is suing the Diocese of New Ulm, taking advantage of a new law easing the state’s statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Attorney Pat Noaker filed the lawsuit in Brown County on behalf of John Doe 103. Read more…

KARE 11 / 06.18.13

Attorney Pat Noaker filed the lawsuit in Brown County on behalf of John Doe 103. It names Francis Markey, who was extradited to Ireland in 2010 to face sexual abuse charges there. He died year before going on trial. Read more…

KSTP / 06.18.13

The lawsuit accuses the Diocese of New Ulm of negligence, alleging church officials knew Markey had been accused of sexually abusing children elsewhere and knew he had undergone treatment for pedophilia at three separate facilities in his native Ireland, England and New Mexico. Read more…

Brainerd Dispatch / 06.18.13
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WJON AM 1240 (St. Cloud) / 06.18.13
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KEYC-TV Mankato (FOX 12) / 06.18.13
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KTTC-TV Rochester, Minn. / 06.18.13
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Post Bulletin – Rochester, Minn. / 06.18.13
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KAAL-TV Austin, Minn. (Front page, listed as “Top Headline”) / 06.18.13
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Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, ND) / 06.18.13
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Minnetonkapatch.com / 06.18.13
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The Journal (New Ulm) / 06.18.13
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The Henderson Independent Print Edition and Facebook page / 06.26.13
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