Sexual Abuse Legal News & Updates

responding to disclosures of sexual violence
Duty of Care: Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) passed in California in 1980, ushering in a new era of accountability and child sexual abuse prevention. The list of mandated reporters...
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adults who were molested as a child
Adults Who Were Molested as a Child May Still Be Able to Seek Justice
Adults who were molested as a child often carry the pain of the abuse they suffered well into adulthood. While many survivors may go on to lead successful lives, there...
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Jehovah's witnesses sexual abuse cover up
Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Cover Up: Recourse for Childhood Victims
The recent spotlight on childhood sexual abuse has largely centered on the Catholic Church. This year, the Catholic Church spent more than $300 million on sex abuse allegation-related costs and...
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sexual assault pain and suffering
How Survivors Can Be Compensated for Sexual Assault Pain and Suffering
California is one of 15 states enacting legislation making it easier to sue for sexual assault pain and suffering, even if the incidents took place in the victim’s childhood. The...
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teacher sexual misconduct
Teacher Sexual Misconduct: Holding School Districts Liable in Civil Court
When parents send their children to school, they trust that the administrators and staff will uphold their duty of care for students. Unfortunately, that isn’t always true when incidents of...
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sexual abuse in prison
Sexual Abuse in Prison: How Survivors Can Seek Justice
Israel Trevino worked at the Central California Women’s Facility as a correctional officer for a decade before he was fired in 2018 for groping and sexually harassing inmates. His case...
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YMCA sexual assault
Determining Liability in a YMCA Sexual Assault Case
For many parents, the YMCA is a popular before- and after-school child care option. These parents entrust the administrators, staff, and volunteers to adhere to the highest standards when it...
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child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome
Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome: How Victims Can Seek Justice
Oftentimes, survivors of sexual abuse choose not to come forward immediately—or even at all—about what happened to them. In many cases, this is due to their fear of what may...
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when can you sue for sexual assault
When Can You Sue for Sexual Assault?
Due to the complexities of sexual assault laws in California, you may be wondering when can you sue? Sexual assault laws can be confusing, particularly if you’re trying to figure...
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treble damages California
Recovering Treble Damages in California for Childhood Sexual Assault
The passage of AB 218 is bringing a landslide of important changes for survivors of childhood sexual assault. Most significantly, it allows survivors to file a civil lawsuit between January...
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suing California government
AB 218 Eliminates Requirements for Suing California Government Entities
Historically, suing California government entities (such as a public school district) has been difficult. Under the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA), one had to first file an administrative claim for...
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ab 1510 California
AB 1510: California Law Gives Sexual Assault Victims More Time to Sue
The University of Southern California (USC) has received much attention in the past few months regarding allegations of sexual misconduct. In April, students held a sit-in protest of USC’s “unsatisfactory”...
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