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McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize...More >>
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It's a crime that continues to generate anger and disbelief in Montgomery and beyond- the destruction of the home of Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks. The case took center stage this Labor Day at an annualMore >>
The community is uniting to help catch the criminals who desecrated a piece of Montgomery history. The vandalism of Rosa Parks' home angered many across the city and hundreds have donated in an effort to help find those responsible. Crimestoppers is hoping a bigger reward will crack the case.More >>
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
The case of child sexual abuse at a Muscle Shoals church
is certainly not the first incident to happen in North Alabama or across the
country. There is an entire network of professionals who aim to help victims of
child sexual abuse called The Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests.
Barbara Dorris, our area's director of the organization
said child abuse in churches is a problem that's been happening for a very long
time in all different denominations.
In fact, the group has a website called Stop Baptist
Predators that focuses specifically on child sex abuse within the Baptist
Church. One expert said child abuse in
churches is nothing new and happens a lot more than we realize, but we are
starting to hear about it more because the victims are beginning to feel safer
in reporting these crimes.
In the past it was even more difficult for the victims to
come forward in a church situation because the predator is a trusted member of
the clergy, and the church would often ignore the problem or simply re-locate
the pastor in question while doing nothing for the victim.
"In a clergy situation, God is involved and predators use God
in this by saying this is God's love, this is God's way of showing that you are
special, if you tell you will go to hell," Dorris said. "That's an old lie many
children are taught: if you tell you will go to hell. It's all tangled up and
the victims are forced to deal with that and often times if they say anything
to their communities, often times they are the ones pushed out as opposed to
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