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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.
September 15, 2008
Re "Child rape revisited?" editorial, Sept. 10 There are some crimes that are worse than murder -- and child sexual abuse is one of those crimes. Retribution and justice are among the primary pillars that support civilization. Our laws and courts and police cannot function without the consent of the governed. When predators attack children, the public demands a blood debt. When it is not paid, our society is weakened and shamed. The victims suffer deep and personal violation that is not balanced even by a lifetime of imprisonment by the predator, and we move a step closer to anarchy because we cannot trust our institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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