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New Orleans archdiocese voluntarily releases clergy abuse info

In August, a grand jury report was released naming more than 300 predator priests in Pennsylvania, that, over the years, had molested at least 1,000 children – and possibly thousands more.

Now, 57 priests and clergymen in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have been publicly named as having been alleged of sexual abuse. Some of these cases go back decades ago, and some of these men have since died. Those who died had admitted to the sexual abuse of a minor.

Doctor abuse concerns at college campuses

It is not uncommon for college students to receive medical services on campus. Recent survey data points to it being pretty typical for college students to go to campus medical facilities around once a year on average. One would hope that all students would be treated with dignity and respect by campus heath care personnel.

Unfortunately, the trust college students and athletes put in medical staff at campuses is sometimes greatly betrayed. As some recent high-profile cases point to, individuals are sometimes subjected to sexual abuse by doctors at colleges and universities.

Sexual abuse and long-term health

Many different impactful issues can come up for victims of sexual abuse. This includes long-term health issues. For example, a recent study suggests that victims of such abuse have a higher likelihood of certain types of health problems.

The study looked at the health of a little over 300 women. These women were all in the 40 to 60 age range and were all non-smokers. Some of them reported having experienced sexual abuse or harassment. The study compared the health of the women who had experienced this trauma with that of those who hadn’t. Examples of areas the study found differences in include:

What survivors of sexual abuse need to know about speaking out

Sexual abuse is something no person should ever have to go through. But it is more common than many people realize.

Last year’s #MeToo Movement shined light on the pervasiveness of the issue, as thousands of sexual abuse survivors spoke out about the abuse they have suffered. Many Hollywood stars shared their #MeToo stories publicly. The hashtag #MeToo has been used 19 million times on Twitter since actress Alyssa Milano tweeted “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write “me too” as a reply to this tweet.

The impacts of statute of limitations laws in sexual abuse cases

There are many laws that can be very impactful when cases of sexual abuse come to light. This includes statute of limitations laws, which generally vary from state to state. Today, we’ll go over the two main types of statutes of limitations and what impacts they can have when it comes to sexual abuse cases.

Why aren't other states investigating clergy abuse?

In August, a 1,356-page grand jury report revealed widespread clergy abuse in Pennsylvania that had been going on for decades. More than 1,000 victims were molested by 300 Catholic priests.

The bombshell report has shined light on the pervasiveness of clergy abuse. It is also putting pressure on the church to stop concealing, and start addressing this monumental issue.

Abuse investigation launched in Michigan regarding the Catholic Church

In recent times, some states have opened up sexual abuse investigations in relation to the Catholic Church. Last week, it was announced that Michigan has launched such an investigation. The announcement was made by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

This statewide inquiry started in August. The Attorney General's Office has said that it will be an “independent, thorough, transparent, and prompt” investigation. It will look into possible incidents of abuse of children by priests, as well as whether cover-ups occurred regarding such abuse. The investigation will cover all seven of the dioceses in the state, as well as allegations regarding religious order priests. The time period the inquiry will cover is 1950 to present day.

Why is statute of limitations important in clergy abuse cases?

Many people who experienced clergy sexual abuse in childhood have suffered their whole lives in silence. Many children do not report the abuse. And there many reasons why many of those victims, now adults, never come forward.

But in the wake of a scandal – namely, the release of a grand jury report detailing how 300+ Pennsylvania clergy abused more than 1,000 children over the course of 70 years – many of these individuals are ready to speak out and hold their abusers accountable. In fact, as of August 21, 2018, more than 400 people had called the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests clergy abuse hotline.

New sexual abuse helpline launched in Michigan

Getting connected with support resources can greatly help sexual assault victims as they endeavor to put their life back together in the wake of the terrible wrong that was done to them. Recently, the state of Michigan took a step aimed at fostering this critical connection.

Specifically, it opened a new helpline last month for individuals statewide who have been the victim of any type of sexual assault. It is Michigan’s first such statewide hotline. Currently, there is just one other state in the country with such a helpline.

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