Sexual Assault — A Growing National Problem

Whether sexual assaults have always occurred but never reported is open for debate. What isn’t debatable is the epidemic volume of reported sexual assaults reported nationwide. Such reports do not favor one age group, race, sex, or socio-economic class. What is clear is that the number of reported sexual assaults is up and way up. […]

Frank Ward — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

On June 5, 1989, Frank Ward, an “MC” in Troop S0035 in Oregon pled guilty to sexual abuse in the second degree. He was sentenced to probation for a period of five years. As part of the sentencing, Ward was not to have any contact with children. While the Boy Scouts’ Perversion Files provide scant […]

Russ Williams — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Russ Williams’ Boy Scouts of America Perversion File or Ineligible Volunteer File dates back to July 5, 1989, when he was convicted of sodomy in the first degree. As a 47-year-old married man living in Oregon City, Oregon, Russ Williams appeared to be the ideal Boy Scout volunteer until his dark history was brought to […]

Roy S. Wilson — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Rev. Wilson was a Lutheran minister who did not register with the Boy Scouts but for some inexplicable reason was allowed to volunteer with them until someone flagged him due to his past history. His “Ineligible Volunteer File” with the Boy Scouts highlights to enormous problem of “unregistered” volunteers that still exists in Scouting. Based […]

Benjamin Drake and Robert Frederick Drake, Sr. — Boy Scouts of America Abuse Cases

In June 1988, Edwin Weiseth, Scout Executive of the Crater Lake Council of the Boy Scouts, and Sergeant Ron Jones of the Oregon State Police confronted Robert Drake, Sr. about a child abuse allegation that was made to local law enforcement officials in 1979. Drake was told that his registration with the Boy Scouts of […]

Big Dairy Abuses Highlight Need for Food Freedom

A new lawsuit alleges that dairy giant Darigold abuses its workers and its cows, producing milk “under conditions where dairy cows are injured and sick, where despite suffering from bloody and swollen udders, cows are still milked . . .” Food Freedom would allow consumers to buy their milk from different dairies. Darigold has 69 […]

Gary Dahlgren — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1987, Gary Dahlgren, a Junior High teacher in Enterprise Oregon, applied for employment with the Boy Scouts at the same time as he was being investigated for inappropriate behavior with a 13-year-old student in his science class. According to the investigation report, Dahlgren sat next to the student and rubbed his foot up and […]

Congratulations to Barbara Blaine, David Clohessy, and SNAP

Last evening, Barbara Blaine and David Clohessy of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were honored in a gala event in Los Angeles for their service to women and all those affected by the trauma of child sexual abuse. As recipients of the 2014 Global Women’s Rights Award, the Feminist Majority Foundation recognized […]

Gilion Dumas Interview on the Boy Scout Perversion Files

The NBC News affiliate WAFF in Huntsville, Alabama recently interviewed me concerning the history of the Boy Scouts’ Ineligible Volunteer or “Perversion” Files and the successful outcome before the Oregon Supreme Court in forcing the Boy Scouts to make these internal documents public. The release of these files is one of the biggest breakthrough in […]

If You Quit Your Job, Can You Receive Unemployment Benefits? The Answer May Surprise You

As a general matter of law, someone who quits a job is not eligible for unemployment benefits in Oregon. However, there is an important exception to this law. An employee who quits for “good cause” may still be eligible to receive unemployment benefits under certain circumstances. This exception was recently demonstrated by an Employment Appeals […]

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