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January 31, 1988 | Lois Timnick, Timnick, a Times staff writer since 1977, covers social issues and is assigned to the McMartin case
Abuse is a leading cause of death among children in the United States. In the form of molestation, it is seldom fatal and thus often not taken as seriously as the tiny crushed skulls and starved bodies of physical abuse and neglect. But psychological and physical injuries to young victims of sexual abuse are long-lasting, frequently stunting their growth into emotionally sound adults and begetting another generation of molesters.
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.
December 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The Redlands Unified School District will keep a high school teacher on the payroll until June and pay a $505,000 settlement to a student who said in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by the educator. The school board agreed to pay the former Redlands East Valley High School student to settle a lawsuit alleging that teacher Megan Kelly preyed on and sexually abused her, and that the district ignored obvious signs of inappropriate contact. As part of the deal, the district must keep Kelly - who has been on paid leave for 2 1/2 years - on the payroll until June, when she will be required to resign and will be ineligible to reapply to work at the district.
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.
December 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
About 200 children who claim they have been abused by a parent vanish every year into organized undergrounds, to be disguised and sheltered by strangers who risk arrest to keep them safe, two newspapers reported Sunday. Four underground networks have emerged over the last decade: two in the South, one in the Northeast and one in the West, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Blade of Toledo, Ohio. The four operate independently of one another and, except for one, are very secretive.
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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