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 […]

The Dire Consequences of “Passing the Trash” in Sexual Abuse Cases

The NY Times recently exposed how private schools handle allegations of sexual abuse. The story focused on how Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school, mishandled allegations of sexual abuse by teachers for decades. According to the Times, “For many years, when teachers at private schools were forced out over claims of sexual misconduct, […]

Hazing and Sex Assaults-Know the Difference!

Recently, the Associated Press published an important article on how the sexual assault of teenagers, particularly high school boys who participate in sports, is passed off as harmless hazing rituals. This “re-framing” is a dangerous phenomenon meant to minimize the trauma of sexual abuse in youth. In an odd way, it’s also a way for […]

Idaho Boy Scouts and LDS Lawsuit

© 2017 KTVB-TV BOISE – Five men who say they were sexually abused as kids while in the Boy Scouts of America are suing the organization and the Mormon Church because they say both groups fraudulently presented the Boy Scouts as a safe, wholesome activity for boys. The men filed the lawsuit in Boise’s U.S. […]

New Idaho Boy Scouts and LDS Church Sex Abuse Lawsuit

FOR RELEASE MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 PRESS CONFERENCE: 10:30 AM, MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017 Springhill Suites by Marriott Boise Parkcenter Address: 424 E. Parkcenter Blvd, Boise, ID 83706   Five Former Scouts File Sex Abuse Case Against  Boy Scouts of America and LDS Church  For More Information: Attorney Andrew Chasan: 208-345-3760; andrew.chasan@chasanwalton.com Attorney Gilion C. […]

Kentucky Police Explorer Sexual Abuse Lawsuit May Be the Tip of the Iceberg

A 22-year-old man identified only as “N.C.” in court documents filed a sexual abuse lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused as a teenager when he was a member of the Louisville Metro Police Youth Explorer Program. Explorers is an affiliate of Boy Scouts of America. The lawsuit names as Defendants the City of Louisville, the […]

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