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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Teens Sexting, Sharing Nude Photos a Sign of the Times That Could Lead to Criminal Charges

I was recently interviewed by KGW News, a Portland, Oregon NBC affiliate on the uptick in teen sexting and nude photo sharing. It’s a problem that is prevalent with seemingly little thought on the part of those participating in these behaviors as to the consequences of their behavior. As a sexual abuse survivor advocate and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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