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Sexual violence
Global Crimes Against Children :  A Grim Report from Unicef Using data collected from 190 countries, a U.N report concluded   about 120 million girls around the world – slightly  more than one in 10 – have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20.  http://www.unicef.org/media/media_75530.html As if this finding is not grim enough,...
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  Sexual Assault Victims: Criminal vs. Civil Actions Do you know the difference between a criminal case and a civil case based on a sexual assault or sexual abuse? Each day our law firm receives calls from victims of sexual assault who confuse a criminal prosecution for sexual assault with a civil action based on...
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A Warning for our Daughters: Sexual Violence in S.T.E.M Programs   We have all seen the push from educators for girls and young women to be educated in the so-called S.T.E.M disciplines(science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Our girls are promised well paying “jobs of the future” if they embark on S.T.E.M careers. However, there is...
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Questions to Ask When Hiring a Lawyer for your Sexual Abuse Case Hiring an attorney for a potential civil case can be a daunting task for many survivors. As victims of sexual assault who were so badly violated and betrayed their trust issues with authority figures are understandable.  They often are wary not only of...
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New Study Links Traumatic Stress to Molecular  DNA Damage A study published recently Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics  concluded that  traumatic stress may induce DNA breakage, but psychotherapy may heal it. Prior research studies had established an association between traumatic stress and an increased risk for numerous diseases, including cancer.  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/284410.php. This new  study has important implications...
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Former Priest Sentenced to 30 years for Sexual Assault While Serving 60 years In  Murder-For-Hire Plot One of our previous cases was in the news again this week. Former Catholic priest John Fiala was sentenced on Tuesday, December 2, 2014  to 30 years in prison for having sexually abused a teenage boy, his own parishioner,...
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TITLE IX VIOLATIONS:  SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG December 11, 2014 Federal Investigators today found Southern Methodist University in violation of Title IX by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights(OCR) for “failing to promptly and equitably” respond to reports of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation. http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2014/12/smu-found-in-violation-of-title-ix-agrees-to-resolution-with-u-s-department-of-education.html/ What is Title...
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Silence : The Deadly Enabler of Child Sex Abuse A recent article Dallas Morning News article emphatically demonstrates how crucial it is not only for suspicions of pedophilic conduct to be reported to civil authorities, but for parents to take such preventative action. A 28 year old man and his 17 year old accomplice( posing...
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Signs of Sexual Trauma in Children: Red Flags Statistics about sexual assault of children from the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization are shocking. According to RAINN: 15% of sexual assault and rape victims are under age 12. 29% are age 12-17; 44% are under age 18; Girls ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than...
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Campus Rape : Victim Blaming   One in five women is sexually assaulted in college, but only about 12 percent report the sexual assault to police. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced  Title IX investigations of 86 schools suspected of denying students their equal right to education by inadequately handling sexual-violence complaints; if found...
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