sexual abuse

St. Louis on the Air
5:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

New Group Seeks To Help Prostitutes, Victims And Drug Addicts In St. Louis

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Magdalene is a residential program which provides services to women who are involved in prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

The program was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Armed Services
5:33 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

In Response To High Profile Case, McCaskill Drafting Legislation On Sexual Assault In Military

Sen. McCaskill at the Senate Armed Services Committee on sexual assaults in the military.
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As many as 19,000 service members are sexually assaulted each year. A small fraction of those cases -- around 2,500 a year --  are actually reported, and a much smaller fraction are prosecuted.

The Senate Armed Services held a hearing on sexual assaults in the military, following a high profile case in which Lt. Col. James Wilkerson was convicted by a military jury of "abusive sexual contact." After the trial and conviction, a Lieutenant General dismissed the charges, without having to provide an explanation.

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Boy Scout abuse scandal
11:43 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Scout abuse files include 46 in Missouri

Boy Scout files indicate that there have been 46 allegations of sexual abuse in Missouri, some in the St. Louis area.
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Confidential files kept for years by Boy Scouts of America detailing allegations of sexual abuse against boys include 46 cases from Missouri.


A majority of the Missouri cases included in files released Thursday come from troops in St. Louis and Kansas City or their suburbs but cases also were reported in such places as Neosho, Fort Leonard Wood and Chillicothe.


The Boy Scouts released about 14,500 pages of what are being called "perversion files" on cases across the country dating from 1959 to 1985.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Nixon announces emergency assistance for farmers

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance to farmers who need access to water. At the Springfield Livestock Market, Nixon outlined a plan to make more state dollars available faster to farmers. An existing cost-share program is expanding. The state will pay 90 percent of the cost of deepening or drilling wells; previously, the state had covered 75 percent of the cost.

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Lincoln County
4:14 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Ex- Lincoln County detective pleads guilty to sex abuse of women he supervised

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A former eastern Missouri detective has pleaded guilty to federal charges for sexually abusing five women who were participants of a drug court program under his supervision.

Scott Edwards of Troy, a former detective for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, pleaded guilty to three felony and two misdemeanor counts on Tuesday. He could get up to life in prison at sentencing on Oct. 18.

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Diocese of Belleville
3:41 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Attorney: Diocese of Belleville settles 3 more clergy abuse cases

A map of the area of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons/AlexiusHoratius)

An attorney whose client got a $6.3 million payout in a case against a southwestern Illinois diocese says that diocese has settled three more lawsuits involving sexual abuse of minors by priests.

Mike Weilmuenster says two of the cases settled last week by the Diocese of Belleville involve allegations against the Rev. Raymond Kownacki.

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Missouri Supreme Court / SNAP
12:15 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

SNAP leader vows to fight records disclosure

David Clohessy (left) speaking Tuesday in front of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Joseph Leahy

The director of a sexual abuse support group is denying that he helped violate a gag order in a lawsuit against a Catholic priest in Kansas City.

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Diocese of Belleville / Abuse Suit
11:20 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Update: Man to get $6.33 million in priest-abuse case

A map of the area of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons/AlexiusHoratius)

In an update to a story we've been following and told you more about earlier this morning:

A nine-year legal fight by a man sexually abused by a priest in the 1970s is over, now that a southern Illinois diocese and its insurer have handed over $6.3 million to resolve a jury award in the man's favor.

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Diocese of Belleville / Abuse Suit
4:40 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Lawyer: Diocese of Belleville to pay $6.33 million in abuse suit

A map of the area of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill.
(via Wikimedia Commons/AlexiusHoratius)

An attorney for a man sexually abused by a southwestern Illinois priest says his client soon will receive $6.3 million related to a lawsuit the man won against the Diocese of Belleville.

Mike Weilmuenster tells the Belleville News-Democrat that a court hearing Wednesday in St. Clair County could involve the payout to James Wisniewski of Champaign.

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Priest abuse
5:51 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Mo. appeals court rules Catholic church not responsible for some abuse

A Missouri appeals court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. Louis, whose seat is the Cathedral Basilica, cannot be held responsible for abuse committed by a priest off church property.
(via Flickr/Matthew Black)

In a ruling that advocates for victims of abusive priests are calling "terrible," a Missouri appeals court today upheld a 2010 trial court ruling that the Archdiocese of St. Louis cannot be held responsible for a priest who sexually abused a young parishioner because the abuse happened off of church property.

An attorney for the victim, Ken Chackes, says Missouri is one of a few states that requires such a high bar to hold church officials responsible.

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