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On Thursday religion reporters discussed sexual abuse in faith groups at the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference. It's not just happening in Catholic circles.

Sexual Abuse: Beyond the Catholic Church

On Thursday at the annual Religion Newswriters Association conference, religion reporters discussed sexual abuse in faith groups. It’s not just happening in Catholic circles. William Bowen of Silent Lamb Inc., Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, of Liberty University School of Law and Candice Conti, a sexual abuse survivor, spoke to journalists about the issue.

About Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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