New York, NY (PRWEB) May 2, 2009
Irwin M. Zalkin, an attorney helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse across the country, has taken on the editors of Newsday. “The Newsday Editorial of April 24 2009, entitled “Keep the State out of the Church,” calls for the State Legislature to abandon the principle of accountability to survivors of the historical scourge of childhood sexual abuse,” stated Zalkin. As Zalkin explains: “While conceding that the Catholic Church harbored sexual predators, the Newsday editors argue that due to the passage of time survivors of this wrongful conduct should not be provided their day in court. Under the editors’ reasoning, neither judge nor jury should be allowed to weigh the evidence of such wrongful harboring of predators and the damage it caused. Instead, due to the mere fact that one day has followed another, survivors, their families, their employers, and society at large must pay for the cost of the damage. Damage inflicted by religious corporations when they committed wrongful acts in their dealings with pedophiles, ephebophiles, and children.”
The editors’ objection to allowing civil actions for past abuse is grounded in the claim that: “Experience has taught us that memories fade, witnesses die and evidence can’t be found.” In response, Zalkin challenges that assertion: “If the passage of time has so damaged the claims of the survivors that they should be denied a fair and open hearing, then how is it that the editors can so boldly print as fact that Catholic Church harbored sexual predators? It is because sufficient evidence of these crimes still exists.”
Zalkin offers the report of the Suffolk County Supreme Court, Special Grand Jury Report, released in February of 2003, as proof that the evidence of these crimes still exist. “In the Diocese of Rockville Center, average citizens, members of a grand jury, armed with subpoena power were able to uncover substantial evidence, both in the form of documents and percipient witness testimony, of the historical fact of childhood sexual abuse committed by religious leaders in their community,” explains Zalkin. “The grand jury uncovered evidence that the local diocese had protected at least 58 abusive priests. The diocese engaged in aggressive tactics that purported to help victims and their families but that actually used intimidation, claims of confidentiality, hush payments, and other means to cover-up abusive conduct.”
Zalkin asserts that “The citizens of the grand jury could not have been any clearer in their February 03 report stating: ‘The Grand Jury concludes that officials in the Diocese failed in their responsibility to protect children. They ignored credible complaints about the sexually abusive behaviors of priests. They failed to act on obvious warning signs of sexual abuse including instances where they were aware that priests had children in their private rooms in the rectory overnight, that priests were drinking alcohol with underage children and exposing them to pornography. Even where a priest disclosed sexually abusive behavior with children officials failed to act to remove him from ministry,’ and ‘The grand jury concludes that the history of the Diocese of Rockville Centre demonstrates that as an institution they are incapable of properly handling issues relating to the sexual abuse of children by priests.”’
“Should everyone, other than the responsible parties, be left to pay for the damage caused by the manner in which the Diocese failed to supervise the 58 men identified by the Grand Jury?” asks Zalkin in response to the position advanced by the Newsday editors.
The editors conclude their analysis by warning that the Legislature risks permitting a secular legal system to decide what a religious community owes its aggrieved faithful. Zalkin responds to that conclusion by stating that: “The United States Supreme Court teaches that even religious conduct can be regulated for the protection of society. There is no valid argument that the sexual abuse of children is beyond review of civil courts simply because the offending hands and minds are otherwise ordained for the service of God. In crying against civil review of religious entities the editors miss the point that the offending entities have availed themselves of the privileges and benefits of civil incorporation under the laws of the State. Through those incorporations, the entities have chosen to operate under, and be subject to, the civil justice system. Rather than crushing the principle of accountability, the editors should express a bit more faith in the abilities of the members of their readership, local citizens serving as judges and juries, to do what is right in light of available evidence.”
With offices in New York and San Diego, The Zalkin Law Firm is one of the premier sexual abuse and personal injury law firms in the country. The firm’s lawyers have achieved groundbreaking results in numerous high-profile clergy abuse cases across the United States. Mr. Zalkin has negotiated over $ 200 million in settlements in Catholic clergy sex abuse cases.
Mr. Zalkin is available to speak to the media about clergy sexual abuse and the Child Victim’s Act of New York (A2596). Please call Lisa Maynes (212-889-1300) to arrange interviews. To speak to Mr. Zalkin about legal representation, please call The Zalkin Law Firm (212-889-1300).
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(PRWEB UK) 12 November 2012
A letter to MPs from the Childrens Minister, Edward Timpson announced the proposed changes to child access laws in 2013. The letter states that both parents should have the chance to play a positive role in their childrens lives when it is safe and in their best interests. This is good news for fathers rights groups but seen as unnecessary by legal experts.
The main concern is for the welfare of the children involved and many believe that the current legislation adequately provides the right protection but others believe the legislation is preventing families from enjoying a meaningful relationship with both parents after divorce or separation.
London Private Investigators is often called upon to conduct matrimonial and family investigations. Family investigations can often contain surveillance sessions to watch children who are part of a separated family that are visiting a parent they do not live with. We are asked to ensure that the child or children are safe and that they are well cared for.
A spokesperson from London Private Investigators said:
We have carried out surveillance on many family visits where the parent and child clearly have a valuable, meaningful and loving relationship. These are the people I feel will benefit from the new changes in the law
London Private Investigators along with their sister company UK Private Investigators is a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.
(PRWEB UK) 4 February 2013
According to the BBC news report dated 4th Feb 2013 and research carried out by a child protection watchdog suggests children are increasingly being groomed over the internet for the purpose of online sex abuse. The organisation said that parents need to talk to their children about safety online. Figures show that 1,145 reports to Ceop in 2012 relate to incidents of online grooming.
The report goes on to say that victims are tricked by the abusers by pretending to be someone the child already knows and then con them into giving their password before threatening them into engaging in sexual activates with them. More needs to be done to protect children on line before they become a victim of abuse.
Private Detective in London offer parental monitoring that can be downloaded onto a child computer which will report all the activity that has happened on their childs computer such as: incoming and outgoing email and social network messages, times the child has logged on and off of the computer, websites visited and key strokes typed, among other services. This software can be monitored by the parent with daily reports.
A spokesperson from Private Detective in London said:
Parental computer monitoring software will keep the parent informed about the childs online activity including the times they are logged in. This can help prevent anything untoward happening on line and it will show if your child is on the computer when they should be asleep.
Private Detective in London has a pool of skilled and highly trained private detectives and private investigators in the UK and abroad. This nationwide company includes their long associated business partners Private Detective in Manchester who can supply investigation services in and around the London area.
(PRWEB UK) 5 February 2013
According to the BBC News report by Judith Burns, pupils as young as five should be given lessons in how to keep save on the internet. Many children are being groomed for sex, exposed to pornography and unsuitable content and cyber bullying is on the increase.
The report states that the NSPCC is calling for lessons in school on internet safety and for more advice for parents on how to talk to their children about this, as they would about drugs, alcohol and stranger danger. The NSPCC is also looking for internet service providers to allow parents to install blocks or filters on the internet in their homes. However, experts including Phil Bradley, of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals warned that the filtering could have unintended consequences such as blocking legitimate websites on sexual health and identity.
[Private Detective Leeds offer parental computer monitoring services and have helped many families with protection solutions against internet dangers, especially for children. The parental computer monitoring is downloaded onto a PC or Laptop and provides information about all the activity including email content, social networking sites and real time alerts to the parents by SMS.
A spokesperson from Private Detective Leeds said: It is vital to keep our children safe from online horrors such as hard core porn, cyber bullies and sex groomers. The parental monitoring is a safe way to keep parents informed of their childs activity online.
Private Detective Leeds has a pool of skilled and highly trained private detectives and private investigators in the UK and abroad. This nationwide company includes their long associated business partners http:// [Private Detective London who can supply investigation services in and around the London area.
(PRWEB UK) 6 February 2013
According to the Sky News article a report from the University of Birmingham and the Ceop the number of children targeted by online sex abusers is on the increase while online sex offenders targeting children with a view to meet has declined.
The article goes on to say that factors such as parental or carer input into the childs online activates and personal issues like loneliness, self-esteem and sexuality confusion can all have an impact on the childs protection online and therefore some children are more at risk than others. Children who have their online life monitored and talk feely with their parents or carers are better protected than adolescents who take risks with sex chats or exchange of sexual images are more prone to the tricks of the online paedophile.
With smartphones being more easily available and with new apps released almost daily paedophiles are finding more ways to trick children into sexual abuse. Detectives at Private Detective Manchester are offering parental mobile phone monitoring to help in the fight against online sex predators. Parental mobile phone monitoring can give parents and carers an insight into the childs online life as it will enable monitoring of communication through emails and social networking sites, photographs and video shared and call logs.
A spokesperson from Private Detective Manchester said: Parental phone monitoring is a great tool for giving parents a warning if anything untoward is happening to your child online. We have had great success in keeping children safe on their phones.
Private Detective Manchester along with their sister company Private Detectives are a team of highly trained professional and discreet private investigators and detectives with over 35 years experience in the industry. Their understanding and approachable team of male and female detectives are available 24/7 to conduct matrimonial, corporate and private investigations.
Bohemia, N.Y. (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
On February 9, John Monderine, CEO of Rapid Recovery Solution, comments on an article published by CNN Money, which lists some of the recent unprofessional ways collectors are going after debtors.
According to the article published by CNN Money, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act forbids collectors from threatening debtors by using violence, explicit language, continuous calling, inflating a debt and posing as lawyers. The laws also state that a collector cant tell debtors they will arrest them or take money from paychecks unless ordered by a court.
The article lists a plethora of ways debt collectors have illegally tried to satisfy a debt, including threats to take away children, posing as a law firm, promising to hurt pets or even digging up dead bodies.
A collection agency was fined over $ 700,000 last month after one of its collectors attempted to collect outstanding funeral debts, the article said. The collector threatened to dig up the graves of the debtors children and hang them on a tree or leave them outside the debtors door.
John Monderine, CEO of accounts receivable collection agency Rapid Recovery Solution, said harassing and threatening debtors will not speed up the collection process. Insulting them and threatening them is just going to push them away and force them to take legal action against you, he said. While the main objective is to satisfy a debt, collectors need to realize its better to assist the debtor than attack them or back them into a corner. Offer them solutions to how they can pay the debt.
Another recent tactic was threatening to take a debtors kids away by calling Child Protective Services, the article said. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banned a debt collector from using tactics like threatening to arrest or put a debtor in jail. The article said the collector told consumers that when they go to jail, police or child protective services would take their minor children into government custody.
Monderine said the FTC had every right to take legal actions against those collectors. As collectors, we have legal responsibilities and laws to abide by, he said. No matter how frustrating some debtors might be, we cant make our own exceptions to the laws. Its a violation of debt collection practices, as well as invasion of privacy.
Founded in 2006, Rapid Recovery Solution, Inc. is headquartered at the highest point of beautiful Long Island. Rapid Recovery Collection Agency is committed to recovering your funds. We believe that every debtor has the ability to pay if motivated correctly. We DO NOT alienate the debtors; we attempt to align with them and offer a number of ways to resolve not only your debt but also all their debts.
(PRWEB) February 22, 2013
The Law Firm of Pozzuolo Rodden P.C., announces the release of the article “How To Use A Trust To Protect Your Children’s Inheritance From Divorce”. Below is a sample of the first couple of paragraphs. If you would like to read more, please read the full article and other corporate law, or estate planning topics at http://www.pozzuolo.com/Pubs_Articles.shtml
How To Use A Trust To Protect Your Children’s Inheritance From Divorce
“Parents never want to envision their children going through a divorce, yet divorce is a common statistic and every parent should be aware of how to protect their childrens inheritance in the event of divorce. Placing your childs inheritance in a trust is an important estate planning tool that every parent should consider.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
Health Newton Attorney Alison K. Grcevich authored a piece reflecting on the Steve Nash child custody battle currently taking place in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) star is hoping to be absolved of paying child support for his three children.
Nashs lawyer argued that he pays for almost all the medical expenses, child care, school and activity costs for the children, while his ex-wife, Alejandra is already pulling in a hefty income to the tune of $ 30,000 per month, although it comes nowhere close to her famous ex-husbands haul. In addition, Alejandra also received around $ 5 million in the divorce settlement. That money should not play into a support decision, seeing how that money is strictly allocated for her, while support money (alimony) is supposed to be dedicated to the childrens well-being.
In addition, Alejandra is reportedly trying to move the children from Arizona to California, while Nash fights to block them.
California is known for having higher child support orders than many other states, says Alison K. Grcevich, an attorney with Bay-area family law firm Heath Newton. Because the cost of living in California is one of the highest in the nation, the result is higher child support orders than many other states, where living expenses are naturally lower.
To read the full article visit: http://blogs.lawyers.com/2013/05/steve-nash-ducks-child-support-payments/.
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Thomson, IL (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
A recent article on Off The Grid News uncovers a new program designed to infringe on childrens fourth Amendment rights. Author D.M. Graham tells of a not-for-profit company called inBloom, inc. Graham sites the company About Us page by stating, inBloom, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to make personalized learning a reality for every U.S. student by improving the effectiveness, variety and affordability of education technology.
In an article published on Reuters the intention of the program is that, Consolidated records make it easier for teachers to use software that mines data to identify academic weaknesses. Games, videos or lesson plans would then be precisely targeted to engage specific children or promote specific skills. The problem that parents have with the program is the amount of metadata the system is able to collect including pictures.
Graham goes on to say, It shares the metadata of every student, teacher, and school that participates with educational software companies. There are currently 22 companies developing software for inBloom. This number is expected to increase. Metadata for students includes, but is not limited to, their name, age, picture, grades, discipline record, and teacher communications. There is also an option for schools to share that data with anyone else they deem worthy.
The other surprising fact that Graham brings forward is the amount of financial support the project has received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with additional support from major education corporations like Carnegie and Scholastic. Th author argues that the intense amount of financial support the project is getting from major corporations begs the question of what financial gain will come from this not-for-profit. It also makes the author question whether curriculum is really attempting to individualize the learning platform (as was introduced in the No Child Left Behind act) or to commercialize learning.
Graham tells readers about how she believes that the problem with the inBloom, Inc. service is that it shares the metadata that it pulls from students, teachers, and schools that choose to participate in educational software company. She goes on to make a point of how much the business of information has grown. She goes on to speculate that the abundant support that Bill & Melinda Gates have shown toward the project is partially due to the amount of information the project is able to collect.
To read the full article go tohttp://www.offthegridnews.com/2013/07/01/public-schools-sneaky-little-way-to-get-parents-to-sign-away-their-childs-privacy/.
(PRWEB) September 13, 2013
Pozzuolo Rodden P.C., Philadelphia Business Attorneys, announces the release of “How an Employer Can Protect Itself When Terminating an Employee on Maternity Leave”. Below is a sample of the first couple of paragraphs. If you would like to read more, please read the full article and other business law, or estate planning topics at http://www.pozzuolo.com.
How An Employer Can Protect Itself When Terminating An Employee on Maternity Leave?