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Federal judge: Ex-Yakima priest must pay sex-abuse victim $5M

August 25th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Yakima Herald - Jane Gargas

A federal district court judge has issued a $5 million judgment against a priest who served in the Catholic Diocese of Yakima in the 1970s and ’80s. The civil lawsuit, brought by a man known as C.S. in court documents, alleged that the Rev. Dale Calhoun sexually abused him beginning in 1977 when he was […]

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Sexual Assault of Minors in Rural Areas: The Role of Human Service Departments

June 3rd, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Policy & Practice - Daniel Pollack

They may not make the national news too frequently, but minors in rural areas are sexually assaulted— very often. Federal and state legislatures have enacted laws designed to protect minors from registered sex offenders. Adopted in 1996, Megan’s Law created a nationwide sex offender registry. Every state followed suit. Codified in California Penal Code, §§ […]

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Tamaki Law Files Suit – Student-Perpetrator Caught on Video Assaulting Student on School Bus

May 19th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

The father of an eight-year-old girl who was repeatedly sexually assaulted on a Yakima School bus has filed a lawsuit against the Yakima School District No. 7. The father, identified by his initials E.R., and his minor child, identified by the initials of A.R., are represented by Tamaki Law. A.R., who suffers from Down syndrome, […]

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Former jail inmate sues Franklin County over sexual assault by corrections officer

May 11th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Tri-City Herald - Kristin M. Kraemer

A woman who was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer while locked up in jail claims Franklin County failed to adequately monitor and protect her. The woman has filed a public injury lawsuit against Franklin County stemming from the criminal actions of former employee Justin T. Husom. The county, which oversees the jail, is responsible […]

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Helena Diocese names perpetrators of sexual abuse; many at western Montana parishes

May 5th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Missoulian - David Erickson

Father Joseph Obersinner, an ordained priest with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena who served at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Missoula from 1989 to 1991, is one of more than 80 people employed by the church who allegedly sexually abused children under his care. Due to a statute of limitations, Obersinner was never charged […]

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Diocese of Helena posts names of clergy accused of abuse

April 30th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Associated Press

HELENA, Mont. — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has posted on its website the names of former priests and other employees who were accused of sexually abusing children. The list, posted Wednesday, is one of the conditions of settling lawsuits filed by hundreds of people who said they were abused by priests, nuns, and […]

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When Bishops Lie About Child Sex Abuse

April 21st, 2015Posted By: Vito de la Cruz

Harry Truman’s famous phrase “the buck stops here” is often quoted when talking about taking ultimate responsibility for issues, problems, and their solutions. Often “the buck stops here” is used by presidents, committee chairpersons, directors of divisions or programs. Bishops and archbishops are directors of their dioceses. In many ways, bishops and archbishops are the […]

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Foster child sexually abused on state’s watch wins $1.3M settlement

March 18th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: - Levi Pulkkinen

A former foster child abused in three state-licensed foster homes after Washington child services workers took her from her drug-addicted mother has won a $1.3 million settlement with the state. Suing the state last April, attorneys for the young woman claimed she was sexually assaulted at three foster homes after she was pulled from her […]

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Judge set to approve settlements in Montana church abuse cases

March 4th, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: - Dennis Bragg

HELENA – A federal bankruptcy judge could resolve a pair of multimillion dollar cases this week that would settle legal claims over decades old sex abuse cases involving church-run schools in Montana. The settlement agreements are aimed at resolving the suits filed on behalf of victims against the Catholic Diocese of Helena and the Ursuline Nuns […]

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Religious order of nuns settles sex abuse claims for $4.45M

February 3rd, 2015Posted By: Megan Chang-Ngaruiya

Contributor: Melissa Rafferty MTN News - Missoula

MISSOULA – The Ursuline Sisters have reached a settlement with numerous plaintiffs who were sexually abused by priests and nuns at the Ursuline Academy in St. Ignatius decades ago. Tamaki Law and others entered the settlement on December 31, 2014. A news release sent by the law firm says the $4.45 million settlement is the […]

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