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Title IX lawsuit alleges that SMU provided inadequate medical treatment for women's rowing team

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Dallas News

Jan. 19, 2018

A Title IX lawsuit filed Friday alleges that SMU provided inadequate medical and training resources to its women's rowing team, leading to lifelong injuries for eight former and current student-athletes.

The plaintiffs say they suffered labral tears in one or both hips that will require multiple hip replacements throughout their lives. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Texas, alleges that these are rare injuries even in the rowing community and that the SMU medical staff provided substandard care that would not have been found acceptable on a men's athletic team.

"We know of at least 15 girls or more possibly just in the last eight years with the same exact injury," plaintiff Kelly McGowan said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. "I am almost positive that if there were 15 football players or 15 basketball players that had the same injury by the same coaches in eight years, I do not believe [SMU] would have let that go on."

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Female Rowers File Civil Lawsuit Against SMU

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CBS News 11 Dallas

Story Excerpt - January 19, 2018

Clouse and McGowan are now part of a team of eight current and former SMU rowing team players suing the university on claims of negligence and discrimination. “I stand before you unable to walk or sit without pain. Poor coaching, training technique and inadequate supervision led us to this place,” McGowan said Friday morning.

The eight women claim SMU violated Title IX rules, requiring equal treatment for men and women in college athletic programs based on the school’s investment in coaching, training and medical oversight.

“SMU had the opportunity and ability to correct this, to provide equality to its rowers. It chose not to,” attorney Alex Zalkin said during a news conference for four of the eight women listed in the suit.

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Dallas News Editorial Supports Court Ruling on Baylor Lawsuit

Dallas News, April 2017

Dallas News recently published an Editorial about the lawsuit filed by the Zalkin Law Firm against Baylor University on behalf of a victim of ca,pus sexual assault. "Hernandez's lawyer, Irwin Zalkin, made clear after the ruling that he sees this as an opportunity to expose all of what the university has tried so hard to cover up. As we've noted in many editorials, the courthouse is the best hope for providing what the Baylor board of regents won't -- a full airing of the facts that regents have maintained they must keep secret from students, faculty, alumni, donors and the rest of the public."

To read the full editorial CLICK HERE.  

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Irwin Zalkin Interviewed on BBC Radio

BBC Radio 4, April 30, 2017

Irwin Zalkin was interviewed for this BBC showboat childhood sexual abuse lawsuits against the Jehovah's Witnesses. His interview highlights the Zalkin Law Firm has been trying to get the files of child abusers that the JWs have maintained for decades but have received only four years of twenty years worth of data that has been so redacted it's difficult to use to give justice to survivors.

CLICK HERE to listen to this interview.  

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Federal lawsuits vs. Art Briles, Baylor can proceed, judge rules

ESPN, April 7, 2017

"A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that a civil case against former Baylor football coach Art Briles over negligence claims made by a former female student who was raped by football player Tevin Elliott can go forward. U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman also ruled Friday that Jasmin Hernandez could proceed in her Title IX and negligence claims against Baylor University and her negligence claim against former athletic director Ian McCaw."

"[Briles] used the threat of helping Jasmin in her lawsuit against Baylor as leverage to negotiate his wrongful termination claim against Baylor," Zalkin said in a statement in June. "He doesn't care about victims. He never cared about victims. He's using victims. He used them to help build up his football program, and now he's using Jasmin to leverage more money out of Baylor."

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Columbia student claims she was sexually assaulted twice inside her dorm room

NY Daily News, March 22, 2017

The Zalkin Law Firm attorney, Alex Zalkin is representing a Columbia University student who recently filed a lawsuit against the university over its failure to protect her from campus sexual assault.   

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Columbia University student sues over claim of uninvestigated rapes

WABC 7 News, March 21, 2017 A Columbia University student has filed a lawsuit against the Ivy League school, claiming she was raped on two separate occasions in her dorm room and that the school failed to protect her as she was harassed afterwards.  Amelia Roskin-Frazee said she is coming forward because she is angry with the university, and she is using the civil lawsuit as retribution. Attorney Alex Zalkin was interviewed in this report.

 

 

 

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Finding Justice For Victims of Campus Sexual Assault

UT San Diego, March 26, 2015.Here is a commentary written by Alex Zalkin about the options available to victims of campus sexual assault to seek justice.CLICK HERE to read Mr. Zalkin's commentary.
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Sex Abuse Victims Sue AYSO

NBC 4. March 3, 2015Attorneys representing four sex abuse victims have filed a lawsuit against the American Youth Soccer Organization, claiming the organization failed to protect the victims from a coach who was convicted of molesting more than a dozen children. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m.
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Sexual Abuse Attorney Irwin Zalkin Announces Court Judgment

Video of Irwin Zalkin opening the press conference on October 29, 2014 to announce the $13.5 million judgment against the Watchtower on behalf of his client Jose Lopez,  Jose was a victim of childhood sexual abuse from his Bible teacher at the age of 6 in a San Diego Jehovahs Witnesses congregation.
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Irwin Zalkin Interview about concerns over new leader of San Diego Diocese

ABC 10 News.  Sept. 11, 2014Take a closer look at an interview with sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin from ABC 10 News.SAN DIEGO - Irwin Zalkin, Zalkin Law Firm attorney who represented victims of priest sexual abuse, was interviewed by 10 News regarding the concerns from some of San Diego County's nearly 1 million Catholics about the new head of the San Diego Diocese.Monsignor Steve Callahan was selected to serve as temporary administrator of the diocese after Bishop Cirilo Flores died over the weekend.10News reporter Rielle Creighton shows why some believe Callahan is part of the church's dark past involving the sex abuse cover-up.Click Here to See Story. 
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More women join lawsuit against the Rock Church and recovery program

CBS8.com, June 12, 2014

Sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin was featured in a CBS 8 story on the additional women who joined the lawsuit against the Rock Church.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – Additional women have come forward accusing a director at a sober living program with ties to the Rock Church of sexual battery.The plaintiff's attorney, Irwin Zalkin, told CBS News 8, an additional seven women have come forward making allegations David Powers touched them inappropriately and sexually harassed them while being treated at ABC Sober Living. Since May a total of 13 women including a former employee accuse Powers of sex-related crimes.San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

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More sexual abuse charges surface in Rock Church sobriety program

KUSI News, June 12, 2014Take a moment to look at this KUSI news piece where sexual abuse attorney Irwin Zalkin announces more charges have surfaced against the Rock Church.More women are coming forward claiming the director of a sober living program tied to the Rock Church sexually abused them.Seven more women have come forward, saying the man who ran the ABC Sober Living Program, David Powers, was inappropriate with them.Click to see full story.
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Women Say They Were Sexually Abused While Seeking Treatment At Recovery Home

Buzzfeed. May 8, 2014

Here is the most in depth article about the lawsuit filed by the sexual abuse attorneys the Zalkin Law Firm regarding sexual abuse at the Rock Church Ministries Drug recovery home in San Diego.

“While Powers statement addresses only allegations from this girl, Peyton was joined by five other women in a sexual harassment and battery lawsuit filed Thursday by the Zalkin Law Firm, a San Diego-based group of attorneys specializing in sexual abuse cases. In advance of the filing, Peyton and one other plaintiff told BuzzFeed they believed Powers tried to normalize his sexually charged behavior, making vulnerable women feel indebted to him for his financial and spiritual guidance toward sobriety, then taking advantage of that debt.”

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Zalkin Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Rock Church Ministries Program in San Diego, California

Sexual abuse lawyer Irwin Zalkin of The Zalkin Law Firm, is representing six women in a civil lawsuit that alleges they were victims of sexual assault while they were in treatment at the Rock Church Ministries affiliated drug rehab program, ABC Sober Living.San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com
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Sexual Comments, Groping, Intimidation Alleged in Rock Church-Affiliated Recovery Group

NBC 7 San Diego. May 8, 2014

NBC 7 reports some victims experienced terrible abuse at the Rock Church recovery program - something no sexual abuse lawyer ever wants to hear. Read on for more details:

“A civil suit filed in San Diego Thursday alleges clients of a Rock Church-affiliated recovery program were subjected to groping, sexual comments and intimidation in an atmosphere described by their attorney as a “cesspool of sex”.”

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Attorney: Sexual Misconduct at Rock Church Recovery Program

KNSD TV NBC May 7, 2014

As sexual abuse lawyers, we see misconduct in a variety of situations. This KNSD TV report suggests it was even present in the most unfortunate of places - a rehabilitation facility.

Six women claim they suffered sexual misconduct at the hands of a recovery program directorA San Diego-based sexual abuse attorney said he plans to file a civil lawsuit Thursday on behalf of six women who claim they were alleged victims of sexual battery and harassment at a drug and alcohol recovery program the lawsuit says is affiliated with the Rock Church Ministries of San Diego

Read full Story. Click Here.

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Occidental reaches agreement with students who claimed sexual harassment

LA Times. April 4, 2014.This article highlights a recent agreement reached by the The Zalkin Law Firm for student athletes at Occidental College.  Zalkin Law is a sexual abuse law firm representing victims of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault at college campuses.“Occidental College has reached a confidential agreement with a group of students who said they were sexually harassed by the school’s athletic trainer” Click to read full story.
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Attorney Irwin M. Zalkin Selected for List of Top Rated Lawyers in CA.

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