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Lawsuit against Moss Point School District 3/23/2017 Article: http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20131218/NEWS01/312180023/Lawsuit-says-gay-students-bullied By Tahira Khan Merritt A  lawsuit filed Tuesday against Moss Point School District in South Mississippi  claims  gay students are routinely bullied. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed the  case in U.S. District Court  against  Moss Point School District, board, superintendent and the former principal of Magnolia Junior High School. The victim, 17-year-old Destin Holmes, alleges she and other gay and...
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“It has been a long, hard-fought battle for victims of former priest John Salazar through several criminal and civil trials in Texas and California spanning a period of over 26 years. I am honored to have represented in civil cases four young men from Texas featured in the Los Angeles Times article dated December 30, 2013.   John Salazar’s guilty plea yesterday in Swisher County, Texas came about only because...
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Do You Know Your Rights as a Victim of Sexual Assault in Texas? If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, would you know what your legal rights are? It is important for victims to educate themselves because the rights of victims of sex crimes vary from state to state. Under Texas law, you have the right:   To be provided compassionate and skilled treatment in...
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Believing  Sexual Abuse Victims  Promotes Healing  In a February 19,  2014  article  from the Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20140219-dont-revictimize-sexually-abused-children.ece?nclick_check=1, writers Madeline McClure and April Wilson  present an excellent  discussion of  why  child victims of  sexual abuse are often  re-victimized when they disclose their abuse. From  my own  experience as a  trial lawyer exclusively representing survivors of sexual abuse and sexual  assault  in civil cases for the past twenty years,  I know...
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Why “Window” Legislation  Is Important For Texans Child Sexual Abuse is a National Problem. A national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control estimates 12.3% of female rape victims and 27.8% of male rape victims were first raped when they were age 10 or younger.[1]  The fact is the majority of sexual assaults – some studies put the number at 60% – are never reported.[2] What is the difference...
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