Guam Court Rejects Boy Scouts Brief in Sex Abuse Cases

Nearly 100 sex abuse lawsuits in Guam involving the Catholic Church and over 50 involving the Boy Scouts are really heating up. At least 55 cases (with more being filed every week) arise out of alleged abuse by Father Louis Brouillard, a former Catholic priest and Scoutmaster. In one of the cases against the Catholic […]

Court Rejects Assemblies of God’s Motion to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit

Last week, an Oregon trial Court ruled against the national office of the Assemblies of God church on its motion to dismiss the claims against it in a sex abuse case we filed against it in 2016. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time the General Council of the Assemblies of […]

Former Catholic Priest and Convicted Rapist Paul Shanley was Released from Prison

Notorious pedophile and convicted rapist Paul Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts on Friday, July 28, 2017, after serving 12 years of his 12 – 15 year sentence. Shanley was convicted in 2005 of rape and indecent assault and battery for molesting a boy under 14. While those were the […]

West Virginia Court Ruling a Huge Victory for Mormon Abuse Victims

The West Virginia Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling allowing victims of Mormon sexual abuse to continue their fight for justice in court. The lawsuit alleges that high ranking Mormon officials covered up for a serial sexual predator in sexual abuse cases involving multiple states. The ruling stated that there was evidence that high-ranking […]

USA Gymnastics Doc, Accused of Molesting Female Athletes, Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics physician accused of sexually abusing more than 100 young female gymnasts, has pled guilty to 3 counts of child pornography.  Nassar agreed to the plea agreement after federal officials made it a condition of dropping their charges against him for abusing four girls. This doesn’t mean Nassar is finished […]

7th Day Adventists Ignored Claims of Teacher’s Sexual Abuse

Leaders of the 7th Day Adventists ignored warnings and repeated complaints about one of their own teachers. Now their lack of action has been made public in a civil sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the church on behalf of one of Douglas “John” Allison’s victims. Allison was arrested last year in Sequim, WA for sexually […]

As Legislative Term Draws to an End, Governor Cuomo Offers His Own Child Victims Act Bill

With a little less than a week before the New York state legislative session draws to a close, Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent his own version of the Child Victims Act to the legislature.  The last minute maneuver had been anticipated by advocacy groups but nevertheless caught some observers in Albany by surprise as the […]

An Abuse Survivor’s Tale

Peter Marghella, a US Navy medical officer, recalls sitting in his tent in the sweltering heat of Bahrain during the Gulf War, unable to cope with the increasing panic attacks that came over him like tidal waves: I took out the pistol and I cocked it and I put it in my mouth. I was […]

Oregon DHS Head Resigns

Oregon’s Director of Child Welfare, Lena Alhusseini, has resigned from her post less than a year after she assumed the position at the state Department of Human Services.  She will remain with the agency until September, although move to the human resource department’s diversity recruitment wing. DHS has come under intense scrutiny in the past […]

Explorer Scout Sexual Abuse Isn’t a New Problem and It’s Not Going Away

Because of the number of Explorer Scout sex abuse cases our firm handles, Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Andrew Wolfson recently interviewed me for background material on the problem of the sexual abuse of youth Explorer Scouts by police officers supposedly serving as their trusted mentors. The interview was extensive and Wolfson wrote an excellent and thorough […]

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