For decades, survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their advocates have urged states to let them hold abusers accountable in civil court, no matter how long it’s been since the abuse. A bipartisan bill in the Colorado Legislature to do just that so far appears to have widespread approval, but it’s not without opposition from the Colorado Catholic Conference — a church embroiled in a sex abuse scandal in Colorado, the U.S. and around the world. There is no expiration date in Colorado to bring criminal charges against a person accused of child sex abuse, but the statute of limitations to sue an individual is only six years after a victim turns 18. Last year’s effort to change the latter failed. The renewed push to eliminate the statute of limitations for lawsuits against alleged child sex abusers saw an unanimous Senate vote this week — a vote Wheat Ridge Democratic Sen. Jessie Danielson called “historic.” But the bipartisan bill, which now heads to a House committee, doesn’t … [Read more...] about Catholic group opposes Colorado bill that would give child sex abuse survivors the ability to sue their abuser at any time
Horrific details from a state investigation shine a spotlight on dozens of Catholic priests in Colorado accused of sexually abusing at least 212 children over the past 70 years. A report released in October 2019 alleged 43 men in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses were abusers, but only identified 40 by name. A follow-up report released Dec. 1, 2020, added nine more priests to the list of clergy with substantiated claims of abuse. RELATED: Investigator finds 43 Catholic priests in Colorado sexually abused at least 166 children The reports published by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office summarizes nearly two years of investigation by former federal prosecutor Bob Troyer. The reports’ contents are the most in-depth account to date of clergy sex abuse in the state. The Denver Post compiled key details of the involved clergy including their names, where they served and a short description of their alleged crimes. Archdiocese of Denver Father Leonard Abercrombie … [Read more...] about Colorado Catholic Church sexual abuse investigation: Who are the 49 priests named in the reports?
The Boy Scouts of America’s Denver Area Council announced Wednesday it has merged with its Western Slope counterparts as the Scouts prepare to lose thousands of members when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church, severs ties at the end of the year. The merger comes as shifting cultural norms have altered the Boy Scouts of America’s landscape as the organization opened its ranks to gay and female youths. The changes were a departure from the church’s more conservative stances on social issues, causing a split between the Scouts and the church who had been partners for more than a century. “The success of the Boy Scouts was largely about Mormon involvement in the program early on,” said Katy Mohrman, a University of Colorado Denver professor focusing on Mormon studies. “For the Scouts, I think it’s part of a more major shift of ‘What’s really our mission about and why are we here?’ ” The change will have a significant effect on the … [Read more...] about The Mormon church is severing ties with the Boy Scouts. How will that affect the future of the Scouts in Colorado?