Child Sexual Abuse
Associated Press/Photo by Attorneys for Lisa Montgomery (file)

Anti-trafficking groups decry woman’s execution

Compassion | Lisa Montgomery committed—and was the victim of—heinous crime
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/20/21, 04:42 pm

In the waning days of the Trump administration, the federal government executed a female convict for the first time in nearly seven decades. Her sentence invigorated public debate over the death penalty and raised questions about the role of a suspect’s past trauma in criminal sentencing.

Lisa Montgomery, 52, was convicted in 2008 of strangling 23-year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett of Missouri, who was eight months pregnant, and cutting the premature baby out of its mother’s womb. The baby girl lived and turned 16 on Dec. 16.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rick Bowmer (file)

A reckoning for the Boy Scouts

Society | The organization faces a mounting number of sexual abuse claims
by Mary Jackson
Posted 11/20/20, 04:52 pm

For 62 years, Bob Grier never spoke of the sexual abuse he experienced as a teenager in a South Miami, Fla., Boy Scout troop during a three-year span in the late 1950s. But when he saw a YouTube advertisement from a law firm asking abuse victims to come forward, he decided it was time. The 76-year-old attorney said his abuse is still difficult to discuss. But he has found a sense of purpose fighting for other alleged victims. Grier calls them “brothers.”

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Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky (file)

Vatican releases report on accused cardinal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 11/10/20, 12:23 pm

Pope Francis escaped most of the blame for ignoring allegations of sexual abuse against former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. But the Vatican’s 400-plus-page internal investigation named a series of former and current bishops, cardinals, and popes who it said turned a blind eye to the clergyman’s alleged misconduct toward children and adults. McCarrick served as a priest, bishop, and archbishop in New York and New Jersey from the 1950s until becoming archbishop of Washington, D.C., in 2000.

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