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What can PTSD look like in survivors of abuse?

Survivors of child sex abuse face a complicated path forward, one littered with physical and mental obstacles all stemming from their traumatic experience.

While the exact challenges are unique to each individual, one common long-term effect is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Review: Diocese of Lansing failed to review '90s abuse allegation

When a 27-year-old man wrote to Rev. Pat Egan at the Diocese of Lansing 29 years ago, he was clear. Egan, the man said, sexually assaulted him during a boxing training session. The diocese was told of the allegation, and Egan denied it. Then, the diocese did nothing.

Now, after nearly three decades and a more recent accusation against Egan, the current leader of the diocese is apologizing.

First conviction in Michigan’s 2019 clergy abuse investigation

Michigan’s recent investigation into clergy abuse has resulted in its first conviction.

Rev. Patrick Casey, one of six priests charged over the summer with varying severities of sexual abuse, pleaded guilty in October to one count of misdemeanor aggravated assault, the state’s Department of Attorney General announced. Casey was initially charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, facing accusations he had sexual contact with a 24-year-old male who came to him for spiritual guidance in 2013.

Are clergy members required to report child abuse suspicions?

Most people would feel a moral obligation to go to law enforcement if they believed a child was being sexually abused. It is, quite simply, the right thing to do. For members of some professions – including clergy – the rules are sometimes different.

There are certain circumstances under which clergy members in most states are not required to inform law enforcement of suspected child abuse. Here is an explanation of why.

What are credibly accused priests doing now? Whatever they want

Over the past 15 years there have been well over 4,000 allegations of clergy sexual abuse by minors, according to statistics from a Georgetown University-affiliated research group. These specific allegations date back to the 1970s. It’s only in the past decade that important institutions began to take these claims seriously.

A disturbing new investigation, however, makes it clear the situation is far from resolved, as hundreds of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse continue to live their life with no restrictions. In some cases, they’re even working directly with kids while in positions of trust and authority.

MI diocese releases list of "credibly accused" sexual abusers

Doesn't it seem reasonable that individuals given the titles of Parochial Vicar, Chaplain, Pastor and Sacramental Minister would collectively comprise a group of trustworthy individuals?

Those formal designations conferred by the Catholic Church are linked with a number of long-time clerics who commanded positions of noted responsibility in the church. The cited officials led congregations, counseled church attendees, presided over important life events and administered sacraments.

Former priest faces another sexual abuse charge

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel charged five priests with first-degree criminal sexual conduct back in May. One of these priests has since had another charge added to his list of crimes. Former Lansing Diocese priest Vincent DeLorenzo received another charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from the assault of a recently identified survivor.

The most recent charge against DeLorenzo alleges that he sexually assaulted a five-year-old boy after officiating a funeral for his family back in 1987. It is a felony charge punishable by life in prison as well as a lifetime of electronic monitoring if convicted.

Sad yet necessary disclosures: more states cite priests' abuses

It's like a drum beat that never grows silent. Its constant reverberation serves as a sad reminder of cumulative horrific wrongs committed, yet also as a hopeful harbinger that truth continues to emerge unchecked.

The central subject matter of our blog posts at White Law is the tragically recurrent behavior of criminals who sexually abuse children. Our established Michigan law firm's blog entries especially spotlight individuals who seek to hide behind the authority conferred on them as religious clerics. Our deep legal team provides proven and diligent legal representation to survivors and their families seeking justice against such perpetrators.

Insufficient: additional criminal count tacked on for ex-priest

Six criminal counts were not enough.

That number of criminal charges proved to be insufficient to accurately encompass the collective acts of sexual wrongdoing committed by an ex-Catholic priest in Michigan against vulnerable and trusting minors.

Sexual abuse survivors and conspiracy claims

The number of states lifting the statute of limitations concerning sexual abuse children has risen. This year alone, five states plus the District of Columbia have lifted their statute of limitations regarding such abuse.

One particular issue involving such matters is that the survivor may not even be aware that the perpetrator did anything wrong until much later. Also, adults often silence children when possible abuse happens.

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