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The verdict capped a monthlong trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s.

If you or someone you know is experiencing financial abuse, please call Supporters of Abuse Free Environments at 406-363-4600 for resources and support.

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The Montana Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously reversed $35 million in damages against the Jehovah's Witnesses, ruling the church did not violate Montana's mandatory reporting statute when it did not report child sexual abuse by a Thompson Falls congregation member to local authorities.

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Editor’s note: In this series of profiles, four men with Montana connections describe their experiences, and the lifelong aftermath, of being sexually abused by leaders in the Boy Scouts of America. Several of the men are identified by initials. The Billings Gazette has a policy of not naming the victims of sexual crimes unless they wish to be named. The identities of the men using initials have been verified with their attorneys. 

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