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About G. R. Pafumi

G.R. Pafumi is a former financial engineer and consultant specializing in quantitative investment analysis and financial accounting. He developed risk analysis products for hedge funds and was the chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager of a São Paulo, Brazil based hedge fund. Mr. Pafumi has over 35 years experience as a security analyst and portfolio manager in domestic and international equities and derivatives (listed equity and index options). He was previously associated with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and HSBC Bank. Mr. Pafumi was the chief executive officer and founder of InvestmentMetrix Corp., a dot.com startup specializing in investment advice. His most recent website, VictimsSpeakDB.org, provides comprehensive and detailed statistical data about Catholic clergy sex abuse abuse in more than 45 countries worldwide. Mr. Pafumi received his B.S. degree in finance and engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has an M.S. degree in Quantitative Analysis as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has been cited in a variety of financial newspapers, investor magazines and engineering journals. He has appeared on the CNBC, CNN, NBC and PBS television networks. His only formal education in religion and theology is from nearly five years of rigorous study at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

VictimsSpeakDB.org is Now Closed; Future Research About Clergy Sex Abuse Will Be Published on the VictimsSpeakDB blog

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB closed its website on March 19 to focus on its blog.

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB closed its website on March 19, 2019. It had been available online for more than two years. The website closed when the licenses to the site expired. However, G.R. Pafumi, founder of VictimsSpeakDb.org, plans to maintain the two SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) databases, one covering the victims and the other covering clergy offenders. Mr. Pafumi will continue monitoring clergy abuse and report its results on the VictimsSpeakDB blog.

Mr. Pafumi said, “While I enjoyed doing the research and posting its results on the VictimsSpeakDb website, I found little interest in the data. Legislators and victims’ groups seem to be concentrating more on the personal aspects of abuse than a statistical analysis of it. I would think that legislators who are considering expanding the statute of limitation to report sex crimes against children would want to know how long it takes the average person to come forward and report a crime. This is not the case.”

VictimsSpeakDb.org will make its updated data available to those in need. He can reached at the VictimsSpeakDB blog website. A user only needs to make a query request or post a comment to any blog and Mr. Pafumi will reply. It is preferred for the user to leave his name and email address in a comment if he or she expects a timely reply. Mr. Pafumi also can also reached at VictimsSpeakDB@Outlook.com.

Victims and others interested in a chronology and history of sex abuse in the Catholic Church can purchase any of Mr. Pafumi’s four books about this subject on Amazon.com. Through the end of March, all four books will be offered at a substantial discount. As of April 1, 2019, all of G.R.Pafumi’s books will revert to their original list prices.

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility. Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015. 
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.

G.R. Pafumi
VictimsSpeakDB
+1 845-538-1892

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Announces That It is Closing its Website to Focus on its Blog

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org is closing its website to focus on its blog.

“The Roman Catholic Church can no longer exert its moral authority because it is has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. We are watching its demise in real time.”— G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 12, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org has decided to terminate its website. It has been in operation for more than two years. The website is scheduled to close on March 19, 2019, when the licenses to the site expire. However, G.R. Pafumi, founder of VictimsSpeakDb.org, plans to maintain the two SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) databases, one covering the victims and the other covering clergy offenders. Mr. Pafumi will continue monitoring clergy abuse and report its results on the VictimsSpeakDB blog.

VictimsSpeakDb.org will make its updated data available to those in need. He can reached at the VictimsSpeakDB blog website. A user only needs to post a comment to any blog and Mr. Pafumi will reply. It is necessary for the user to leave his name and email address in a comment if he or she expects a reply. Mr. Pafumi notes that all of the text, tables and graphs currently on the VictimsSpeakDb website are downloadable. Any user who need to download information off of the site, needs to do it before March 19, 2019.

Mr. Pafumi said, “While I enjoyed doing the research and posting its results on the VictimsSpeakDb website, I found little interest in the data. Legislators and victims’ groups seem to be concentrating more on the personal aspects of abuse than a statistical analysis of it. I would think that legislators who are considering expanding the statute of limitation to report sex crimes against children would want to know how long it takes the average person to come forward and report a crime. This is not the case.”

Victims and others interested in a chronology and history of sex abuse in the Catholic Church can purchase any of Mr. Pafumi’s four books about this subject on Amazon.com. Through the end of March, all four books will be offered at a substantial discount:

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility. Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015. 
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.

G.R. Pafumi
VictimsSpeakDB
+1 845-538-1892

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Announces That It is Going Off the Air, Actually the Internet

Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org is going off the air, actually the internet.

“The Roman Catholic Church can no longer exert its moral authority because it is has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. We are watching its demise in real time.”— G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Due to limited interest in statistical data about clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org has decided to terminate its website. It has been in operation for more than two years. The website is scheduled to close on March 19, 2019, when the licenses to the site expire. However, G.R. Pafumi, founder of VictimsSpeakDb.org, plans to maintain the two SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) databases, one covering the victims and the other covering clergy offenders. Mr. Pafumi will continue monitoring clergy abuse and report its results on the VictimsSpeakDB blog.

Mr. Pafumi said, “While I enjoyed doing the research and posting its results on the VictimsSpeakDb website, I found little interest in the data. Legislators and victims’ groups seem to be concentrating more on the personal aspects of abuse than a statistical analysis of it. I would think that legislators who are considering expanding the statute of limitation to report sex crimes against children would want to know how long it takes the average person to come forward and report a crime. This is not the case.”

VictimsSpeakDb.org will make its updated data available to those in need. He can reached at the VictimsSpeakDB blog website. A user only needs to post a comment to any blog and Mr. Pafumi will reply. It is necessary for the user to leave his name and email address in a comment if he or she expects a reply. Mr. Pafumi notes that all of the text, tables and graphs currently on the VictimsSpeakDb website are downloadable. Any user who need to download information off of the site, needs to do it before March 19, 2019.

Victims and others interested in a chronology and history of sex abuse in the Catholic Church can purchase any of Mr. Pafumi’s four books about this subject on Amazon.com. Through the end of February, all four books will be offered at a substantial discount:

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility. Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015. 
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle Original List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.

G.R. Pafumi
VictimsSpeakDB.org
+1 845-538-1892

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Launches Book Promotion in Anticipation of Vatican’s Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse February 21-24, 2019

In anticipation of Vatican’s Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse, February 21-24, 2019, VictimsSpeakDB Books and Amazon.com will be offering an exclusive book promotion.

“The Roman Catholic Church can no longer exert its moral authority because it is has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. We are watching its demise in real time.”
— G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 29, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Presidents and other representatives of the world’s nearly 130 bishops’ conferences will gather in Rome next month for a summit on clergy sex abuse. Many experts are predicting it will be the most-covered Vatican event since the last papal election in 2013. The central issue the summit will address is, “The Protection of Minors in the Church.” Victim/survivors of abuse by clergy as well as members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors will attend the summit. In anticipation of Vatican’s Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse, February 21-24, 2019, VictimsSpeakDB Books and Amazon.com will be offering an exclusive promotion on G.R. Pafumi’s four books covering the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church globally. From today and through the entire month of February, all four of Pafumi’s books on Catholic clergy sex abuse and the history of the Church will be offered at substantially reduced prices.

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility (Volume 1). Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 70%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015. 
Kindle List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 80%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle List Price: $9.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 80%.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are presently going through a crisis of papal proportions in many parts of the world. In January of 2018, Francis accused victims in Chile of calumny against a bishop who protected sex offenders in the Church. In August of 2018, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing abuse of over 1,000 minors by more than 300 Catholic clergy. A recent study noted that over the course of 65 years (1945 and 2010), 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries covered up sexual abuse. Another recent study documented the abuse of 3,677 minors by 1,670 priests and other clerics in Germany between 1946 and 2014.

Pafumi’s four (4) books about clergy abuse delve into abuse worldwide They are, in part, based upon the research he compiled for the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database. The database has thus far tracked the abuse of more than 17,000 minors and vulnerable adults by nearly 3,700 clerics in 55 countries. But his books not only report the hard facts (data and its analysis), but also the history of abuse by Catholic clergy and its cover-up by bishops, including the Bishop of Rome, the Pope himself. In “Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes,” Pafumi describes how the last six popes did practically nothing to deal with this problem. The book covers the protection given to Father Julio Cesar Grassi by Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergogli, now known as Pope Francis. Bergoglio’s secret intervention with judges after Grassi’s conviction is believed to be, at least in part, the reason that Grassi, despite a 15-year sentence, remained free for years pending the outcomes of his many appeals. Grassi finally was sent to prison in September 2013, more than a decade after he was first charged, following the rejection of his third appeal. In the interim, he was free to abuse more children.

Pafumi’s books provide a comprehensive history of clergy abuse and a description of a Church under fire worldwide. His books are available at a substantial discount through the end of February 2018 on Amazon.com. Anyone requiring a PDF copy of any of the four books should fill out the Contact Us form on the VictimsSpeakDB.org website.

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+1 845-538-1892

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The Global Cover-Up of Clergy Abuse by the Catholic Church: Why Justice for the Victims Demands Retroactive Legislation

The Catholic Church has systematically covered up abuse of children and vulnerable adults for years. The statute of limitations has long past for many victims.

The Roman Catholic Church can no longer insist on its moral authority because it is has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. We are watching its demise in real time.”  — G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Catholic Church has systematically covered up sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults for decades. For a substantial number of victims, the statute of limitations (SOL) has long past for them to file a claim and receive restitution for their pain and suffering. Historically, victims have been reluctant to come forward. But this has changed with the vastly increased public awareness of child abuse. Now victims are coming forward en masse, driven by such events as reporting by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team in 2002 and the 2018 Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania. There is a growing need for retroactive legislation (a look-back period) which will allow victims a limited time to file claims and receive restitution for past abuse. Some of the victims were octogenarians when they first came forward. The Catholic Church actively opposes such look-back legislation. Thus far, nine states have enacted retroactive legislation. The results speak for themselves. California enacted look-back legislation in 2002. More than 1,000 victims came forward. Abuse by Catholic clergy accounted for 850 of those victims.

VictimsSpeakDB.org has compiled a database of nearly 7,000 persons who were abused (as children in most cases) by more than 3,600 Catholic clergy. The data shows that abuse by Catholic clergy has substantially declined since the 1980s. However, the disclosure of that abuse has become a 21st century phenomenon, triggered initially by The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team in 2002. In early 2018, Pope Francis accused abuse victims in Chile of calumny. The victims accused an archbishop of covering up for the worst clergy offender in Chilean history. In August 2018, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury found that over 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children over the last half-century. The Church’s administration, its bishops and cardinals, is now under attack internationally for shielding sex offenders of minors and vulnerable adults.

The single year 2002 accounts for more accusations of abuse than any other period, surpassing accusations made between 1990 and 1993 by 50%, the second highest period in the database. The average victim’s last year of abuse was between 1980 and 1985. However, the average age those victims who first reported their abuse has risen steadily from 15 years old to 50 years old between 1980 and 2018. As the number of victims reporting abuse escalated in the 1990s, and thereafter, the average age of the victims has increased steadily and simultaneously. The data indicates that most of the abuse occurred prior to 1990, beyond the statute of limitations (SOL) in many states. Many victims will never get justice unless the SOL is extended retroactively, giving historic victims a chance to obtain justice, restitution and closure. The Church know this, which is why it actively and aggressively opposes look-back legislation while not opposing expanding the SOL for current and future offenses.

According to the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability, and Silence) database, used as the source material for the VictimsSpeakDB.org website, the peak year for the last incident of abuse was 1979. This year is the peak for both total victims and male victims (males account for 81% of the victims). Female abuse peaked in 1969, a decade earlier. Based on the last incident of abuse, not the year it was first reported, the typical age of the victims when they first reported their abuse declined from more than 40 years old in 1973, to under 30 years old beginning in 1985. The average number of years it took victims to come forward, based on the last incidents of abuse, fell from more than 30 years in 1972, to less than 20 years beginning in 1981, less than a decade later. The data strongly suggests that as time progresses, victims take much less time to report their abuse and that they report the abuse at younger and younger ages.

Because so much of the reporting of abuse is event driven, the year 2002 for first report dominates the distribution. The years 2016-2017 also show a spike in reporting as the state of Minnesota and the territory of Guam enacted look-back legislation. The typical year of first report for victims whose last incident was between 1940 and 1995 was the year 2000 or 2001. By 1996, the average year jumps to 2002 and continues to increase. By 2005, the average year to first report was 2010, suggesting that victims are reporting their abuse more quickly in the 21st century as compared with the 20th century. This data provides additional evidence that expansion of the SOL is necessary for many victims of abuse years or decades earlier. The Catholic Church does not seem to oppose expanding the SOL because most of the more recent victims are reporting their abuse within the time limits of the current SOLs that are already in place.

As many as 45 states have asked for assistance from Pennsylvania authorities in their investigations of clergy sex offenders. Some states have set up hotlines for victims. Over 1,450 calls have been received by the Pennsylvania hotline with many of the contacts providing information not previously known to state investigators. A major problem with ongoing state reviews is that much of the abuse now being discovered occurred so long ago that existing time restrictions on charging such crimes have either expired or the suspect priests have died. Only two of the 300 priests identified in the Pennsylvania grand jury report involved abuse allegations that occurred within current SOL limitation restrictions. This reality points to the same conclusion. Retroactive legislation is necessary for a significant number of historic victims to obtain justice, restitution, and closure.

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Data Infers Suicide Rates Among Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse Exceed 50 Times the General Population

Out of a possible 100,000 victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in U.S., more than 725 will never be heard from again. These are suicides, not drug overdoses.

Victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse have a 50 times higher incidence of suicide than the general population. The bishops who covered up for clergy sex offenders seemed oblivious or indifferent.”
 — G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 13, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Since 1950, the number of victims of Catholic clergy sex abuse in the United States is estimated to be approximately 100,000. VictimsSpeakDB.org has identified over 6,600 of those victims. These victims have provided sufficient detail to be included in the SACADDAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database. Of those 6,600 victims, 48 have successfully committed suicide, most likely because of their abuse. Compared to the general population, the rate of suicide among Catholic clergy abuse victims is 50 times higher. Here is the data.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 21 males and 6 females successfully commit suicide per 100,000 of population. Collectively, 13 people kill themselves per 100,000 of U.S. population. The CDC data is for the year 2016 and is age-adjusted to account for changes in the distribution of the population by age. This adjustment makes the data compatible with prior years when the age of the population was distributed differently. The CDC also identified victims who committed suicide at the age of 10 or older between 2014 and 2016. According to the CDC in this survey, 25 males and 7 females successfully commit suicide per 100,000 of population. Collectively, 15 people kill themselves per 100,000 of U.S. population.

Out of 6,600 victims included in the SACCADAS database, 44 male and 4 females purposely ended their lives. Extrapolating to 100,000 possible abuse victims in the United States suggests that more than 830 males and 300 females have already committed suicide or will commit suicide at some point in the future. Together this works out to 725 victims per 100,000 of population. Compared to CDC age-adjusted data for 2016, male clergy abuse victims are 39 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, female clergy abuse victims 51 times more likely. Overall, all clergy victims are 54 times more likely. Compared to CDC data for 2014-2016 (of victims 10 years old or older), male clergy abuse victims are 34 times more likely to commit suicide than the general population, female clergy abuse victims 44 times more likely. Overall, all clergy abuse victims are 47 times more likely.

The comparison made by VictimsSpeakDB.org should be considered a rough estimate. It may be comparing apples and oranges. Recognize that most individuals in the United States are not victims of abuse or depression. It is to be expected that suicide rates would be low. Victims of Catholic clergy abuse, or abuse of any kind for that matter, would likely be more prone to use suicide as a way to escape their pain. In any event, the data strongly suggests that priests and other clergy who abuse victims, usually kids, place the victims at a substantially higher risk of suicide at some point. The period when suicides take place is widely distributed by year and age.

The 48 victims of suicide included in the SCCCADAS database resided in four countries. As previously noted, there were 44 male and 4 female suicides. The youngest suicides were 12 years old; three suicides. There was one suicide each for the ages 13, 14 and 15 years old. The oldest suicide was 63 years old. There was also one suicide for the age 56 and two for age 50. The earliest known suicide among victims included in the SACCADAS database occurred in 1971. The last suicide occurred in 2017. There were two suicides in 2017, one in 2016, and one in 2015. With all of the resources available to victims today to get them into therapy, it is most disconcerting that some victims still view suicide as the only option to end their pain.

The bishops who covered up for clergy sex offenders seemed oblivious or indifferent to the pain. Victims need therapy, not legal fights. The Church needs to stop fighting the victims and take ownership of the problems it created not only by the abuse, but also by the cover-up of that abuse. Denying victims therapy and/or restitution may lead to an early death, i.e. suicide. With an age range when victims committed suicide from as low as 12 to as old as 63, it is never too early or too late to get victims into therapy.

Most recently, the Archdiocese of Agana (Guam) announced it was filing for bankruptcy. It said it would not follow the Milwaukee approach. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee challenged the validity of each of the more than 570 claims on legal grounds. The Milwaukee bankruptcy took four years to complete. The victims got $15 million, their lawyers, $7 million. The Church spent $23 million on the litigation. That $15 million works out to about $26,000 per victim. A victim can’t buy a whole lot of therapy for $26,000. The Church in Milwaukee was dealing in bad faith with the victims. The $23 million it spent on litigation to defend itself makes my point. Had it just settled the matter, the victims could have gotten twice as much cash.

The Roman Catholic Church can no longer assert its moral authority. It has become an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral. What happened in Milwaukee was immoral. The Church in Guam is using the bankruptcy process to circumvent a recent Guam law which eliminated the statute of limitations in civil cases. This is immoral, although perfectly legal. This is a Church acting in bad faith with victims. Perhaps it ought to consider the victims who killed themselves. How many more need to die before the Church acts responsibly? Cardinal Timothy Dolan spent $177 million on a facelift for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He spent less than $60 million on his archdiocese’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program. The 278 victims got a mere $215,000 each (before legal fees). This is a paltry sum for a lifetime of pain and certainly insufficient to a grieving parent who has had to bury a child after a suicide. Is the Church about monuments or people? Its historic record is not encouraging.

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Launches Book Promotion to Coincide With Its New Study of Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

To help victims better understand why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB has launched a book promotion on Amazon.com.

SPRING VALLEY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — In an effort to help victims better understand how and why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Catholic Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org and G. R. Pafumi have announced a Kindle Countdown Deal/book promotion. For one week, between September 18 and September 25, all four of Pafumi’s books on Catholic clergy sex abuse and the history of the Church will be offered at substantially reduced prices. The promotion coincides with the release of Pafumi’s comprehensive study of abuse in Pennsylvania, including new disclosures made in a recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury report.

• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility (Volume 1). Print Length: 515 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, February 19, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $7.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 63%.
• Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Print Length: 360 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, May 1, 2018.
Kindle List Price: $7.99. Promotion Price: $2.99. Discount: 63%.
• Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church. Print Length: 615 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 28, 2015.
Kindle List Price: $4.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 60%.
• Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers. Print Length: 458 pages. Publisher: VictimsSpeakDB Books, June 29, 2015.
Kindle List Price: $4.99. Promotion Price: $1.99. Discount: 60%.

Pope Francis and the Catholic Church are presently going through a crisis of papal proportions in many parts of the world. In January of this year, Francis accused victims in Chile of calumny against a bishop who protected sex offending clerics. Last month, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing abuse of over 1,000 minors by more than 300 Catholic clergy. A recent study noted that over the course of 65 years (1945 and 2010), 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries covered up sexual abuse. Another recent study documented the abuse of 3,677 minors by 1,670 priests and other clerics in Germany between 1946 and 2014. How is the Church reacting?

In Iowa, a bishop invited all local parishes to pray and fast each Friday in September. In Pennsylvania, a bishop is asking clergy to fast and abstain from meat, and have a Holy Hour of prayer. Recently, Pope Francis claimed that the devil is working to uncover the sins of bishops so that they will be visible and a cause of scandal. The Pope even asserted that sexual abuse never happened in his diocese when he was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Denial, prayers, fasting, the devil? The only way to deal with the Church is law enforcement. The people of Chile figured this out. The Chilean government requested that the Vatican share canonical documents related to nine clergy accused of sex crimes. The Vatican did not turn over the requested documents. On September 13, 2018, the Chilean national police raided the offices of dioceses in Concepción, Valparaíso, Chillán and Osorno in its investigation into sex crimes against minors committed by Catholic clergy.

Pafumi’s four (4) books about clergy abuse delve into abuse worldwide They are, in part, based upon the research he compiled for the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database. The database has thus far tracked the abuse of 15,000 minors and vulnerable adults by 3,500 clerics in 52 countries. But his books not only report the hard facts (data and its analysis), but also the history of abuse by Catholic clergy and coverup by bishops, including the Bishop of Rome, the Pope himself. In “Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes,” Pafumi covers the protection given to Father Julio Cesar Grassi by Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergogli, now known as Pope Francis. Bergoglio’s secret intervention with judges after Grassi’s conviction is believed to be at least in part the reason that Grassi, despite a 15-year sentence, remained free for years pending the outcomes of his many appeals. Grassi finally was sent to prison in September 2013, more than a decade after he was first charged, following the rejection of his third appeal. In the interim, he was free to abuse more kids.

Pafumi’s books provide a comprehensive history of clergy abuse and a description of a Church under fire worldwide, with limited prospects for recovery. His books are available at a substantial discount over the next seven (7) days on Amazon.com. The promotion is available in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Anyone requiring a PDF copy should fill out the Contact Us form on the VictimsSpeakDB.org website.

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VictimsSpeakDB.org Releases Comprehensive Study of Clergy Sex Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in Pennsylvania

Clergy Confessing His Sins in Vatican

VictimsSpeakDB.org has released a comprehensive study of clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania, including abuse data recently disclosed by a Pennsylvania Grand Jury.

SPRING VALLEY, NY, UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VictimsSpeakDB.org has released a comprehensive study of Catholic clergy abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in Pennsylvania. The SACCADAS DB (database) Profiler for the state of Pennsylvania can be viewed on the VictimsSpeak.org website. It can also be downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the icon on the top left side of the page. The study of abuse in Pennsylvania can be viewed also on the VictimsSpeak.org website and downloaded as a PDF file by clicking on the icon on the top left side of the page. Following are its key findings:

• Of the 341 Pennsylvania clerics included in the clergy section of the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database, 74 (22%) continued to abuse minors even after they had been identified as sex offenders. No bishop has resigned or was removed in Pennsylvania for covering up child abuse.
• The Church in Pennsylvania knew for at least three quarters of a century, as far back as the 1940s, that priests were abusing minors. For example, an adult male notified the Diocese of Pittsburg in 1944 of sex abuse by Father Joseph Ganter. It involved at least three boys aged 13 to 15. Ganter retired from the priesthood in 1964, two decades later. Neither the Church or Ganter’s bishop ever disciplined him or held him accountable for the sexual abuse of least seven (7) boys.
• The Harrisburg and Greensburg dioceses asked a Pennsylvania court in 2017 to stop a grand jury from investigating sex abuse allegations at six dioceses in Pennsylvania.
• Nearly all of the victims in Pennsylvania (97.4%) are over 29 years old (30+ years). Under current laws, they do not qualify to sue the Church civilly for the abuse they suffered. Expanding the time to come forward (statute of limitations) to age 50 could potentially leave over half the victims without recourse.
• Over 25% of the victims reported their abuse prior to 1990 and nearly half prior to Y2K. This is two years before the Spotlight Team at The Boston Globe made international headlines with revelations of pervasive abuse of minors in the Boston archdiocese. Had the bishops in Pennsylvania dealt with this problem as it arose, there would have been no need for Grand Jury investigations (there were four) in Pennsylvania.
• Nearly 28% (more than a quarter) of victims first reported their abuse in the 2000-2004 time period, coinciding with the Spotlight Team coverage of clergy abuse in Boston. Nearly three quarters of victims first reported their abuse in the 2000-2004 time period or before. In Pennsylvania, the peak decade of abuse was the 1980s. Prior to the 1990s, the number of victims who first reported their abuse is significantly lower than the number of victims who were last abused. After 1990, the opposite is true.
• Over 95% of the victims in Pennsylvania, according to the victims included in the SACCADAS database, were abused in the last century. Less than 5% were last abused after the beginning of Y2K.
• Former altar boys represented 1 out of 4 male victims.
• Over 12% of victims were plied with drugs or alcohol prior to their abuse. Almost 6% of victims were exposed to pornography prior to or as part of their abuse. About 2½% of victims were photographed pornographically.
• Over 7% of victims were molested by more than one cleric.
• Nearly 5% of victims contemplated suicide. Five (5) victims successfully committed suicide.
• Six (6) victims were disabled or mentally challenged.
• Over 16% of female victims were either raped or coerced into vaginal sex.
• Not a single female reported the use of condoms during the vaginal sex. Three (3) percent of females (4 girls) became pregnant.
• More than 13% of male victims claimed they were anally raped. Not a single male indicated the use of condoms during anal sex.
• Over 17% of victims claimed oral sex was involved, either as a giver or a receiver. This percentage is probably also understated. However, 58% of victims claimed the abuse included fondling/touching, including masturbation. This statistic is in line with other research.

In an effort to help victims better understand how and why their abuse was covered up for so long by the Church, VictimsSpeakDB.org has made arrangements with Amazon.com to offer, for a limited time, G.R. Pafumi’s books about clergy abuse at substantially discounted prices. Between today, September 18th, the day the study is being released, until Tuesday September 25th, all four (4) of Mr. Pafumi’s books will be available in Kindle format for $1.99 or $2.99 on Amazon.com. Anyone requiring a PDF copy should fill out the Contact Us form on the VictimsSpeakDB.org website.

G.R. Pafumi
VictimsSpeakDB.org
8455381892

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Amazon Hot New Releases in Child Advocacy Law, Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus

What a nice surprise. Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes is ranked #13 in a new group, Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Law > Family & Health Law > Child Advocacy. Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility is ranked #20 in the same category. My prior book on clergy abuse is getting attention too from my new releases. Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers is ranked #42. Perhaps the lawmakers in Albany will read one of my books and finally, after more than one decade, pass the Child Victims Act.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/digital-text/156957011/ref=zg_b_hnr_156957011_1

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes by [Pafumi, G.R.]

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Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus: Untethered Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church, on sale at Amazon.com, in print and e-book

E-books on sale for $2.99 while print copies are priced at $12.99 on Amazon.com.

The Catholic Church cannot assert its moral authority because it is an institution controlled by men who are intrinsically immoral.””  — G.R. Pafumi

SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 15, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — VictimsSpeakDB Books and G.R. Pafumi are pleased to announce a substantial price reduction on his recent two-volume series, Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus. The series includes Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility (Volume 1) and Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus, Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes. Also on sale is Pafumi’s first book on abuse, Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers.

Pafumi notes there is pending legislation in New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Georgia to extend the statute of limitations for sex crimes perpetrated against children. For victims of Catholic clergy abuse, the most important element of the potential legislation is the so-called look-back window. These windows give victims of abuse the opportunity to seek restitution for sex crimes committed against them by Catholic clergy years or decades in the past. The offenders were often protected by the Church’s hierarchy. Pafumi states the purpose of this book promotion is to get his work on clergy abuse into the hands of as many people as possible. He wishes to provide the research and data to demonstrate the importance of enacting pending legislation.

Pafumi is the founder of VictimsSpeakDB.org, a public website which provides comprehensive and detailed statistical data about Catholic clergy sex abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in 50 countries on six continents. It is the conduit for the proprietary SACCADAS database, which Pafumi designed and created. SACCADAS: Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence. The database and website use statistical inference to analyze patterns of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The database is based on first-hand accounts of abuse committed by 3,200 Catholic clergy, mostly priests, on 12,000 victims.

From now through the end of June, all three books will be sold at $2.99 for the e-book versions and $12.99 for the print hard copies. After June, the books will revert to $9.99 for the e-book versions and $14.99 for the print hard copies. Pafumi hopes legislators and victims will take advantage of this book promotion and become better informed about “crimen pessimum.” This from the Vatican’s instruction, Crimen sollicitationis, the crime of solicitation. “The term crimen pessimum [‘the foulest crime’] is here understood to mean any external obscene act, gravely sinful, perpetrated or attempted by a cleric…Equated with the crimen pessimum, with regard to penal effects, is any external obscene act, gravely sinful, perpetrated or attempted by a cleric in any way with pre-adolescent children [impuberes] of either sex or with brute animals (bestialitas).” Pafumi concludes, “It is high time that clergy offenders get punished for their crimes and that the Church make restitution to the victims it has harmed.

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus by G. R. Pafumi
Volume II: Clergy Sex Abuse, The Indifference of the Last Six Popes
Publication Date: May 2, 2018
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 358 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1983642760, ISBN-10: 1983642762

Inhumanity in the Name of Jesus by G. R. Pafumi
Volume I: Pain and Suffering, Aftermath of the Catholic Church’s Belief in its Own Infallibility
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 514 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1547152223 ISBN-10: 1547152222

Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Trade Paperback; $14.99; 456 pages; Kindle Edition; $9.99
ISBN-13: 978-1511887168 ISBN-10: 1511887168

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