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What we know about the priests accused of sexual abuse of minors in Corpus Christi
Twenty-six clergy members with ties to the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi had “credible” claims of sexual abuse to minors
The diocese was among the 15 in Texas that released names of clergy members with “credible” accusations Jan. 31.
Twelve of the clergy members listed were dead and two received criminal convictions. Bishop Michael Mulvey said no one on the list is active in the ministry.
Here’s what we know about the men on the Diocese of Corpus Christi’s list. READ MORE
Austin Diocese names 22 clergy ‘credibly’ accused of abuse
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin released Thursday the names of 22 clergy members who have been “credibly” accused of sexually abusing children going back to the 1950s. Twelve are deceased, and all but one have been removed from the ministry.
The Rev. Jim Castro Garcia was dismissed from the diocese seminary in 2011 and is currently serving as a priest in Kingston, Jamaica, according to the diocese. He could not be reached for comment.
Statewide, Catholic leaders identified 286 priests and other clergy accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of such names to be released since a grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania. READ MORE
Dallas Catholic Diocese releases list of 31 clergy members 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse since 1950
In early 2018, a team of former state and federal law enforcement experts began to review diocesan personnel files to identify credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors within the Diocese. In August 2018, this group’s mandate expanded to include the review of the files of all active and former priests in the Diocese dating back to 1950 to identify any allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. When the review team identified an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor by a priest in the Diocese of Dallas, that allegation was forwarded to the Diocesan Review Board. The Diocesan Review Board then evaluated the allegation and other available information, and made a recommendation to Bishop Burns as to whether the allegation was credible. Bishop Burns accepted the Board’s recommendations and, as Chief Pastor of the Diocese, communicated the list released on January 31, 2019 to the Catholic faithful of the Diocese. READ MORE
How Fort Worth dealt with priest abuse accusations
FORT WORTH, Texas (KXAN) — It’s taken Texas’ Catholic dioceses 12 years to do what Fort Worth’s diocese did back in 2007. Fort Worth was the first of the state’s 15 dioceses to identify clergy members with “credible allegations” of sexually abusing children — and any other allegation against priests.
Texas has 1,320 Catholic parishes in 15 dioceses.
“We listened to victims and one of the things they articulated was the experience of frustration of not having been heard and not having been believed,” the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson said in October 2018 when explaining why he decided to publish the list 12 years ago.
Olson made those comments last fall after the Catholic Diocese of Dallas told the public it had an active internal investigation into 220 priests. That investigation started in February 2018, Bishop Edward Burns told reporters last fall.
But, the Dallas diocese investigation only deals with active priests, Burns told reporters. READ MORE
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PA church scandal draws similarities to 1990s
Catholic Diocese in Pennsylvania has rocked the church
The massive sex abuse investigation in Pennsylvania is eerily reminiscent of a pedophile priest scandal 21 years ago that almost bankrupted the Dallas Catholic Diocese.
In July 1997, Tahira Merritt was on a team of lawyers led by Wendell Turley suing the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for covering up the actions of a pedophile priest. Eleven altar boys claimed they were molested for years by father Rudy Kos. READ MORE
Priests accused of abuse in Grand Jury report
NEW LAWSUIT FILED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST MASSAGE ENVY FORT WORTH TEXAS
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
The Law Offices of Tahira Khan Merritt PLLC (tkmlawfirm.com) filed a lawsuit today in the 342nd Tarrant County District Court, Fort Worth, Texas. The case seeks to recover civil damages arising out of sexual misconduct at the Massage Envy Spa, Montgomery Plaza, 2600 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas by Registered Massage therapist Sting Ray Salgado. The victim, identified only by the pseudonym Jane Doe 115, alleges that … READ MORE MASSAGE ENVY FORT WORTH TEXAS Plaintiff's Original Petition FILE MARKED-1
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Roughly 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, and for millions this is a chronic, lifelong condition. Back pain is also a leading contributor to poor health and early mortality. Choosing the right mattress is crucial for individuals with back pain issues. READ MORE
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What Can I Do If I Am Sexually Assaulted By My Massage Therapist?
Another headline about two woman sexually assaulted by a massage therapist at a reputable Massage/Spa facility. READ MORE
Sexual Assault and the Gamble of Going to Law Enforcement
In the year of 2017, sexual harassment and assault has been brought some much needed attention from the national media. What started with Harvey Weinstein has launched a frenzy of high-profile celebrities as well as everyday Americans ready to tell their “#Me Too” stories. READ MORE
Massage Heights Sued Over Sexual Assault Allegations
Tahira Khan Merritt represents the victim who is choosing to remain anonymous for now.
The victim alleges on January 23, 2016, at the Massage Heights in River Oaks, she was sexually assaulted by her masseuse Tyler Chase White. READ MORE
Another Shocking Headline
At least 180 people have filed sexual assault civil suits, police reports or complaints to state boards against Massage Envy, its franchises and their employees, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation. READ MORE
"How to banish child sexual groomers"
Cockroaches, those infamous, hearty and adaptable bugs, can withstand hostile temperatures that few other creatures can endure. Chameleons, known for their ability to change their appearance, can effortlessly merge with their environment. In the desert? Go brown. In the jungle? READ MORE
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Why The Keepers is so Compelling
The show has received acclaim not only for the suspenseful story but also for its subject matter. Part of the story involves a victim recovering memories of her childhood sexual abuse and how those memories fit into the overall story of the young nun’s murder. But how and why are traumatic memories “repressed” and “recovered”? READ MORE
What To Say When Someone Tells You They Were Sexually Assaulted
It is hard to know what to say when someone you are close to tells you they were sexually violated. Your response at that time can make a difference. READ MORE
Texas legal rights
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, would you know what your legal rights are? It is important for victims to educate themselves because the rights of victims of sex crimes vary from state to state. Under Texas law, you have the right: READ MORE
How to Recognize the Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse
We all have friends who share with us problems they are having in relationships. When should you suggest professional help or intervention? If they describe any of the following tactics often used by abusers: READ MORE
Apps for college rape victims
This past April, The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued its findings: one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college. In conjunction with the release of the report, the White House also launched a website to educate students and their families about this important issue. [Link https://www.notalone.gov/]. READ MORE
Talking to your teenager
Being a parent of a teenager today can be overwhelming, especially when print and television media constantly surrounds us with sexually explicit images and messages. Even our children’s own peers may expose them to graphic sexual words and images through social media and the use of smart phones. Who knew what “twerking” was before the Miley Cyrus “performance” at the MVA Awards? I certainly did not.
Educate yourself, and then empower your teen. Here are a few tips. READ MORE
Pope Francis apology
Yesterday, Pope Francis promised Catholic Bishops “will be held accountable” for failing to protect children from sexual abuse.
100 Children Porn Bust
A recent article Dallas Morning News article emphatically demonstrates how crucial it is not only for suspicions of pedophilic conduct to be reported to civil authorities, but for parents to take such preventative action. A 28 year old man and his 17 year old accomplice( posing as a 6th grade student) at Hurst Elementary school in Tarrant county lured and sexually abused at least 100 children. http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2014/11/hurst‑police‑hand‑over‑child‑porn‑suspect‑who‑posed‑as‑teens‑father‑to‑federal‑agents.html/ READ MORE
Criminal vs. Civil actions
Do you know the difference between a criminal case and a civil case based on a sexual assault or sexual abuse? Each day our law firm receives calls from victims of sexual assault who confuse a criminal prosecution for sexual assault with a civil action based on sexual assault. It is very important to know your rights, whether criminal or civil, and choose an appropriate, experienced victims attorney. READ MORE
Questions to ask your lawyer
Hiring an attorney for a potential civil case can be a daunting task for many survivors. As victims of sexual assault who were so badly violated and betrayed by their perpetrators, their trust issues with authority figures are understandable. They often are wary not only of lawyers but of the legal system as well. Nevertheless, they must hire a lawyer but importantly, one with understanding, knowledge and relevant experience to be an effective advocate. READ MORE
If your college student was at a party and saw someone making unwanted sexual advances toward another student who was intoxicated, would he intervene? What about in response to rape joke or a sexually explicit photo or video of a classmate posted on social media? For the first time, sexual violence prevention strategies including “bystander intervention” are being discussed and taught at universities and colleges in response to recent government scrutiny about how universities are handling reports of sexual assaults on campuses. READ MORE
Sexual abuse and exploitation in youth sports
It’s mid-August. Children are back to school for academics, activities and athletics. Youth sports in particular can offer children valuable life lessons about team work and commitment but, as we have seen recently in the Jerry Sandusky case, they can also teach us parents that we must be vigilant about the potential for sexual abuse in a sports settings. If you have a child-athlete who wants to participate in school or league-sponsored events, it is important that you educate yourself and your child about measures that can be taken to prevent their sexual exploitation and their peers’ as well. READ MORE
Campus Rape : Victim Blaming
One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, but only about 12 percent report the sexual assault to police. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced Title IX investigations of 86 schools suspected of denying students their equal right to education by inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints; if found in violation, each school runs the risk of financial penalties, including having its federal funding revoked. https://www.notalone.gov/. To understand why so few rapes are not reported to police, we must first examine the underlying societal problem : victim-blaming is the corollary of denial prevalent in the rape culture at our colleges and universities. READ MORE