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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 12/ 3/2010

'WikiLeaked,' Notre Dame sex assault case, missing Catholic priests and more

By Melissa Bell
Ines Sainz
Two boys protest outside Boston's Cathedral of the Holy Cross in April 2002. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Morning leaks to dive into:

WikiLeaks has moved to Sweden. After a round of attacks on its domain, the Web site has switched Internet allegiance to a Swiss domain name, instead of

To keep up on the discoveries of the cables, Foreign Policy has launched "WikiLeaked," a detailed blog that looks into exactly what the cables reveal.

Over the next few weeks (and perhaps months) -- as WikiLeaks dribbles out secret and sensitive documents on everything from the dating habits of world leaders to the prospects of political reform in Zimbabwe -- we'll be mining the site for nuggets of gold, providing context and making connections between people, places, and events.

Tragic follow-up story:

News broke in November of Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, a grinning freshman in photographs, who died of a suspected drug overdose days after reporting a sexual assault by a classmate at Notre Dame. The Web site Jezebel this week linked to Roger Canaff, a prosecutor who took to his blog to write a harsh critique of how the school handled the case.

That's why I'm trying to understand why Notre Dame, the world-class, excellent institution where you were attacked, has reacted the way it has. I don't know why campus police didn't turn over a case file to the St. Joseph's County prosecutor's office until just several days ago- after your case became national news and your hometown paper began demanding answers. Nor do I understand what's behind the school's refusal to release police records regarding what they know about what happened to you- even to your parents.

Post story to read today. The disappearing priests:

Ten years after the clergy sex abuse scandal first exploded in the United States, lawsuits have been settled, reports issued, policies overhauled. But even as the crisis has shifted to Europe and the Vatican prepares to issue new guidelines on how to handle sex abuse cases, something glaring is missing in this country: the accused priests.

The Post's Michelle Boorstein and William Wan seek out those missing priests to find out what happened to them.


Video to watch today:

Hans Rosling, a professor of Global Health in Sweden, uses augmented reality animation to tell the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers in four minutes. It's an insanely good visualization of how life expectancy and income have changed since 1810.

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I find it interesting that the media continues to concentrate on the abuse by Catholics. The statistics show that married protestant ministers and school teachers have a higher abuse rate.

In the last data available, U.S. insurance companies paid on 260-270 abuse claims per year. While for Catholics it is 6-7 per year.

I suspect part of the reason is the insurance situation. Catholic churchs are self insured. Therefore, a victum must go through the courts to collect. In the case of Protestant churchs and schools, the insurance companies make the payments and require silence in order to receive the money.

For more info. here's some links.

Posted by: dan68 | December 4, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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