The Archdiocese of Chicago announced a $12.6 million settlement for 16 survivors of sexual assault by priests. Along with the financial settlement, the Archdiocese of Chicago also awarded survivors private apologies and a public apology by Cardinal Francis George, USA Today reports.
In the public apology, George said he hoped the settlements would help survivors and their families recover and continue their lives. For the future, George said, "We must continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of the children in our care," according to the Associated Press.
A deposition made by Cardinal Francis George in the latest lawsuits was made public. In this statement, George conceded that he should have removed Daniel McCormack, a priest who had abused five children, at the recommendation of the archdiocese review board after McCormack's arrest in 2005. Two of the 16 cases relate to accusations against McCormack.
Survivor Therese Albrecht, 48, said of her abuse and the settlement case, "I'm very grateful I survived this. I didn't think I would." Albrecht had been raped and sodomized by Rev. Joseph R. Bennett as a child. When she reported her abuse as an adult, she felt the Archdiocese did not believe her claims, the Associated Press reports.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 8/13/08; USA Today, 8/13/08; Archdiocese of Chicago, 8/14/08
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .