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An abuse of trust

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 11:30 AM PDT

WAYNESVILLE (NC) The Mountaineer By Kyle Perrotti April 18, 2018 White hid behind his charm Howard White is now seen by some as a wolf in sheep's clothing, the devil in a white robe. But between 1984 and 2006, many in Haywood County only saw the former Episcopal priest as the beloved rector of Waynesville's Grace Church in the Mountains. Since then, much has changed for White, 76, who has been convicted of child sexual abuse in New England, and now faces abuse charges in Haywood County dating back to 1985. White, who preferred the affectionate, disarming nickname "Howdy," has been indicted by a Haywood County Grand Jury on charges that he abused one boy and one girl during his time in Haywood. He is facing one count of first-degree forcible rape, one count of second-degree forcible rape, one count of first-degree forcible sex offense, four counts of second-degree forcible sex offense, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Before White can be arraigned in North Carolina, he must be moved from Boston, where he is serving an 18-month sentence in a county correctional facility after pleading guilty to five counts of assault and battery.

Officials: Child abuse allegations swamping state investigators

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 07:30 AM PDT

PENNSYLVANIA Sharon Herald By JOHN FINNERTY CNHI State Reporter Apr 20, 2018 HARRISBURG — Advocates and county officials await a promised action plan from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for fixing the state's struggling child protection system. Susan Woods, a spokesperson for the auditor general, said those recommendations are expected in mid-May. The system is challenged by the state's push to make sure abuse doesn't get ignored in the wake of the molestation scandal that put former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in prison. That push has left county caseworkers swamped with tips, said Brian Bornman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators. While the number of cases of suspected child abuse has spiked in the wake of law changes intended to help better protect kids, the number of cases of actual abuse verified by investigators hasn't increased nearly as much, Bornman said.

Elkhart child abuse cases decline while state rates rise

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 07:28 AM PDT

INDIANA WNDU By Travis Robinson Apr 20, 2018 Children at Elkhart's Beardsley Elementary left an assembly today with an important message...That people care about them. "The percentage of children entering the system in Elkhart County is lower than it is throughout the rest of the state and throughout much of the country," Elkhart County Juvenile court Magistrate Deborah Domine told a crowded gym of students. Impressive statements were met with blank stares from the audience. To be fair, that information was probably a little more suited for adults. "Do you think they really got the point?" Our reporter asked. "Probably not." Domine answered.

How prevalent is child abuse in Arizona?

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 07:25 AM PDT

ARIZONA 12 News Author: Takira Jackson April 19, 2018 Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse, and we are responsible for protecting them. You may be a child's only advocate at the time you report. Many Arizona residents are not aware of just how prevalent child abuse and neglect are within our state. According to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona and the Arizona Child Fatality Review (CFR) Program: * More than 24,000 calls received by the Arizona Child Abuse Hotline between April and September 2016 met the statutory criteria to prompt a DCS report. * Approximately 18,000 children were being cared for by the foster care system between April to September 2016 due to some child abuse and neglect. * In 2015, 87 children died as a result of abuse or neglect, accounting for more than 10 percent of all child fatalities in the state of Arizona. * In cases of child death due to maltreatment, the perpetrator was the child's mother or father 79 percent of the time. * Alcohol, drug, or substance use contributed to more than 60 percent of child maltreatment fatalities in 2015. Arizona child abuse laws criminalize physical, emotional, or sexual abuse of minors and also require certain third parties with knowledge of the abuse to report it to the authorities.

Alaska Man's Revelation Shine A Light On Sex Abuse In The State

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 07:19 AM PDT

ALASKA NPR [audio] April 21, 20187: Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday Alaska has a sexual assault rate 3 times the national average and a child sex assault rate 6 times. NPR's Scott Simon discusses that with Alexander Hirsch of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Lawyers descend on Buffalo for clergy sex abuse cases

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 06:26 AM PDT

NEW YORK Buffalo News By Phil Fairbanks April 21, 2018 In the Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight," Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian talks openly about the priest who abused his clients and the power of the Catholic Church to keep the scandal a secret. "I'm not crazy. I'm not paranoid. I'm experienced," Garabedian, played by actor Stanley Tucci, says of the church. "You'll see. They control everything. Everything." That scene was from 17 years ago, but Garabedian's anger with the Catholic Church is still front and center, an important part of his message as he brings his high profile to Buffalo in search of sexual abuse clients here. Garabedian is one part, a big part, of the out-of-town legal presence that arrived here when the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced a compensation fund for victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Leaked church minutes over defrocked priest linked to succession game, says bishop

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 05:27 AM PDT

CYPRUS Cyprus Mail APRIL 21ST, 2018 EVIE ANDREOU The minutes of a 2015 meeting of the Holy Synod on whether a priest who had served a prison sentence for the sexual assault of a girl he had fostered should be defrocked were leaked because of power games within the church over who the next archbishop will be, said one of the bishops at the centre of the row. Elena Frantzi, 34, was found dead in her home last month after her foster father – Father Stylianos, a priest in Ergates village in the Nicosia district – had been reinstated as a priest after serving 18 months for sexually harassing her. Bishop Nikiforos of Kykkos and Tylliria, Nikiforos said that the way the leaked minutes had been reported by the media made him look like he was defending Sylianos when that was not the case. At the meeting of the Holy Synod on Wednesday where the decision to defrock Stylianos was taken in the wake of the uproar surrounding Frantzi's death, Nikiforos gave the rest of the bishops a letter complaining about the leakage and calling for a probe into who was behind it.

In wake of abuse scandal, bishops of Chile talk resignation

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 04:13 AM PDT

VATICAN CITY Crux Inés San Martín VATICAN CORRESPONDENT Apr 21, 2018 ROME - As the date for their upcoming meeting with Pope Francis approaches, several of the 32 Chilean bishops who will be in Rome to meet the pontiff May 14-17 are speaking up, some ready to resign, and others ready to demand the resignation of a bishop accused of covering up clerical sexual abuse. Bishop Juan Barros, accused by three victims of a Chilean pedophile priest of having covered up for his mentor, Father Fernando Karadima, should "without a doubt," take "a step to the side," according to Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago. "I'm not a judge" to say if Barros in fact covered up or not, Ezzati said during a press conference on Thursday, but "the good of the people of God asks for his availability," just as he himself "should be available to it" if the people of God were to ask the cardinal for his resignation. Ezzati is 76 years old, so he technically presented his resignation to Francis last year, as is mandatory for bishops to do when they turn 75. However, it's up to the pope to decide if he accepts the resignation, and so far, no announcement has been made.

Her brothers were molested by a priest as kids. Now she’s trying to reconcile with the Catholic Church

Posted: 21 Apr 2018 04:08 AM PDT

CALIFORNIA Press-Enterprise By DEEPA BHARATH | dbharath@scng.com | Orange County Register April 20, 2018 For Jennifer Wortham, the process of reconciliation with the Roman Catholic Church began with a six-page letter to Pope Francis. Wortham's two younger brothers were molested by their parish priest more than three decades ago. In December 2016, the Rancho Mirage resident and healthcare executive faxed the letter to Francis talking about how his acknowledgement of the church's transgressions touched her deeply. "I recently came to terms with what happened to my family so many years ago, and I have forgiven those in the Church who were involved in perpetuating and covering up these devastating events," Wortham wrote. "If we do not open our hearts and forgive all of those who have transgressed against us, we will never experience the joy of grace."