December 28, 2012
Re “ Scouts employ aggressive tactics in abuse defense ,” Dec. 25 I was an assistant Cub Scout den leader in the early 1990s. I was required to participate in training that was all about protecting the boys from any sort of abuse. As I recall, we were instructed to be sure that boys were never left alone with only one adult; there were always supposed to be at least two. Maryly Cushingham Fullerton The Roman Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts have long fought public exposure of their pedophile scandals, at the expense of future victims' safety.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2011 |
Inside a stuffy Cleveland classroom, Tim Boehnlein explained the mechanics of domestic violence and then posed a question. "So why do women stay?" he asked his class of would-be counselors. Ignorance, low self-esteem, lack of education, they speculated. No one really knew. PHOTOS: Survivors of abuse Except maybe the silent woman in back - the one fidgeting and looking at the floor. "I thought if I said something, it might frighten other people," she explained later.
June 24, 2012
Re "Trial starts for man who beat priest over alleged molestation," June 21 Being a spiritual but not a religious person, I never could swallow the concept of heaven and hell. However, after reading John Lynch's story, I now know that those two little boys experienced their own personal hell by coming face to face with the devil in the form of Father Jerold Lindner, who was accused of molestation by more than a dozen people. As far as I am concerned, the wrong man - Lynch, who allegedly assaulted the elderly Lindner - is on trial.
October 22, 2011 |
Jerry West is going to hate his autobiography. I will repeat that, for any among you who wish to call a timeout for a further review of the previous sentence. Jerry West is going to hate his autobiography. He wrote it, or cowrote it. He must be proud of finishing it. All or most of it is undoubtedly true. Yet a day is going to come, if it hasn't already, when the subject of "West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life" is going to rue having put his entire life on public display this way, wishing that he had instead flipped the whole manuscript onto a grill and set fire to it. Because, you see, apart from his being an unquestionably successful, uncommonly admired human being, Jerry West, that tall and talented straight-shooter of West Virginia, the West Coast and thousands of basketball points in between, is a man traveling with a lot of demons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2010 |
The South Los Angeles foster mother under investigation in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old child had been the subject of five previous child-abuse complaints, including one substantiated allegation that she had severely neglected her own biological child in 2002, confidential records show. Kiana Barker's troubled history, coming in the wake of disclosures about her live-in boyfriend's criminal record, has raised questions about how she could have been approved last year as a foster parent by child-welfare authorities.
February 8, 2010
Dear Amy: The Department of State is both troubled and concerned by the letter in your column from "Worried," regarding the allegation of a host parent abusing an international exchange student. The department appreciates the letter writer bringing this matter to the public's attention and strongly encourages the writer, and anyone else who learns of similar incidents, to report such incidents to law enforcement authorities immediately. As the responsible agency for regulating and monitoring international high school exchange student programs in the U.S., the Department of State's top priority is the safety and well-being of these young people.