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April 29, 2002 | Shari Roan
CLOSE TO HOME Produced by Vanessa Roth and Alexandra Dickson Discovery Health Channel Today, 5 to 7 p.m.; repeats from 8 to 10 p.m. * Overview: "Close to Home" premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, but the current child-sexual-abuse scandal embroiling the Catholic Church should heighten interest in this sobering documentary.
March 24, 1992 | GLORIA ALLRED, Gloria Allred, an attorney in Los Angeles, has represented victims of child-sexual abuse
Time and secrecy are both on the side of the sexual molester of children, and nowhere is this more true than in California. The state's current statute of limitations requires victims of child sexual abuse to bring criminal charges against their abusers within one to six years of the the abuse, depending upon the crime committed. After this time, the child molester can't be criminally prosecuted, no matter how cruel or severe or damaging the attacks.
June 18, 1993 | From Associated Press
The Roman Catholic Church should create a national task force on clergy sex abuse of children and avoid reassigning abusive priests to ministries with minors, a church-sponsored panel said Thursday. "We are concerned that the hierarchy's authority and credibility in the United States is eroding because of a perceived inability to deal more effectively with the problem of child sexual abuse. This difficulty is a source of scandal for the faithful," the committee said.
January 6, 1985
The City Council last week delayed appropriating $22,000 for the second phase of the city's child sexual abuse prevention program until questions about the program's operation are resolved. Councilman Gil Archuletta said he was concerned about how program funds were being spent and asked for the coordinator, Etty Garber, to submit a detailed report at the council's Feb. 5 meeting. The council, however, allocated $5,000 to continue the program until that review.
February 8, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
Attempting to steer tougher laws against child molestation through the state Legislature, a fledgling organization called Kids Safe will hold its first legislative conference about child sexual abuse issues today at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Announcing the conference Wednesday were about a dozen Granada Hills residents and children's advocates, including Nathan Winters, now 20, who was molested at age 12 by Victor Salva.
July 24, 2003 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
The number of sexual abuse victims in the Boston Archdiocese over the last six decades "likely exceeds 1,000" and involves more than 250 clergy and other church workers, the attorney general of Massachusetts concluded in a scathing report issued Wednesday. Unveiling a 76-page document based on church records, state Atty. Gen. Tom Reilly described a "massive, inexcusable failure of leadership in the Archdiocese of Boston," where the worldwide clerical abuse scandal began in January 2002.
February 12, 2005 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
A longtime Los Angeles County judge fatally shot himself at a Valencia park Thursday after detectives contacted him about an allegation that he had molested a child, authorities said. Lloyd Jeffrey Wiatt, a 61-year-old former prosecutor who presided over several high-profile trials, was the subject of a preliminary investigation, said Lt. Dan Rosenberg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
August 26, 1985 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
Most Americans believe that children can reliably describe sexual abuse that occurred years before, and those who are aware of the McMartin Pre-School molestation case believe that at least some of the child witnesses are telling the truth, a nationwide Los Angeles Times poll has found.
August 25, 1985 | LOIS TIMNICK, Times Staff Writer
At least 22% of Americans have been victims of child sexual abuse, although one-third of them told no one at the time and lived with their secret well into adulthood, a Los Angeles Times Poll has found. In what is believed to be the first nationwide study of the extent of child molestation, 2,627 adults, chosen randomly, talked about their views of the problem and their own childhood experiences, and in the process they shattered some myths about victims, perpetrators and public attitudes.
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