Sexual Abuse Legal News & Updates

California Senate Bill 22
California Senate Bill 22 Aims to End Backlog of Unprocessed Rape Kits
When someone seeks medical attention after being sexually assaulted, it is recommended that they undergo a sexual assault forensic exam to preserve any DNA evidence that can be useful in...
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Mental Health: How Sexual Abuse Can Affect You
Childhood experiences, good and bad, play a major role in shaping our long-term health and mental well-being. When a person experiences sexual abuse in childhood, there may be effects that...
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“Passing the Trash” Allows Teachers to Abuse in Silence
A 2015 case study estimated that 10% of K-12 students will experience sexual misconduct by a school employee by the time they graduate from high school. Of those students who...
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Delayed Discovery: Signs of Sexual Abuse Later in Life
This post was written before the passage of AB-218. For information regarding the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit for childhood sexual assault/abuse, click here or contact our...
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Affirmative Consent: California’s Law for College Campuses
In 2014, California became the first state to enact a “Yes Means Yes” law on college campuses to improve how universities handle rape and sexual assault accusations and to clarify...
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Student Teacher Relationship Laws: Sexual Relationships With Students Impede the Duty of Care
California teachers owe a special “duty of care” to their students as designated childcare custodians who act in loco parentis—in place of the parents. They not only instruct their pupils...
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Survivors of Sexual Violence Typically Experience 4 Stages of Reaction
This post was written before the passage of AB-218. For information regarding the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit for childhood sexual assault/abuse, click here or contact our...
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sexual abuse of migrant children
Identifying Potential Liability for the Sexual Abuse of Migrant Children in the United States
By the end of 2018, more than 14,000 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) were in the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As of August 25,...
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What the Child Victims Act Means for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse in New York
New York has joined states like California in efforts to afford survivors of childhood sexual abuse the opportunity to seek justice against their abusers. The Child Victims Act (S2440) was...
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sexual abuse in teenage relationships
Understanding Sexual Abuse in Teenage Relationships
Sexual abuse in teenage relationships can occur as one of four types of violent behaviors between intimate partners—physical violence, sexual violence, psychological aggression, and stalking. Data from the CDC’s Youth...
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how to file a sexual harassment claim in California
How to File a Sexual Harassment Claim in California
In some cases, sexual harassment is obvious and may involve an overt action, threat, or reprisal. In other instances, sexual harassment is subtle and indirect. In one survey conducted in...
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Life After Sexual Abuse: Seeking Justice Can Be a Step Toward Recovery
This post was written before the passage of AB-218. For information regarding the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit for childhood sexual assault/abuse, click here or contact our...
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