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Silverman: Birds of a feather flock together. And worse.

Growing up near Denver’s Fairmount Cemetery arboretum, I’d notice years when crows and magpies dominated. I always rooted for robins and sparrows. The bigger-billed bully-birds disrespected the smaller birds’ bodies, property and even their offspring.  Magpies and crows, for all their character flaws, are brilliant birds. So was Jeffrey Epstein. Skipping grades because he was […]

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After decades of debate, Colorado will give sex assault victims unlimited time to sue their abusers

Colorado will give recent and future sexual assault survivors, including those molested as children, unlimited time to sue their abusers. But a separate effort to give victims of historic abuse an opportunity to take legal action remains pending and uncertain. State lawmakers on Tuesday sent Senate Bill 73, which would eliminate the civil statute of […]

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Colorado’s review of Catholic Church sex abuse named priests, but not those who covered up their crimes

Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault. A pair of explosive reports on decades of child sex abuse in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses named 52 priests but kept confidential the identities of numerous church officials — from administrators to bishops — who covered up or ignored allegations of misconduct and transferred known child […]

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52 Catholic priests in Colorado, including iconic Father Woody, abused 212 victims, further investigation finds

Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault. Investigators digging into child sex abuse in Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses have identified an additional 46 victims dating back to 1950 and nine more abusive priests, including an iconic Denver advocate for the homeless and poor.  The new revelations were released Tuesday by the Colorado Attorney […]

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Colorado’s Catholic dioceses paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of priest abuse

Colorado’s three Catholic dioceses have paid $6.68 million to 73 survivors of sexual abuse by priests.  That’s according to an update Friday from the managers of the state’s Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program, which fielded claims from survivors and determined their credibility and eligibility for compensation, and how much money each should be given by […]

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

Warning: This story contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Neil Elms planned to carry his biggest secret to his grave. He thought no one would ever know what he’d kept hidden for 37 years. Elms never told his mother or father, or any of his six siblings. He concealed it through […]