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Colorado author Melissa Payne drew on her work experience to create a lost teen named Star

In "The Secrets of Lost Stones," elements of her work with abused and neglected kids coalesce around the story of one girl's search for family

SunLit Interviews

Effort to give Colorado child sex assault survivors unlimited time to sue abusers is rejected

House Bill 1296, brought in the wake of a damning report on Colorado’s Catholic church, was set aside at the request of one of its prime sponsors in the hopes of bringing future legislation that will also benefit past survivors of abuse. The decision to sideline the measure drew disappointment.

Politics and Government

Opinion: Amid an epidemic within a pandemic, choose you. Leave victimhood behind.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Long after the coronavirus, domestic violence victims will need help

Opinion Columns

A Denver priest — his dad’s best friend — raped him. The state’s Catholic Church abuse report revealed the secret.

Neil Elms says he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Lawrence St. Peter, a Colorado priest who rose to high ranks in the Denver Archdiocese. St. Peter wasn’t removed from clergy despite “numerous, reliable, consistent reports” he was abusing boys.

Sun Investigation

Colorado’s Catholic priest abuse reparations program received 78 claims, has already paid out over $1M

The deadline to file claims with the reparations program, created voluntarily by Colorado’s three dioceses, was Friday. There are still more than 60 claims to sort through.


Former Colorado priest up for possible parole in sex abuse case; was named in attorney general’s report

Timothy Evans was sentenced to 14 years to life in prison in 2007 for sexually assaulting a boy who worked at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fort Collins

Crime and Courts

Colorado’s former attorney general wanted grand jury investigation of priest abuse scandal — but didn’t get it

Cynthia Coffman explains why the Catholic Church investigation was handled the way it was -- and why she is now calling for legislative change


A list of the Colorado priests named in the Catholic church sex abuse report, where they worked and when

The report accuses 43 priests, but most of the abuse was committed by five