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
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .