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Commentary: Lax enforcement of Title IX means schools are not held accountable enough for mishandling sexual assaults

Aljazeera America, Nov. 1, 2013

Commentary by: Alexandra Brodsky

Campus sexual assault attorneys have seen the utter lack of basic protections for students, and the article below highlights Title IX requirements and the lack of protection from sexual assault that universities are giving students now.

“Schools are required to provide support for sexual-assault survivors and establish procedures for reporting incidents underTitle IX, which prohibits gender-based discrimination at federally funded schools. Instead, students across the country have turned to their colleges for assistance, only to be silenced, shamed, forced off campus and even forcibly institutionalized.”

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For Roger Mahony, clergy abuse cases were a threat to agenda

Los Angeles Times

December 01, 2013

Clergy abuse attorneys have seen how frequently these cases were coveredup, and a report by the Los Angeles Times indicates that Cardinal Mahony simply didn't want to deal with the reports. Take a look at the frightening reasons behind his decisions:

"From the start of his tenure as the leader of L.A.'s Catholics, Roger Mahony had ambitious plans for the archdiocese. But clergy molestation claims were vying for his attention."

Calculating the risk: child sexual assault

Iowa Now 11/5/13

Not everyone will need the services of a sex abuse lawyer, but some are far more likely to be victims of childhood sexual assault than others. Take a look at this report from Iowa Now for details.

“Affluent girls residing in two-parent homes are much less likely to be sexually assaulted than other female youth, according to a new study from the University of Iowa.”

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New Study Findings Show Severe Chronic Depression More Likely in Child Sex Abuse Victims

Almost any sexual abuse lawyer will paint the rough path victims have ahead, and medical science is backing that up as reported by Science Daily below:

“Nov. 6, 2013 - A new study reveals the highest risk variables of chronic depression in the population, such as having suffered previous episodes of depression, delayed treatment, whether it is related to other physical or mental health problems, or having suffered sexual abuse during childhood.”

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A Victorian Parliamentary inquiry has released a scathing report accusing the Catholic Church of a systemic cover up of child sex abuse cases over years.

Clergy abuse lawyers have seen the problem of sexual abuse within the church go global over the last few years, and it certainly extends to Australia, as the report below suggests:

” It was another day of reckoning for the Catholic Church today with the Victorian parliamentary inquiry releasing a scathing report accusing the Church of a systemic cover-up of child abuse cases over many years. Other churches and institutions were also slammed for failing in their duty of care to children. The findings could open up hundreds of claims for financial compensation in the courts, as national affairs correspondent Heather Ewart reports.”

Full Story and video here.

NJ.Com Editorial - Extend statute of limitations for child victims of sex abuse

Sex abuse law varies from state to state, but in New Jersey, the statue of limitations is just two years. One editorialist points out the problem with numbers like those:

” In New Jersey, sex abuse victims have just two years to sue after linking abuse to other problems, such as depression, addiction or divorce. That's not enough.

Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) has proposed a bill to extend that to 30 years. How do we know it would make a difference? Because the church has fought so hard to kill it, with powerful lobbyists and competing legislation.

When the new legislative session begins in January, Vitale's bill should be a priority.”

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When sex meets NCAA athletics

As a sex abuse law firm, Zalkin knows just how deep the problem of campus sexual assault is. It's not confined to one area of campus, and it most certainly extends to athletics. Take a look at an excellent report by Aljaseera America on the issue.

“In the only comprehensive national study conducted on the prevalence of sexual assault among male student-athletes, researchers found in the mid-90s that even though male student-athletes made up just 3 percent of the male student population, they were responsible for close to 20 percent of the reported sexual assaults on campus.See this story on NCAA athletics and the problems of sexual assaulton campus.”

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Sex Crimes on Campus Town Hall: These people in one room

Campus sexual assault lawyers are starting to take center stage as more reports are revealed about the ongoing nature of these problems. In a Town Hall format, the deeper problem of campus sex crimes is revealed:

“In the last few years, campus sexual assault has emerged as a national issue. Students at dozens of colleges and universities have filed civil rights complaints against their schools, claiming that the problem is so silenced, underreported and grossly mishandled that it violates federal laws that prohibit the discrimination of women.

On Friday, Nov. 1, America Tonight is taking on the issue in a special live town hall program airing at 9 p.m. ET. We’re bringing together students, professors, experts, activists and parents to take a hard look at the campus culture that may fuel assaults, the latest research on college rapists, the role of alcohol and how colleges and universities are dealing (or not dealing) with the problem.

Serial rapists commit 9 of 10 campus sexual assaults, research finds

Most sex abuse lawyers will tell you that offenders often have more than one victim. New research reveals this is just as true on college campuses as it is anywhere else.

This is the second report in America Tonight's Sex Crimes on Campus series. October 28, 2013

“Occidental College, a private and pricey school in Los Angeles, is known for its commitment to social justice. With that in mind, it's striking that this campus is riven by reports of rape and sexual assault, much of it allegedly committed by repeat offenders.”

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Meet the women taking on their universities over sexual assault

As campus sexual assault attorneys, we know the current reports are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the greater problems at hand. These reports reveal exactly how deep the problem might be:

Aljazeera America Tonight, October 23, 2013

“The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights enforces Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits gender discrimination in education. It has open investigations on sexual assault at 25 colleges and universities over whether they have mishandled sexual assaults and done enough to fulfill their legal obligations to protect students.”

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Abuse Allegations Leave Twin Cities Archdiocese In Turmoil

From NPR News, October 24, 2013

Increasingly, clergy abuse attorneys are seeing abuse allegations from every corner, and in the Twin Cities, those allegations created extensive controversy. NPR has the story:

“The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rocked in recent weeks by revelations from a top-level whistle-blower. The former official says church leaders covered up numerous cases of sexual misconduct by priests and even made special payments to pedophiles. The scandal is notable not only because of the abuse but also because it happened in an archdiocese that claimed to be a national leader in dealing with the issue.”

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The Truth is That the Effects of Child Abuse are Long-lasting

Any sex abuse lawyer can tell you that childhood sexual abuse is a global problem with long-term effects. This article from Australia only highlights that fact. Read on to learn more:

“Research published in the journal Economic Record and conducted by Dr Kees van Gool and myself at the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation shows that in addition to the human cost of child abuse there are lasting health effects for victims and therefore substantial and very long-term costs for the health system.”

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Child sexual abuse survivor becomes advocate to protect kids

Fox News

- Sep 21, 2013

This Fox News video reveals one sex abuse law success story - a survivor turned advocate. Click on the link below to learn more.

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Archdiocese knew of priest's sexual misbehavior, yet kept him in ministry

The number of clergy abuse cases has revealed to many sex abuse lawyers just how deeply sexual misbehavior was covered up, and this MPR story only further reveals those connections.

Story excerpt….”This wasn’t the first time Wehmeyer had been in trouble. Top archdiocese leaders knew of Wehmeyer’s sexual compulsions for nearly a decade but kept him in ministry and failed to warn parishioners, according to canon lawyer Jennifer Haselberger, who resigned in April, and dozens of other interviews and documents.

A memo written in 2011 obtained by MPR News from police shows the former vicar general the top deputy of the archdiocese did not want parish employees to know about Wehmeyer’s past.”

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Live on 5 Sexual Assault at Jehovah's Witness church

The Zalkin Law Firm has had a chance to serve as the sexual abuse law firm for many victims in cases involving the Jehovah's Witness Church, and this video looks at one lawsuit filed against the church in Ohio.

August, 1, 2013. New lawsuit filed against Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation in Ohio.

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Team 10 obtains video of admitted child molester in Jehovah's Witnesses

Take a moment to review an exclusive interview with an admitted child molester in the Jehovah's Witnesses and an interview with sex abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin who represents victims in these cases. Click here to see Channel 10 news story.