Child Abuse

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Most people are spending the majority of their time at home right now. But not everyone has a safe home. Local organizations and mental health services are using a variety of methods to provide support for victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

In the last week the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s office has seen a slight uptick in calls for family disputes and disturbances. 

Michigan Senate Backs Longer Sentences For Child Abusers

Apr 9, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would prescribe longer sentences for certain repeat child abusers.

Bills approved unanimously by the state Senate on Tuesday would set new maximum prison terms for people convicted of third- or fourth-degree child abuse following a prior conviction.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Indiana ranks second in the nation for the rate of child abuse victims, according to an annual report from the US Department of Health & Human Services.

The report says 18.6 in every 1,000 Hoosier children were victims of abuse in fiscal year 2017.

That’s more than double the national average. And it’s second only to neighboring Kentucky, where 22.2 in 1,000 children were abused that year.

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Rebecca Green / WBOI

Bishop Kevin Rhoades is expected to release the names of priests and deacons within the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse tomorrow via the diocesan website.

Rhoades promised to release names last month during a press conference in Fort Way  ne, days after a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed decades of child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Rhodes served in Harrisburg before Indiana.

 

Bishop Kevin Rhoades at a recent press conference in Fort Wayne regarding the Pennsylvania grand jury report on child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Rebecca Green / WBOI

 

A Pennsylvania prosecutor is investigating a misconduct allegation against Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The allegation is being investigated by the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office and Pennsylvania ChildLine.

 

Notre Dame President Speaks On Child Abuse Scandals

Aug 22, 2018
Jennifer Weingart

 

University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins spoke on the recent child sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church at the beginning of the Opening Mass of Holy Spirit on Tuesday.

The mass is to welcome students to a new year at Notre Dame. Father Jenkins said he would use the mass to do that, but said he ‘could not ignore’ what had come out of Pennsylvania.