Training Opportunity for Lawyers Helping Sexual Abuse Survivors

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) will be offering a training session for lawyers who want to help sexual abuse survivors.  The training will be held on Monday, June 19th from 5-7 pm at Clackamas Women’s Services in Oregon City, Oregon. As a lawyer who has done pro bono work for the VRLC, I know […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Rely on Bible To Defend Themselves Against Sex Abuse Allegations

Private institutions do not like to be accused of allowing sex abuse of their children. Groups like the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America defend themselves against sex abuse claims by arguing they were ignorant what was happening or were fooled by their employees and volunteers who abused the children. The Jehovah’s Witnesses […]

Father Maurice Grammond — Oregon’s Serial Child Sex Predator

We recently filed the latest in a long string of claims against the Portland Archdiocese on behalf of an adult who was sexually abused as a young boy by Fr. Maurice Grammond. Grammond, who spent most of his years as a priest in Seaside, Oregon, has the reputation as Oregon’s most notorious pedophile. It didn’t […]

Dual Roles as Priest and Boy Scout Master Provided Easy Access to Children

Louis Brouillard served as a Catholic priest on the island of Guam from the 1940’s until 1981. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Agana in 1948. During his clerical tenure, he also served as a Boy Scout leader, giving him access to a wide range of children, Catholic and non-Catholic. Brouillard has publicly admitted […]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Case Goes to Trial

As a teenager, Stephanie Fessler was an active member of her local Jehovah Witnesses congregation.  That’s when she met Terry J. Monheim, an adult member of the church who befriended the then 14-year-old teen. According to court records, Fessler had met Monheim when she became friends with her children in 2002 or 2003. Monheim started […]

Utah Civil Rights Group Offers Assistance to Victims of Mormon Sexual Abuse

Restore Our Humanity, a Utah civil rights group, has announced a two-part initiative to assist those who have been sexually abused by member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  The ROH initiative intends to raise awareness of sexual abuse within the Mormon Church and provide assistance and support to survivors […]

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