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WNYC News

Sex Offender Housing Restrictions Could be Counterproductive

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Restrictions on where registered sex offenders live after prison could make it harder for them to safely and successfully reenter society.

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The Takeaway

Jehovah's Witnesses Cover Up Child Sex Abuse

Monday, February 16, 2015

A new investigation finds a pattern of child sexual abuse and cover-up in the Jehovah's Witness religious organization. 

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On The Media

Catholic Whistleblowers

Friday, May 24, 2013

This week a group of Catholic nuns and priests joined forces to form Catholic Whistleblowers; their goal is to hold the church accountable for the ongoing child sex abuse scandal. Most of the founding members have themselves blown the whistle about abuse in the church. Brooke visits one of them, Sister Sally Butler, to talk about the role of truth-telling, transparency and honor among the faithful.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mea Maxima Culpa: Abuse and the Catholic Church

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa,” which exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up of child abuse.

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The Takeaway

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In recent years, the Catholic Church has faced countless accusations of child abuse, cover ups and institutional secrets. The cases number in the thousands. And all of them are horrific. But one of the most shocking took place in Milwaulkee. It involved a priest named Father Murphy and 200 deaf children in his care. Alex Gibney delves into Father Murphy’s history of abuse, and the church’s decision to cover it up, in his new documentary, “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.”

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Schoolbook

Third-Grade Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Student

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A third-grade teacher at a Harlem public school was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl who goes to the school, a law enforcement official said.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DA Hynes and the Ultra-Orthodox Community

Monday, May 14, 2012

Staff writer for the Jewish Daily Forward Paul Berger discusses Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes' treatment of sex abuse charges in the ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

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Schoolbook

F.B.I. Continues Its Investigation in Sex-Abuse Case

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation returned to a Brooklyn elementary school Wednesday to continue an investigation of a teacher’s aide who was arrested on charges of sexually molesting children inside the school, and to search for more victims, law enforcement officials said.
Meanwhile, New York City education officials met with parents at the school, Public School 243 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and sent home a letter alerting parents to the aide’s arrest and providing a hotline number they could call to speak to investigators.

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Schoolbook

Elementary School Aide Is Accused of Sex Abuse

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

UPDATED | A teacher's aide at P.S. 243 in Crown Heights was arrested by the F.B.I. Monday night on charges that he sexually abused and videotaped students at the school, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. The chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, visited the school to meet with staff and teachers, and issued a statement expressing his horror and disgust upon learning of the allegations.

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WNYC News

Scandals Renew NY Push to Allow Sex-Victim Suits

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

With child sex-abuse scandals rocking college sports programs, New York lawmakers plan to revisit lifting time limits on victim lawsuits, an issue pitting the Catholic Church and other institutions against advocates for children.

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The Takeaway

Should Statutes of Limitations Apply to Child Sex Offenses?

Friday, December 09, 2011

Across the United States, statutes of limitations with regard to sex crimes vary from state to state. The cases of former sports coaches Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine highlight how variations in the law can create very different outcomes. On Wednesday, prosecutors said that despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, charges against Fine could not be brought because the statute of limitations has expired. Meanwhile, Sandusky has posted bail after spending a night in jail. 

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The Takeaway

Abuse Victims Accuse Pope of Crimes Against Humanity

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two American advocacy groups representing victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court, asking it to investigate Pope Benedict and three other top Vatican officials for covering up the rape and sexual assault of children by priests. It is unclear whether the ICC has jurisdiction over this case. The ICC investigates war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide committed after July 1, 2002, when it was established. The Vatican, like the United States, have not ratified the Rome Statute that created the court, meaning the ICC has no jurisdiction there.

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The Takeaway

Philadelphia Archbishop Resigns

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Vatican is expected to announce the retirement of the Roman Catholic leader of Philadelphia this morning. Cardinal Justin Rigali is 76, and his retirement has been expected following accusations that his archdiocese covered up a long-running sex abuse scandal. David O'Reilly, regional reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, reports on how Philadelphia Catholics are reacting to Rigali's resignation.

 

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WQXR News

Vatican Posts Sex Abuse Policy on Web

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Vatican made public today its guidelines for bishops and other top clergy who encounter sex abuse in the church: that the clergy report the abuse to the police.

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