Sexual Abuse Legal News & Updates

California senate bill 360
California Senate Bill 360 Would Mandate Clergy Report Child Abuse Learned From Confessions
California lawmakers have taken action in response to numerous allegations of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. California Senate Bill 360 aims to protect children by breaking the seal...
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what is sexual coercion
Clients Ask: What Is Sexual Coercion?
In the state of California, “yes means yes” is used to define sexual consent. This means that someone who is of age to legally consent to a sexual act has...
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victim blaming sexual assault
How Victim Blaming Keeps Sexual Assault From Coming to Light
Too often in cases of sexual assault does victim blaming occur. Suggesting that a survivor of sexual assault was the “ideal victim” or somehow “asked for it” allows the abuser...
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sexual abuse by nuns
Sexual Abuse by Nuns: Survivors Demand to Be Counted Among Those Neglected by the Catholic Church
When it comes to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, news headlines largely focus on priests and bishops, but one report found at least six nuns among alleged abusers in...
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how to be in a relationship with someone who was sexually abused
How to Be in a Relationship With Someone Who Was Sexually Abused
It’s not easy for someone to come forward about being a survivor of sexual abuse. And sometimes it’s even harder for survivors of sexual abuse to enter into an intimate...
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revenge porn law california
Penal Code 647(j)(4): Understanding California’s Revenge Porn Law
Sharing sexually explicit images or video content with others is a personal choice, but state and federal laws make it plain: privacy is a right all citizens deserve. If you...
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sexual assault between minors
More Than Kids Being Kids: Sexual Assault Between Minors Is a Serious Matter
Nearly one-third of child sex abuse perpetrators are under the age of 18. When sexual assault occurs between minors, one may be hesitant to report the activity and if they...
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sexual grooming
What Is Sexual Grooming? Identifying the 6 Stages
Today’s sexual predators aren’t lurking in the shadows, wearing trench coats, and driving windowless vans. They look like everybody else. They’re coaching after-school sports, teaching in the classroom, performing medical...
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sexual abuse by a family member
How to Deal With Sexual Abuse by a Family Member
Law enforcement generally helps victims in cases of sexual abuse by a family member. However, if you are seeking civil restitution, San Francisco attorneys at Lewis & Llewellyn can assist...
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Are You a Victim of Date Rape? An Attorney Can Help You Fight for Justice.
It was supposed to be a nice dinner between two good friends at FIG in Santa Monica. A woman excused herself to the restroom, where she received a shocking revelation....
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abuse of children with disabilities
Sexual Abuse of Children With Disabilities: Pursuing Litigation on a Child’s Behalf
Children with physical or mental disabilities are more likely to be sexually abused than their peers. While these children are increasingly dependent on adults for care, California law makes it...
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childhood sexual assault
Childhood Sexual Assault: How AB-218 Will Change the Statute of Limitations in California
For survivors of childhood sexual assault, the decision to come forward as an adult doesn’t come easy. Many survivors may feel triggered by discussions fueled by the #MeToo movement or...
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