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    These may be heavy for survivors. Courts back repressed-memory claims in church abuse cases - Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic By Nena Baker - The Arizona
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      These may be heavy for survivors.

      Courts back repressed-memory claims in church abuse cases - Michael Chow/The
      Arizona Republic By Nena Baker - The Arizona Republic - "Watson sued the
      Diocese of Phoenix, which didn't contest that Rev. George Bredemann, a former
      Phoenix cleric and convicted child molester, had abused Watson during outings
      in the desert years earlier. Instead, the church set out to show that Watson
      had never forgotten that it happened and therefore didn't have a case. Every
      state sets a legal timeframe, called a statute of limitations, within which a
      plaintiff must bring a civil lawsuit. Arizona's law requires that victims of
      childhood sexual abuse make a claim within two years of reaching 18. But the
      state Supreme Court has ruled that exceptions can be made if a controversial
      psychological condition called memory repression is present. And, as more
      state courts have begun accepting repressed-memory claims, the Catholic
      Church has paid out hundreds of millions of dollars...., the Diocese of
      Tucson settled 11 lawsuits totaling an estimated $15 million with plaintiffs
      who claimed they had repressed memories of sexual abuse by four priests in
      Tucson and Yuma during the 1960s, '70s and '80s."
      http://www.arizonarepublic.com/news/articles/0401repressed01.html

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      of them. Resources mentioned in this resource list are mentioned for
      educational value only.

      SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ) is a self-help
      organization of men and women who were sexually abused by spiritual elders
      (Catholic priests, brothers, nuns, ministers, teachers, etc). Members find
      healing and empowerment by joining with other survivors.
      http://www.survivorsnetwork.org

      2 Catholic Dioceses Settle Abuse Suit for $1.2 Million - Church: Woman
      alleges priest molested her and two other priests ignored her pleas for help.
      4/2/02 by William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer "The Roman Catholic dioceses
      of Orange and Los Angeles paid $1.2 million Monday to a 37-year-old woman who
      alleged in a lawsuit that a popular priest molested her as a teenager, got
      her pregnant and paid for her abortion."
      http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-000023610apr02.story


      This may be very heavy for survivors.
      Terror, sexual abuse rampant in Zimbabwe - Militia 'above the law' - Brian
      Latham and Philip Sherwell - The Sunday Telegraph "According to Dewa
      Mavhinga, a research officer with the Zimbabwe Women Lawyers' Association,
      there are more than 1,000 female sex slaves being held in 56 militia camps."


      Our listing these resources does not necessarily constitute our endorsement
      of them. Resources mentioned in this resource list are mentioned for
      educational value only.

      STOP CHILD ABUSE BY RELIGIOUS LEADERS
      Few crimes are as repugnant as the sexual abuse of children, and the recent
      revelations of abuse by priests, and the cover-up by leaders of the Roman
      Catholic Church, are especially horrifying. And while it is the behavior of a
      few that has damaged the reputations of thousands of upstanding religious
      leaders, every effort must be made to ensure the situation is not
      perpetuated. Currently, religious leaders of all kinds -- priests,
      ministers, rabbis and others - are often excluded from laws that require
      doctors, social workers, and child care workers to report suspected abuse to
      authorities. This religious exemption must end.
      workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=13043&afccode=ABU001

      -ACTIVISM OPPORTUNITY-

      FULLY ENFORCE OUR CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS
      Urge the administration not to back down in its enforcement of our hard-won
      civil rights. At stake is nothing less than the future of fundamental rights
      in this country, rights for which many have struggled and more than a few
      have died.
      workingforchange.com/activism/action.cfm?itemid=13060&afccode=FER001

      http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=280281
      al-q.htm

      Downing Street said al-Qa'ida was using chemical weapons: it was wrong. The
      Pentagon said Saddam Hussein was to blame for the anthrax attacks on the US:
      it was wrong. Raymond Whitaker and James Palmer unravel the West's war of
      lies and propaganda 31 March 2002 Truth is already a casualty in the war
      against terror, but as the campaign against Iraq hots up, distinguishing
      facts from propaganda may become even harder.
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