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Diocese of Marquette: A Complete Reporting - October 27, 2022

by Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General

This report, for informational purposes only, is a compilation of the information obtained from the tip line, victim interviews, police investigations, open-source media, paper documents seized from the Diocese, and electronic documents found on the diocesan computers as well as reports of allegations disclosed by the Diocese. This report contains detailed descriptions of allegations of sexual abuse and other sexual misconduct (including grooming and misuse of authority) against minors and adults. Should you need assistance please call 855-VOICES4. A criminal charge is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Read more

Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Implications

by Journal of Adolescent Medicine vol. 69, issue 6, Supplement, S8-S10, Dec. 1, 2021

Child marriage is as damaging in the U.S. as it is across the globe. Minors—even highly mature 17-year-olds—have limited legal rights and therefore can easily be forced into marriage or forced to stay in an unwanted marriage. The data compiled in this study shows how child marriage it as much a human-rights abuse in the U.S. as anywhere else. Read more

United States' Child Marriage Problem

by Unchained At Last

Child marriage, or marriage before age 18, has devastating implications for underage girls. Yet between 2000 and 2018, nearly 300,000 minors were legally married in the U.S. This report, published in 2021, details the dangerous implications of child marriage, legislative failures at state and federal levels, and concludes with a simple solution: commonsense legislation to end any loophole that allows a minor to be married. Read more

Unchained At Last

Unchained At Last is a survivor-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the United States through direct services and advocacy. They provide crucial legal and social services, always for free, to help women, girls and others in the U.S. to escape arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. At the same time, Unchained pushes for social, policy and legal change. The organization started and now leads a growing national movement to eliminate child marriage in every U.S. state and at the federal level. Since 2017, Unchained has been an Organization in Special Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Read more

A Botched Circumcision and Its Aftermath

by Gary Shteyngart

This article, posted to the website of The New Yorker magazine on October 4, 2021, is a "Personal History" essay that details the author's excruciating pain that started in 2020. The cause was his circumcision, which did not occur until he was 7 years old. At the time of publication he had seen several doctors, spent thousands of dollars in medical costs (even though he had excellent health insurance coverage), and his prognosis was to be in some amount of varying chronic pain for the rest of his life. Read more

A Forever Family: Fostering Change One Child at a Time

by Rob Scheer

In this inspirational memoir, Rob Scheer, the founder of the nonprofit organization Comfort Cases, tells his story of entering foster care at age 12 and his harrowing journey of survival, resilience, and determination. In the book, he shares his life experiences that led him and his husband to adopt their four children and sparked a determination to rebuild a broken system. A portion of the proceeds of this book are donated to Comfort Cases, which inspires communities to bring dignity and hope to children in foster care. Read more

You Are Your Own: A Reckoning with the Religious Trauma of Evangelical Christianity

by Jamie Lee Finch

Rooted in her experiences growing up in an Evangelical Christian family, Jamie Lee Finch’s “You Are Your Own” offers an overview of Evangelicalism and the painful confusion and anxiety experienced under its demands. Finch explores the mechanisms of trauma and how fundamentalist denominations match the patterns connected with PTSD. She elaborates on the doubt, guilt, fear, and grief that haunt those leaving the Evangelical faith and offers an approach to help them recover healthy self-worth and resilience. A socio-historical autobiographical analysis of Evangelical Christianity's religious trauma, “You Are Your Own” emerges from Finch's reconnaissance on her own life—her journals, her stories, her trauma—and offers advocacy for everyone harmed by fundamentalist faith. Jamie Lee Finch is a sexuality and embodiment coach, intuitive healer, self-conversation facilitator, sex witch, and poet. You can learn about Jamie’s work at Read more

Toxic Theology as a Contributing Factor in Complicated Mourning

by Terri Daniel

As an educator and spiritual caregiver to the bereaved, Terri Daniel, DMin, offers supportive companionship and spiritual healing tools for the grief journey. In this capacity, she has encountered certain theological mindsets that can disrupt psychological well-being, and in some cases lead to complicated mourning, depression, and even illness. This paper explores these “toxic theologies” and their relationship to complicated mourning while offering alternative perspectives and cosmologies that may be helpful in supporting grievers who face spiritual challenges. Read more

Childhood Spiritual Trauma

by Terri Daniel

In this paper, Terri Daniel, DMin, references the book "Breaking Their Will" by CFFP founder, Janet Heimlich. The paper was part of Daniel's doctoral coursework at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Read more


Yaffed is a nonprofit organization founded by individuals raised within Hasidic and Haredi communities, and is committed to improving secular education in Hasidic and Haredi schools. Since 2012, Yaffed has been the sole organization advocating for the educational rights of ultra-Orthodox children in New York. Without an education, yeshiva graduates are severely limited in work options and often are forced to rely on government aid to support themselves and their large families. Because they believe that all children deserve an education that provides them with opportunity and choice, Yaffed has been leading grassroots efforts towards educational reform in both the legislative front and the community. Read more