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  • Florida foster care

    ABC reports on "the failure of the Florida Department of Children and Families to protect six children who were under its care." The story reveals that Jacqueline Lynch, a certified foster parent, abused and neglected the six children, siblings of ages between 5 and 15. Nevertheless, the state allowed her and her husband to adopt the children. Lynch has been receiving thousands of dollars for supposedly taking care of the children until the state learned of the abuse from a child abuse hotline. "For almost two years, no caseworker ever came to inspect the Lynch home even though they were supposed to be monthly visits," according to the contest entry summary.
  • Forgive me Father Those Still In Place

    ABC News attempts to answer the question "were there priests with records of sexually assaulting or exploiting minors, who were still working in the church? The answer was yes. ABC News developed an original database and a team of ABC researchers worked with public records, court filings and sources both inside and outside the church. (ABC News) found 30 priests in 17 states who were still working in parishes, despite past criminal convictions and/or civil settlements."
  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Dateline NBC "examined allegations that Jehovah's Witnesses leaders have been covering up cases of child molestation... (Dateline) discovered that the general policy set by the church headquarters, the Watchtower Society, does not encourage the reporting of sexual abuse allegations to authorities, except in the 16 states where reporting by clergy of such allegations is mandatory... (Dateline) discovered one case in Nevada where the church's own internal records showed they were aware that an elder had been accused of molesting 17 girls, yet never passed that information on to the police. The primary case (Dateline) focused on involved a young women who alleged that her parents' best friend and a respected church leader had molested her from the time she was 5 until she was nearly 12 years old. At age 16, she came forward to church elders, who she says threatened to excommunicate her if she reported the case to police. She went to the police anyway. As a result, her family says they were shunned by other church members. In court, church leaders spoke on behalf of the accused molester, who ultimately was convicted and sent to prison."
  • Ex-Ryan principal accused of molesting students; Ex-priest Ron Dickman denies allegations

    A three-year Tennessean investigation identifies "the mysterious 'third priest' involved in the sexual abuse of Catholic children in Nashville. The accused priest, Ron Dickman, had abused students while principal at Father Ryan High School, the most prestigious parochial school in the metro area.
  • Legacy of Shame

    A seven-part series exposing Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's culpability in covering up for sex-abusing priests on a level that may surpass Boston's former cardinal, Bernard Law. It examines Mahony's 17-year record as archbishop of LA.
  • In A Child's Best Interest

    MSNBC reports on child welfare hearings in three Indiana juvenile courts. "Specifically, these hearings involve children who are the victims of abuse, neglect, or at-risk situations. The program focuses on one of the more desperate corners of modern life and penetrates the world of the juvenile justice system, which, by law, is closed to the public and media. Our cameras expose stories of sexual abuse and capture how the courts handle these young victims. We also reveal excruciating, personal experiences as children are placed in residential treatment facilities. Lastly, we document the incompetence of a state child welfare system that allowed a teenage girl to go through two-dozen foster homes during her 14 years in the system."
  • Church in Crisis

    This special sections reviews in detail all of the 185 lawsuits filed in Louisville between January 1 and September 29, 2002 by people alleging they were sexually abused as children by those affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville. Louisville has the second highest volume of clergy sexual abuse lawsuits in the country behind Boston.
  • Foster Shuffle

    Krupa finds, according to the contest questionnaire, that "scores of children who were put in foster care after their parents were accused of sexual abuse wound up back in their homes -- some within days of being removed by the state.".
  • Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church

    From the contest questionnaire: "The eight Globe reporters assigned to the clergy sexual abuse crisis used original reporting and court documents to create a narrative about the scandal rocking the Catholic Church in the U.S. The book profiles the central players in the scandal, including Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the archbishop of Boston, and Rev. John J. Geoghan, a pedophile priest who was ultimately defrocked and imprisoned for abusing minors. The book examines the history of clergy sexual abuse in the United States and its devastating impact on victims and their families."
  • Predator next door

    A three-part News 12 investigation reports on children falling victim to sexual abuse. The first part reveals that many cases of sexual abuse occur at home by a person the child know and trusts. Many offenses go unreported because children do not talk about what happened, or are afraid to testify. Part two is based on a "surprisingly candid interview" with a convicted sex offender who admits he will never be cured. Part three is a hidden camera investigation showing how children, although taught not to go with strangers, can be easily lured to walk away from their playgrounds. An undercover police officer plays the role of the "stranger," while children's parents are watching the entire matter unfold before heir eyes.