A civil jury in Miami awarded a record $100 million to Andres Sousana, who alleged that he was drugged and raped by a Roman Catholic priest when he was 14 years old. Reverend Neil Doherty, who is currently retired, awaits a criminal trial in jail.
Jeff Herman, Sousana's attorney in the case stated, "It sets a standard. Now we know what a jury thinks about these cases. No. 2, it sends a message that we hope will protect other children."
In total, 26 people have accused Doherty of sexual abuse. According to the Miami New Times, 36 priests have been accused of sexually abusing minors in the Archdiocese of Miami.
Media Resources: USA Today 11/11/11; Associated Press 11/10/11; Miami New Times 11/10/11
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. . . .