The Child Maltreatment report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau reports that upwards of 61,0000 cases of child sexual abuse have been reported in the United States in one year. This number does not include the thousands of children that are suffering in silence, afraid to come forward.
The Whole Truth: What the Spotlight team of the Boston Globe fail to uncover about Sexual Abuse in America exposes the breadth of the bias against the Catholic Church
using the child sexual abuse dilemma in society as a means for headline
news. An amazing and liberating story told by the most credible and
unprejudiced source, Joe Klest, the attorney who has successfully
obtained a $28 million jury verdict in one of the highest awards in a
sexual abuse case. In Joe's research he has found that there is no
statistical evidence that shows more
abuse occurred in the Catholic Church than in any other institution or
organization. The problem is similarly present across all religions,
organizations or nationalities. The Whole Truth by Joseph Klest sheds
light on the overwhelming reform that has transformed the Catholic
Church into a blueprint for prevention and intervention of abuse. The
steps you can take to protect your children from abuse and the legal
recourse available if your child has been abused.
I had a chance to read the book. It is a tough read, just because of how widespread the issue is. However, it was helpful, especially with some of the legal and protection tips that it provides to parents.
About the Author:
Joe Klest is a Chicago native who has practiced law for over 30 years.
He is highly respected by his peers
and is nationally recognized for his work in helping abuse victims. Mr.
Klest has obtained significant outcomes for the victims of sexual abuse
and assault. An especially notable result is a milestone victory for
sexual abuse victims involving a $28,000,000 verdict in the matter of
Snyder v. Kenny. The verdict represents the largest civil sexual abuse
verdict in Illinois history and is among the largest in the nation. He
is the coauthor of Illinois's 2003 Child Protection Act, which expanded
the statute of limitations to allow more victims to sue their abusers,
and was a member of the American Association for Justice – Childhood
Sexual Abuse Litigation Group.