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New York Enacts New Law Allowing All Victims of Sexual Abuse Additional Time to Seek Justice

At the end of May 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul of New York signed into law the Adult Survivors of Act of ASA. The ASA is a companion to the Child Victims Act that became law in 2019. Both laws expand the statutes of limitations to provide survivors of sexual abuse more time to sue perpetrators. The statute of limitations establishes a deadline by which sexual abuse lawsuits must be filed in New York. If the deadline is not met, a…

Imminent Public Release of 300-Page Independent Report on Southern Baptist Sexual Abuse

On Sunday, May 22, 2022, a 300-page report will be made public, the document detailing matters regarding sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention. The report was independently prepared by a law firm engaged to undertake a comprehensive investigation of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist clergy and others in positions of leadership or trust. The report should also provide detailed information about how leadership of the nation’s second largest Christian denomination failed to properly respond to allegations of sexual abuse….

Exclusive Thacher School Site of California Sexual Abuse Allegations

The iconic Thacher School in Ojai, California, continues to be rocked by allegations of sexual abuse of students by faculty members. There are also allegations of student upon student sexual abuse as well. These latest California sexual abuse allegations have yet again upended this otherwise venerable institution, founded in 1889. Thacher School: Home to the Famous and Well-Healed The Thacher School counts numerous well-known and powerful alums among its graduates. These include: Howard Hughes Joely Richardson Noah Wyle Tuition at…

Civil Lawsuits and the Fifth Amendment Protection Against Self-Incrimination

During the past week, the media has been awash in reports about disgraced former entertainer being released from prison after his conviction for sexual assault was tossed out by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. At the heart of the decision was Cosby’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and the interplay between that constitutional guarantee, criminal cases, and civil lawsuits. This has raised concerns and confusion among people considering civil lawsuits in cases in which the perpetrator of an injury-causing act may…

Decades of Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse at Prestigious Gilman School in Baltimore

Decades of sexual assault and sexual abuse at the Gilman School in Baltimore was brought to light in a comprehensive report obtained by the media in March of this year. Perpetrated over the course of multiple decades by two employees of the prestigious school for boys, at least 20 students have been identified of victims of sexual assault and abuse. There are likely more victims yet to be identified. The Gilman School sexual assault tragedy started in the 1950s. The…

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