Idaho and its Sex Offender Registry is Flawed, But Constitutional

John Melbane has a long history of abusing children in Arizona and Idaho, where is has been incarcerated since 1993. But Melbane does not show up on Idaho’s sex offender registry. Earlier this month, Melbane’s younger brother testified at his parole hearing, asking the parole board to deny Melbane’s release. Mike Melbane was one of […]

First Male Athlete Comes Forward in Larry Nassar Sex Abuse Scandal

For the first time, a male gymnast has come forward to accuse Dr. Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA gymnastics physician sentenced to prison for the sexual abuse of, up until now, female athletes. Jacob Moore, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Michigan and former member of the U.S. men’s junior national gymnastics team, has […]

Idaho Priest Arrested for Child Porn and Drugs Now Faces Sexual Abuse Allegation

Sadly, it comes as no surprise that Father William Thomas Faucher now faces an allegation of sexual abuse.  Prosecutors have noted that Faucher’s online activity included “desires to rape and kill children,” as well as collecting hundreds of images of child pornography. While the Diocese of Boise claimed in its initial press release that there […]

Oregon State Senator Faces Sexual Harassment Allegations from Colleagues

Oregon state senator Jeff Kruse is the latest powerful male to face sexual harassment allegations.  Several co-workers and professional colleagues, including two fellow state senators, have accused the Republican office holder of sexual harassment. The two senators making the charges are Senators Sara Gelser and Elizabeth Steiner Hayward. A report issued by an independent investigator […]

Workplace Sexual Harassment

Every day there are new stories of Hollywood heavyweights, titans of media, and politicians accused of sexual harassment. Lately, these allegations are quickly followed by some sort or admission of guilt and a resignation or firing. What started with Harvey Weinstein has snowballed, as big shots fall left and right, including Bill O’Reilly (Fox News), […]

Independent Investigation of Prep School Finds More Sex Abuse

St. Paul’s, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, faces more bad news about its history of sexual abuse of students. The prep school released an independent report that documents allegations of abuse going back decades, involving at least 18 previously unidentified teachers and school employees. St. Paul’s requested the investigation last year, following reports about […]

Boy Scouts Must Do More Than Apologize that Abuse Happened

Talk is cheap. Only action proves sincerity and integrity. While Boy Scouts of America publicly apologize that sexual abuse happened in its program — to our clients and others — BSA denies responsibility for the abuse of children in Scouts or for the lasting harm resulting from the abuse. As the attorney for six women […]

Harvey Weinstein Sexual Harassment Scandal Puts Confidentiality Agreements Back in Spotlight

The rash of allegations concerning Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment of women has resurrected the debate over non-disclosure agreements or confidentiality clauses in financial settlements. The latest high-profile instance of such an agreement surfaced late last week when it was reported that in January, former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly paid $32 million in a confidential […]

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 […]

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