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What went wrong in the Catholic Church? Why have its leaders been unable to deal with the priest sex abuse scandal in an honest and convincing way?

The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places?

The Price of a Stolen Childhood - Restitution for Victims of Child Porn

This article was a feature story in The New York Times Magazine last week. It speaks of victims of child pornography and possible restitution they may receive.  The story features 2 victims and their struggles into adulthood. The detective spread out the photographs on the kitchen table, in front of Nicole, on a December morning in 2006. She was 17, but in the pictures, she saw the face of her 10-year-old self, a half-grown girl wearing make-up. The bodies in the images were broken up by pixelation, but Nicole could see the outline of her father, forcing himself on her. Her mother, sitting next to her, burst into sobs.

Monsignor Kevin Wallin former Aide to Cardinal Edward Egan and Pastor at St. Augustine's Accused of Dealing Drugs and Using Rectory as Sex Den

The Catholic priest busted for allegedly dealing crystal meth was suspended after church officials discovered he was a cross-dresser who was having sex in the rectory at Bridgeport's St. Augustine Cathedral. Monsignor Kevin Wallin was relieved of his duties in May, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport had continued to pay him a stipend until his Jan. 3 arrest -- a day he was planning to fly to London on vacation. Now dubbed "Msgr. Meth" by some, Wallin seemed to live a life that easily could have been ripped from the script of "Breaking Bad," the popular AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal methamphetamine producer. At one point, Wallin was selling upwards of $9,000 of meth a week, according to his indictment. In his post-priesthood, Wallin, 61, bought an adult specialty and video store in North Haven called Land of Oz that sells sex toys and X-rated DVDs. Investigators believe the shop helped him launder thousands of dollars in weekly profits.

Former Brookfield Connecticut Cheerleading Coach Sentenced in Sex Scandal

A former Brookfield cheerleading coach escaped prison time Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to exchanging nude photographs with a 15-year-old Monroe girl he had been coaching. Standing before Superior Court Judge Richard Arnold, 31-year-old Manuel Batson apologized for his actions, but avoided looking at the girl and her mother seated a few feet from him in the courtroom. Batson, of Church Street in Ansonia, admitted sending nude photos of himself to the girl, but claimed he thought it was all right because she had told him she was already smoking and drinking. He pleaded guilty to risk of injury to a minor and was sentenced by Arnold to a three-year suspended term, followed by five years probation. The judge also ordered Batson to register as a sex offender and never again be employed where he would have unsupervised contact with children and teenagers.

Fairfield man, ex-Staples swim coach, charged with sexually assaulting girls

The former boys swim coach at Staples High School in Westport was arrested Monday after police said he confessed to sexually assaulting two young girls for more than three years. Jeffrey Schare of Fairfield, who had been coach of the Wreckers boys swim and dive team for seven years, faces multiple sex charges. Students and staff at Staples High School, where Schare also taught math, were told in late November that he was leaving the school, but no reason was given reason other than "personal reasons." Schare, 43, began "grooming" the two girls when they were much younger, "promising favors such as food and sleep-overs as rewards for his deviant behavior," according to the arrest warrant affidavit. He began touching the girls inappropriately, and the offenses progressed from there: "A behavior he readily admitted to his wife, was a lust for younger girls, an urge that he could no longer control," the affidavit sates.

Awareness, enforcement help reduce child sex abuse

Increased public  awareness of how child predators operate, along with better law enforcement and  policies to protect children, may be helping to reduce child sex abuse despite  this year's headlines about cases connected to institutions like Penn State, the  Boy Scouts and the BBC. A recent report from the University  of New Hampshire's Crimes Against Children  Research Center found incidents of child sexual abuse have been declining in  the U.S. for 20 years, with some statistics showing decreases as steep as 60  percent. The findings may be surprising  given the high-profile cases in the news. But many of those incidents took place  years, sometimes decades, ago. Ironically, experts say, publicity surrounding  such scandals may help reduce the problem.

Easton Connecticut Residents Want Accused Predator's Name Taken Off Park

The following article was featured in the CT Post.  Since the article was written the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to change the parks name on November 9, 2012.  The article shows how difficult it can be for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward.  The article is below. Ted  Alexander Jr. always was the last one dropped off after Boy Scout meetings. The driver, his Boy Scout leader, would take the 8-year-old to a parking lot  on Black Rock Turnpike and they would wrestle in the car. Sometimes, the man  would shove Alexander's head into Toth's crotch. The man was Stephen  Toth.

Men Face Societal Pressures When Reporting Sexual Abuse

Although  the two groups have more in common than not, experts say male sexual assault  victims are often left to deal with certain issues that female victims might  not face. Research suggests more than half  of all sexual assaults in the United States go unreported. ........... Men represent a small but  significant share of the nation's sexual assault victims. According to data from  the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau  of Justice Statistics, 11 percent of sexual assault victims between 1992 and  2000 were male.

Pyschological Centers for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Leading drugmakers will help set up psychological centres for victims of child sex abuse in an effort to counter the long-term health problems suffered by victims. They are to j oin forces with Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic and others to improve medical education and accelerate the early identification of victims. Sexual exploitation when a child can saddle a person with life-long illnesses and a range of mental problems. At least one in five girls and one in 10 boys are victims of sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18, but only one in three cases is reported, according to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

Chilean Bishop Resigns as Sexual Abuse Allegations Investigated by Vatican

The pope accepted the resignation of a Chilean bishop who is under investigation  by the Vatican for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. The resignation of Bishop Marco  Antonio Ordenes Fernandez of Iquique, Chile, marks one of the few times that  the Vatican has acknowledged publicly that it was investigating a bishop for sex  abuse allegations. Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims have long complained  that the Vatican has looked the other way when bishops have been accused of  abuse or of covering it up.

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