Sexual Abuse

A class action lawsuit is alleging the U.S. Olympic Committee headquartered in Colorado Springs tolerated sexual abuse, exploitation and forced labor. 

The U.S. Olympic Committee is not specifically named as a defendant in the suit, but that could change as the suit moves forward. 

The suit involves fifty plaintiffs who allege coaches and leaders from USA Diving knew about and tolerated the abuse. Plaintiffs allege one male diving coach sexually abused teenage female divers as well as a a female coach over the course of at least two years.  

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The Idaho Children's Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho provides funding, training and technical assistance to community-based programs working to strengthen families in order to prevent child abuse and neglect in Idaho. We speak with the fund's director and an advocate from St. Luke's Children's about advocacy and prevention efforts.

Allegations Of Sexual Abuse In Boise Diocese

Jun 4, 2018
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Idaho Statesman reporters Ruth Brown and Katy Moeller filed stories about sexual abuse in a Boise parish that goes back nearly 50 years. They join Idaho Matters on Monday to talk about the story.

On The Monday, June 4, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 4, 2018

  • Allegations of sexual abuse and a cover-up in a Boise church.
  • Big plans for economic growth in McCall.
  • Using drones to map Idaho's landscape.

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Former Boise priest Thomas Faucher made an appearance in court late last week. He faces numerous counts of sexual exploitation of a child. More details surrounding his posts in internet chat rooms came to light at the hearing.


Idaho Statesman

A retired Boise Catholic Priest facing child porn and drug charges is back in custody. Seventy-two-year-old Thomas Faucher has been charged with seven extra counts of possession of child pornography, one count of child porn distribution and an additional count of drug possession.

Idaho Statesman

Retired Boise Catholic priest W. Thomas Faucher made his first in-person appearance at the Ada County Courthouse this morning.

Emilie Ritter Saunders

If you’re being stalked by a person who isn’t a relative or a romantic partner in Idaho, there’s not much the police can do to protect you from having contact. Civil protective orders here don’t cover stalking behavior by acquaintances or strangers.

But Idaho State Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, wants to change that. The lawmaker and attorney says he’s been working on legislation to broaden the categories governing protective orders since 2013.

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Last weekend, a shooting in Boise’s North End neighborhood sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries. The victim – Mikaela Zabel-Gravatt – is recovering, and Christopher Wirfs is facing felony charges. The alleged shooter is charged with felony aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The incident exposes a gap in Idaho's legal code when it comes to getting protection from stalkers.

Seven more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused by staffers at a state-run detention center in southwestern Idaho.

The new allegations were detailed in a tort claim filed with the state late Tuesday afternoon. So far at least 10 former detainees at the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction detention center in Nampa have brought sex abuse allegations against the state, identifying at least half a dozen suspected abusers.

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The Centers for Disease Control says one in five women is sexually assaulted in college, a statistic that prompted the White House to release guidelines to help those victims.

Noting that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House is releasing new guidelines to help victims of that violence and improve the way schools handle such cases. Campus sexual assaults are notoriously underreported, and schools' disciplinary processes vary widely.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy protection Friday as part of a proposed $15 million settlement with victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Diocese spokesman Dan Bartleson says the diocese does not expect to have to liquidate any of its assets or close any programs because of the filing.

The settlement details are being worked out, but the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Montana would be responsible for approving and supervising the disbursement of $15 million to compensate the 362 victims identified in two lawsuits.

Four men are suing the Mormon church and Boy Scouts of America in federal court because they say they were sexually abused while attending scouting functions in Idaho.

Attorneys Gilion Dumas, Andrew Chasan and Timothy Walton filed the lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court on Monday on behalf of the four men, who are named only as John Does I (one) through IV (four) in the lawsuit to protect their privacy.

Chasan says what the church and the Boy Scouts did amounted to a cover-up.