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Rape Victims
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...
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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...
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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...
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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 –...
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How to Recognize the Signs of Verbal and Emotional Abuse Posted on May 17, 2013   We all have friends who share with us problems they are having in relationships. When should you suggest professional help or intervention?  If they describe any of the following tactics often used by abusers: Public embarrassment including yelling, comments...
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This week, actress and animal activist Pamela Anderson disclosed during a speech  given at the Cannes Film Festival in France to  her animal rights charity—The Pamela Anderson Foundation—, the horrific  sexual abuse she suffered as a child. http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/18/showbiz/pamela-anderson-sex-abuse/. She told the audience that because of the abuse she had a hard time trusting humans  so...
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Prevention of Sexual Assaults at Colleges and Universities In April 2014, The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault revealed its findings after a comphrehensive____study. The results were shocking, 1 in 5 students at our colleges and universities were victims of sexual aassaults.  https://www.notalone.gov/ Then in _____the  U.S. Department of Education’s Office...
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New App  Helps Texas Sexual Assault Victims and Educators  at Colleges and Universities. This past April,  The First Report of  the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault  issued its  findings:  one in five women are sexually assaulted while in college.  In conjunction with the release of the report, the White House...
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LESS TALK, MORE ACTION: ARE THE POPE’S WORDS HOLLOW?   Yesterday, Pope Francis promised Catholic Bishops “will be held accountable” for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/07/world/pope-clerical-sex-abuse/index.html?sr=fb070714popescandalVODtoplink).   Acknowledged by some as the Pope’s strongest statement yet of what abuse victims and their advocates have been saying for decades: that Catholic Bishops who...
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Survey Finds Colleges and  Universities Fail to Protect  Sexual Assault Victims According to a recent survey conducted  by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) a former sex crimes prosecutor,  41 percent of institutions of higher education have not investigated a single report of sexual violence in the past five years. The survey was sent to 440 institutions...
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