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November 12, 2017

NBC 7/39 TV News  November 10, 2017 “A state appeals court has upheld $2 million in legal sanctions against the Jehovah’s Witnesses after the religious organization refused to produce internal files and documents in a lawsuit that alleges sexual misconduct by a former elder in the organization.” Read Full Story HERE. More

September 7, 2017

A Message to Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault and Harassment September 7, 2017 Survivors of campus sexual assault and harassment have reacted with shock and dismay to the news today that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos intends to roll back victim protections put in place by the Obama administration to reverse the longstanding indifference in schools and colleges to the discriminatory effect of sexual assault and violence.  With this action, DeVos and her boss show that they are nothing short of rape apologists.  Clearly the Secretary is taking her marching orders from a President who bragged about his ability to sexually assault... More

September 1, 2017

San Diego Reader. 8/30/17 “In a June 17, 2017, email, Lopez’s attorney Devin Storey accuses the Watchtower of withholding documents that his client needs to “establish Watchtower’s practice of protecting molesters from prosecution.” The struggle for documents is not isolated to San Diego courtrooms but is playing out in several countries. Watchtower’s policies of requiring more than one eyewitness to the abuse before launching an investigation; of forcing the abused, often young children, to confront their abuser; and of prohibiting members from contacting law enforcement with complaints of sexual abuse have created what one former member and outspoken critic of the... More

August 28, 2017

8/25/17  BuzzFeed News “A woman is suing a Massachusetts school district and its administrators for failing to protect her against two classmates who she said sexually assaulted her when she was a sophomore in high school.  The woman, now 19, was 15 when she said she was raped and sexually assaulted by two male classmates during a sleepover at her friend’s house. The woman’s federal lawsuit — filed on Friday in Massachusetts and provided first to BuzzFeed News — alleges that administrators at Newburyport High School violated school policies as well as Title IX, the gender equity law, after she... More

August 17, 2017

AP News. 8/16/17 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nation’s largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations has settled her case, her attorney said Tuesday. Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that found Baylor had mishandled rape or assault cases for years and the football program acted as if it was “above the rules.” Read Full Story HERE   More

August 17, 2017

Sports Illustrated. 8/16/17 “A former Baylor student who was sexually assaulted by a football player settled her Title iX lawsuit against the school, reported. Jasmin Hernandez reached a financial settlement with the school last weekend, according to her attorney.” Read Full Story HERE.   More

October 22, 2016

October 22, 2016 We are sharing this Facebook post by Rachel Kalisher, a friend of the Zalkin Family, because it has an important message about the growth of sexual harassment in social media.  Rachel was a victim of harassment on Facebook and here is her letter to Facebook complaining about their policies.  Her letter is worth a read for anyone who is active on social media. Irwin Zalkin   Dear Facebook, This is an open letter urging you to review your sexual harassment policy. Today it was brought to my attention that this photo of me is circulating the internet... More

June 9, 2016

Former Confidential Informant Files Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit Against the City of Helena, County of Lewis & Clark And Former Police Officer Matt Thompson Lawsuit Alleges that Authorities Were Negligent in their Oversight of Officer Matt Thompson Were Aware of Sexual Abuse of Confidential Informants Helena, MT.   The Zalkin Law Firm, P.C. and The McKeon Doud Law Firm, P.C. announced the filing of a civil lawsuit on June 3, 2016 against the City of Helena, County of Lewis & Clark, and former Helena Police Department Officer Matt Thompson on behalf of a victim of sexual assault at the hands of... More

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 Media Statement by Jasmin Hernandez: In Response to Baylor University Actions On President Ken Starr and Coach Art Briles  Attorney Alex Zalkin and Jasmin Hernandez announcing Title IX lawsuit “I am pleased to see that Baylor University has finally taken action to terminate head Football Coach Art Briles and demote University President Ken Starr for their failure to protect students like myself from sexual predators on the Baylor campus. I was raped by a Baylor football player in 2012 and that player is now in jail for his horrific sexual assault on me and other students. These... More

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 Contacts:       Alex Zalkin                                Irwin Zallkin 858-259-3011 office                     858-259-3011 office 858-945-2147 mobile                   858-945-2144 mobile The Lawsuit Named Coach Art Briles and Ian McCaw, Athletic Director as Defendants In the Civil Claim San Diego, CA – The recently filed Title IX civil lawsuit against the Baylor University Board, Briles and McCaw on behalf of Jasmin Hernandez, a former Baylor University student who was raped by Tevin Elliott, a Baylor football player, has served as fuel for the Baylor Board of Regents action today to demote University President Ken Starr and terminate head Football Coach Art Briles.  The lawsuit claims that... More