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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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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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Bystander Intervention: What is It and Why it is Necessary to Prevent Sexual  Violence If you’re a college student was at a party and saw someone making unwanted sexual advances toward another student who was intoxicated, would he intervene?  What about in response to rape joke or a sexually explicit photo or video of a...
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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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Fewer than half of college students accused of sexual assault are found responsible for the offense, according to a higher education insurance company’s study of claims. Accused students were found responsible for sexual assault in 45 percent of the cases, according to a study released this week by United Educators, which provides liability insurance and...
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Sexual Violence: Healing Trauma with Yoga? We have previously posted blogs from our guest blogger  Susan Austin about the benefits of  Yoga its breathing and meditation techniques  in order to reduce stress. http://www.susanaustinyoga.com/home.html.  But, can this ancient practice really help victims of sexual violence? A recent interview by Jeremy Hobson in Here & Now’  with...
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