Continuing with its efforts to settle sex abuse claims out of court and out of public view, the New York Archdiocese is now in Phase II of what it calls its Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. The program was launched as New York lawmakers consider passage of the Child Victims Act, allowing New York sex…

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Long-Term Effects of Child Sexual Abuse As young children, our world revolves around our parents, primary caregivers, family and trusted authority figures. They are our source of safety, security, love and understanding. However, estimates show that 28-30% of women and 12-18% of men have experienced childhood sex abuse. Because of the shame and guilt victims feel,…

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Child Molesters Work To Gain Your Child’s Trust It’s called “grooming” and it’s the way would-be pedophiles and child molesters earn your child’s trust, and often your own. The process is a perversion of romantic courtship: a multistage process in which abusers create a bond with your child, making it more difficult to detect sexual…

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Kevin Braney was a victim of clergy sexual abuse at the age of 15. The Diocese of Syracuse refuses to compensate Braney for the harm caused even though the Vatican found Braney’s accusations and abuse “credible”. The story of his abusers can be read about here.  When Mental Anguish Starts as Physical Pain Kevin Braney started…

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