Sexual Assault Headlines
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N.J. Prepares For Wave of Sex-Abuse Lawsuits as Window Opens Extending Victims’ Right to Sue
Major institutions across New Jersey, including the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, are bracing for what could be a torrent of lawsuits as a new law goes into effect Dec. 1 offering adult victims of childhood sexual abuse extended opportunities to sue.
The measure, signed by Gov. Phil Murphy in May, extends the state’s statute of limitations for sex-abuse lawsuits and opens a temporary, two-year window to file suit based on previously expired claims.
The reprieve for what in some cases are decades-old allegations could leave defendants ranging from religious institutions to public and private schools facing significant financial strain.
Already the Catholic Church is girding for the impact. Over the last year, New Jersey’s bishops have sold off property, bolstered their insurance policies, and encouraged victims to accept financial settlements from specially launched compensation funds in anticipation of the law.
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
UCLA Let Gynecologist Continue Working After Cancer Patient Accused Him of Sex Abuse in 2014
UCLA Medical Center learned in 2014 that a breast cancer patient had made abuse allegations against gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps, but officials did not move to fire him until four years later, after more accusations came to light, university records and interviews show. READ FULL STORY
Cancer Patient Says UCLA Gynecologist Sexually Assaulted Her, Faults University Inaction
The latest accusations come as UCLA is facing criticism for its handling of Heaps — and why officials didn’t immediately alert the public or his patients about the allegations of misconduct when the university first learned of them. READ FULL STORY
Source: LA Times
R. Kelly is ‘Optimistic’ But Has ‘Bad Days,’ Lawyer Says After Singer Pleads Not Guilty
R. Kelly was back in court in Chicago, pleading not guilty to 11 new counts of sexual abuse, as his lawyer described him as hard at work on his music and feeling “optimistic” about his case. READ FULL STORY
Source: USA Today
Sexual Assault in Military has Spiked by Nearly 40 Percent, Pentagon Says
Survey shows active-duty women in the military experience sexual assault at a much higher rate than men. About 6.2 percent of women indicated experiencing a sexual assault in the 2018 report, while 4.3 percent indicated in the 2016 report. READ FULL STORY
Source: CBS News
Survivors of Nassar Abuse Speak Out in Favor of Texas Statute of Limitations Bill
As Larry Nassar sits in jail, survivors of his abuse stood on the steps of the Texas Capitol, reminding people what he did, and pushing for a bill they hope will prevent a repeat of this abuse. READ FULL STORY
Pressure Mounts on Medical Boards to Root out Sexual Predator Doctors
Finally signs are emerging that a culture that fosters secrecy and forgives doctors could be shifting. What’s more, the Federation of State Medical Boards is preparing changes to its guidelines on how medical boards should deal with physicians accused of sexual misconduct. READ FULL STORY
North Carolina Steps Toward Changing Sexual Assault Laws
North Carolina is lacking legal protections for survivors of sexual assault in many cases. New legislation is in the works now to close loopholes and allow survivors to seek legal action against assault in a number of situations such as non-consensual sex while intoxicated. READ FULL STORY
Source: ABC News
Ex-AAU Coach Gets Life in Prison for Sexual Abuse
A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison effectively for the rest of his life Thursday, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested more than a dozen over a 20-year period. READ FULL STORY
A Secret Database of Child Abuse
A former Jehovah’s Witness is using stolen documents to expose allegations that the religion has kept hidden for decades. READ FULL STORY
Source: The Atlantic
David Blaine Denies Sexual-Assault Accusations After NYPD Launches Investigation
David Blaine’s representative says the magician denies the sexual-assault claims that led the New York Police Department’s Special Victims Unit to open an investigation against him. READ FULL STORY
Source: USA Today
With Courageous Disclosure, McSally Becomes New Force in Debate Over Military Sexual Assault
Upon disclosing that she had been raped by a superior while in the U.S. Air Force, Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) not only became a brave and newly powerful force in the debate over military sexual assault. She also staked out a position that has divided lawmakers in the past: namely, that such cases should continue to be handled within the military’s chain of command. READ FULL STORY
Source: The Washington Post