Brenda Polendey: A Smart, Brave Woman We’re Proud to Have on the Dumas Law Group Team

In our work and in our blog posts, we focus almost exclusively on the courage and character of our clients who are survivors of sexual abuse.  They’ve overcome tremendous odds and we’re proud to fight for them and represent them in their quest for justice. Every so often it’s important to recognize the heroines on […]

Boy Scouts Should Clean Up Their Act Before Admitting (More) Girls as Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America announced it will open its membership to girls beginning in 2018.  Families should demand more before signing up their daughters.  The Girl Scouts described the Boy Scouts’ decision in an official statement: The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire. Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and […]

Boy Scouts Knew About Calvin Malone’s Criminal Past and Re-Hired Him Anyway

When the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of American hired Calvin Malone in 1974, the Council knew Malone had been accused of child sexual abuse in 1970.  The 1970 allegations against Malone were serious enough that the national office of the Boy Scouts of America opened a file on Malone – a file […]

Catholic Priest Wanted in USA and Canada for Child Pornography Hides in Vatican

Monsignor Carlo Capella, a 50-year-old priest and diplomat in the Vatican’s foreign service, is safely hiding in the Vatican, despite two countries that want to arrest him on child pornography charges. Both the US and Canada have issues warrants for the priest’s arrest, but he is untouchable as long as he stays within the walls […]

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 […]

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