Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Scandals.

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      The Catholic Church has been at the center of sexual abuse accusations in the United States and around the world for decades, with the first significant US media coverage emerging in the 1980s. Sporadic subsequent allegations followed, and reached a new level with a major exposé of widespread abuse in the Boston area published in 2002. The resulting scandal spread to other dioceses, sparking various investigations, and drew attention from the highest levels of the Catholic Church. However, official church response to the crisis was widely criticized as ineffective, and the scope of the scandal continued to grow through the 2010s, especially as several cover-up attempts were revealed.