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Civil Case No. 00-0038-S Involving Alleged Sexual Assault – Update

Meridian, MS (PRWEB) January 31, 2007

“Incumbent Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Sarah Springer, who was recently defeated in the November 2006 election, in Civil Action 00-0038-S had given custody of two minor children to the biological father,” says Jane Tucker, one of several Jackson Ms attorneys working on this civil case for the mother. Ms. Tucker continues, “This happened just prior to the November election. Now,” according to Ms. Tucker, “a new Chancellor, Larry Primeaux, was sworn in January 02, 2007. Interestingly, Primeaux was one of the mother’s previous attorneys in this case. Jackson Attorney, Karen Spencer replaced Primeaux as counsel for the mother.” To further complicate matters, Springer has left Mississippi and moved to Texas. Ms Tucker shakes her head at this most recent turn of events. “This complicated civil case is every investigative reporters’ dream and every attorneys’ nightmare,” says Ms. Tucker in a recent interview. A quick update on this Case follows.

Incumbent Chancery Court Judge Sarah Springer in Civil Action No 00-0038-S handed custody of two minor children to the biological father. According to medical reports, counselors’ notes, state appointed psychologists and Child Protective Services Texas there are reasons to believe that one of the children, the girl, may have been sexually assaulted. The mother left the jurisdiction allegedly to protect her children.

After it became apparent that the mother had left the state, the attorney moved to withdraw from representing her (CP 1560; T172). The chancellor denied the attorney’s motion. The attorney was also defending herself in a contempt/sanctions proceeding in this same case. As a practical matter, then, the mother went unrepresented at the contempt hearing. Indeed Judge Springer ruled that because the mother was absent, the attorney could not put on any affirmative evidence on her behalf (T. 221).

At an earlier status hearing on December 5, 2005 the chancellor ordered that the children be returned to their mother from DHS custody (T. 157). The chancellor also restored the biological father’s original visitation rights (CP. 1504-05; RE. 142).

On January 9, 2006, the Court entered an order directing the mother and her attorney, Karen Spencer, to be in Court on February 3, 2006, for pre-trial motions and for trial on February 6-10, 2006 (T. `162-63; CP. 1552).

A five day sanctions/contempt hearing against Karen Spencer, the mother’s attorney; and a one day, custody trial was held. At a hearing commencing February 3, 2006 and lasting through February 9, 2006, the court refused to allow Spencer to withdraw from representing the mother (T. 1080). There followed several days of cross-examination of Spencer. It was during this hearing, while defending herself against charges that the abuse allegations were frivolous, that Spencer was able to make a record of the evidence supporting the molestation. (Evidence is at http://www.chandlerkids-thetruth.com)

The custody “trial” commenced at the close of the contempt hearing. At that February 10 trial, the Chancellor dismissed all defenses and the counterclaim filed by the mother and refused to allow into evidence testimony and documents concerning allegations of abuse (T 214, 221).

The chancellor sentenced Karen Spencer, attorney for the mother, to 90 days in jail – later rescinded – for, among other things, giving a copy of the chancellor’s bench opinion in the custody case to her client (CP. 2291). The chancellor held that the attorney was not to give her client copies of the court’s orders even though the chancellor was found to have erred when she did this very same thing in another case. In re E.C.P., 918 So.2d 809 (Miss.App. 2005), the Mississippi Court of Appeals held that Judge Springer violated the daughter’s right to counsel and right to access to the courts when she ordered counsel not to disclose the court’s ruling to the daughter.

The results of the rulings against Karen Spencer, attorney for the mother were these. The chancellor perturbed by the plethora of pleadings filed by Attorney (CP 2262-65) and by the fact that Spencer provided copies of the court’s rulings to her client (CP. 2291) ordered that Spencer pay attorneys the sums of $ 25,000 each for violations of Rule 11 and the Litigations Accountability Act (CP 2301). The chancellor also found Spencer in criminal contempt despite the fact that Spencer was never given notice that she faced criminal sanctions. For allegedly giving documents to her client and for alleged violation of the Court’s order not to issue subpoenas without permission from the Court, Judge Springer sentenced Spencer to two 90-day jail sentences to run concurrently (CP 2293).

At a hearing on June 14, 2006, represented by Criminal Defense Attorney Cynthia Speetjeans of Jackson, Ms., and Julie Ann Epps, Appellate Attorney, the Chancellor, having been apprised that the criminal sanctions against Spencer violated due process, rescinded the jail sentences (T. 1499). Ms. Spencer posted $ 10,000 bond. Spencer’s Case is in Appeal at the Mississippi Supreme Court and is interlocked with the Appeal by her client (Civil Case No 00-0038).

The climax in this case began July 16, 2004. For more details please go to website: http://www.chandlerkids-thetruth.com

For Documentation and more information phone Jane Tucker, Attorney, 601-291-2047.

See documents and evidence in this case at http://www.chandlerkids-thetruth.com

Time line in case is attached to this news release.

Department of Protective Services – Texas Report is attached to this news release.


V-DAY and UNICEF Call for an End to Rape and Sexual Torture against Women and Girls in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 6, 2007

Highlighting the issue of violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), renowned playwright Eve Ensler has chronicled her first-hand encounters with women in eastern DRC, where sexual violence has become a routine weapon of war. Her account appears in Glamour magazine today.

Since 1996, sexual violence against women and children in the eastern part of the DRC has been used to torture and humiliate women and girls and destroy families. UNICEF estimates that hundreds of thousands of women and girls have been raped since the conflict began in DRC. In addition to the severe psychological impact, sexual violence leaves many survivors with genital lesions, traumatic fistulae and other physical wounds, as well as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

“Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” is being initiated by the women of Eastern DRC, V-Day and UNICEF on behalf of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. The campaign calls for an end to the violence and to impunity for those who commit these atrocities.

“Before I went to the Congo, I’d spent the past 10 years working on V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. I’d traveled to the rape mines of the world–places like Bosnia, Afghanistan and Haiti, where rape has been used as a tool of war. But nothing I ever experienced felt as ghastly, terrifying and complete as the sexual torture and attempted destruction of the female species here. The violence is a threat to all; young girls and village elders alike are at risk. It is not too strong to call this a femicide, to say that the future of the Congo’s women is in serious jeopardy,” Ensler states.

In her article, Ensler described her June visit to Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where UNICEF funds medical assistance, counseling, and practical support for women who have experienced sexual violence. The article revealed their intensely personal stories, their undying spirit, and the work of such heroes as Dr. Denis Mugwebe of the Panzi Hospital where many of the survivors, often young girls, are treated.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman who has also been to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, added, “When you have spoken to these women and girls, and listened to their stories, you clearly understand just how devastating their circumstances are. Simple, everyday tasks, like gathering wood or fetching water, expose them to grave danger. They must be allowed to live in a secure environment.”

The “Stop Raping Our Greatest Resource, Power To The Women And Girls Of The Democratic Republic Of Congo” campaign calls for an end to impunity for sexual violence, for measures to ensure that state armed forces and police do not perpetrate sexual violence against women and girls and for the full implementation of national laws that protect and empower women.

Within DRC, partners such Panzi Hospital, Coopi and HEAL Africa as well as survivors, women leaders and local activists, will document personal histories, run educational workshops, and spread the word about sexual violence via radio, comic books, theatre, song, leaflets, and a website. Local women’s and survivors groups will be encouraged to participate and make their voices heard at all levels of government as well as the judiciary and the police.

V-Day will also highlight the women of Democratic Republic of Congo in its 2009 Spotlight campaign, spreading the word via thousands of annual V-Day benefits and activists. Previous V-Day Spotlight campaigns have focused on Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, and India.

Funds raised will support local groups that provide counseling, medical services and legal aid on the ground. A centerpiece will be the creation of City of Joy in Bukavu – a centre for survivors who have been left without family, community or the capacity to have children. City of Joy will give them a safe place to live while providing an education, leadership training and a chance to earn income.

How you can help:

Write to the President of DRC, His Excellency the President of DR Congo Joseph Kabila Kabange, urging the Government to do more to stop violence against women and girls and bring perpetrators to justice. Send letters C/O UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, P.O. Box 3862, New York, NY 10163).

Become a founding supporter of the City of Joy by sending a donation.

Educate yourself, your friends and your community. Hold reading groups and learn about women and girls in the DRC and other conflict zones around the world.

For information: http://www.vday.org/drcongo.


About V-Day

V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls that raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues. In 2007, more than 3000 V-Day events took place in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $ 50 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 5000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. The ‘V’ in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. http://www.vday.org


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. http://www.unicef.org

For More Information:

Geoffrey Keele, UNICEF, 212-326-7583

Susan Celia Swan/Kate Fisher, V-Day, 917-865-6603

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Who Will Help the Estimated 39 Million Child Sexual Abuse Survivors in America?

Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) January 22, 2008

A year ago Diane Cranley’s world was turned upside down when her youngest daughter confided to her that she was being sexually abused. Cranley began her search for additional victims of her daughter’s perpetrator and found others he had abused and others he was grooming.

Caught up in the midst of a legal battle, Cranley made a courageous decision. Rather than becoming a forgotten statistic, Cranley created the non-profit corporation TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids. The organization was formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

“I chose this focus because more than 90 percent of children who are sexually abused know their abusers,” said Cranley. “This means fewer than 10 percent of abusers are strangers.”

TAALK’s vision is to inspire community coalitions to accept responsibility for educating their residents on how to better protect the children in their community from child sexual abuse.

Its TAALK Today awareness program includes a top down media campaign as well as a grass roots network of members who are committed to spreading the word about the child sexual abuse epidemic. Members personally invite their family, friends and acquaintances to join the movement. The focus of this awareness program is to make child sexual abuse and its prevention an acceptable topic of every day discussion. The program also encourages the public to take action to protect children.

On January 18, 2008, TAALK launched its new website, http://www.taalk.org. In addition to the TAALK Today awareness program and primary prevention education, TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides prevention program consulting to youth serving organizations. The website is filled with valuable information to help individuals, organizations and communities prevent child sexual abuse.

“TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse,” said Cranley. “We want to shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that ‘There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.’ Our efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children.”

According to the American Psychological Association, “Accurate statistics on the prevalence of child and adolescent sexual abuse are difficult to collect because of problems of underreporting and the lack of one definition of what constitutes such abuse. However, there is general agreement among mental health and child protection professionals that child sexual abuse is not uncommon and is a serious problem in the United States.”

For additional information on preventing child sexual abuse, contact Diane Cranley or visit http://www.taalk.org.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a non-profit corporation formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust.

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Stemming the Tide of Child Sexual Abuse

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) April 17, 2008

What would be worse than to discover a sex offender has moved in next door to you? Or down the street? You have three young children, and almost every other family on the street has at least one child. Know that you can take action! There are ways to prevent that sex offender from hurting your children and those of your neighbors. Author Amanda Conley suggests a pro-active approach to preventing child sexual abuse in her book ‘Sexual Predators Planning to Harm Children Place Themselves in Positions to Have Access to Children’ (paperback, 978-1-60477-575-4).

The author writes with the expertise gained from 20 years in the human services field, including more than eight years of working with abused and neglected children. She has found what appears to be “a stagnation in protecting children or a cavalier approach by many agencies and support services receiving millions of dollars to ensure their safety.” She believes an effective intervention for child safety is way past due and says far too many children are seriously hurt, injured, and killed needlessly on a daily basis.

Conley encourages readers “to play an active role in ensuring the safety and protection of children through prayer first, followed by vigilance and a review of the sexual offenders’ registry,” especially when selecting services or activities for children, such as music lessons, babysitters, medical services, location of home, boy/girl scouts, sleepovers, etc.

Amanda Conley has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in psychology.

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 4,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order ‘Sexual Predators Planning to Harm Children Place Themselves in Positions to Have Access to Children’ through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem is the country’s leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet and magazine publishing.


TAALK Announces Daily E-Mail Tips to Educate the Public on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Laguna Niguel, California (PRWEB) April 24, 2008

In support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, TAALK is launching a daily e-mail tip series on child sexual abuse prevention called TAALK Tips. To sign up for the program, simply visit http://www.taalk.org/taalk_tips.html .

One in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before the age of 18. Victims of child sexual abuse are at greater risk than the general population for psychological, emotional, social and physical health problems which often last into adulthood. These problems often appear as depression and suicidal thoughts, eating disorders, drug and alcohol dependencies, school and/or financial failure, teenage pregnancy and promiscuity and criminal behavior.

” Child sexual abuse is clearly a community problem, but child sexual abuse prevention is a personal decision,” said TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley. “Protecting children from sexual abuse doesn’t come naturally, it’s a skill set that every adult must learn if they want to protect the children in their circle of influence.”

According to Cranley, “The TAALK Tips e-mail series is a convenient way for adults to learn new behaviors that will significantly lower the risk of abuse and the daily delivery is the best way to keep these newly formed behaviors top-of-mind until they become habit.”

Child sexual abuse is a major public health issue that demands the public’s attention. Anyone concerned about preventing child sexual abuse in their community is encouraged to subscribe to TAALK Tips.

TAALK’s founder, Diane Cranley, is available for general interviews as well as her TAALK Tips daily radio interview series. She can be reached at 1-888-808-6558.

About TAALK:

TAALK, Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids, is a 501(c)3 public charity formed to increase awareness of the child sexual abuse epidemic, with a focus on victims who are abused by a family member or someone they know and trust. TAALK’s mission is to break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and shift public consciousness from passive acceptance to the belief that “There is No Excuse for Sexual Abuse.” TAALK’s efforts will raise awareness of the existing epidemic and educate the public to take action to protect children. TAALK provides support services to victims and their families and provides community prevention program consulting. Visit taalk.org for valuable resources and more information on TAALK programs.

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The Zalkin Law Firm’s Response to the Newsday Article that Advocates Protecting Church Money Over Helping Sexual Abuse Victims

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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Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, Gabrielle Union and Christina Ricci Headline Campaign to Help Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 15, 2010

RAINN, the nations largest anti-sexual violence organization, today is launching a new celebrity-driven campaign to make sure survivors of child sexual abuse get the help that they deserve. This campaign is very timely, noted Katherine Hull, RAINNs vice president for communications. The tremendous news coverage recently of these crimes against children has the potential to trigger flashbacks and difficult memories for survivors of child sexual abuse. Thats why its critical that we reach these individuals to let them know that its never too late to get help.

The campaign spots feature RAINNs national spokeswoman, actress Christina Ricci, alongside actors Kevin Bacon, Dylan McDermott, and actress Gabrielle Union. This latest initiative was formed in partnership with director and filmmaker Amy Berg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her documentary film, Deliver Us From Evil, which explored child sexual abuse. The campaign also features music from hit singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne.

The majority of child sexual abuse victims know their attacker, and the effects of this crime can last a lifetime as many victims keep the pain inside for far too long and never get the help they need, said Amy Berg, director of the campaign spots. The new campaign aims to get the message out to child sexual abuse victims that its never too late to reach out for help; help is available through the National Sexual Assault Hotlines. According to Berg, It is clear we need to do more to protect and help our children. It is especially important to tell children that they do not have to keep their abusers secret.

Every two minutes, another American is sexually assaulted; nearly half of all victims are under the age of 18. Its estimated that there are over 20 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. The effects of this crime on victims are staggering; survivors who do not get help following sexual abuse are at a higher risk for suffering from grave mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and feelings of guilt, shame, and anger.

RAINNs child sexual abuse public service announcements, The Secret and Living in Fear, are available for free public and private use across broadcast and digital platforms. To incorporate RAINNs PSAs digitally, use the embed code from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5cgfVGefUo

To download HD broadcast quality versions of the PSAs, and to learn more about the campaign, visit: http://www.rainn.org/news-room/news/dont-keep-the-secret

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, please know that the abuse is not your fault and that its never too late to get help. If youre being sexually abused, or have been in the past, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.

RAINN would like to extend a very special thanks to John C. Manly and Bart Dalton who made this campaign possible thanks to their generosity and their dedication to eradicating child sexual abuse.

RAINN would also like to thank each and every person who was involved with the production of this PSA who donated his or her time, creativity, and talent. Its only because of your support that this public service announcement was made possible: Caius Ahn, Nina Ahn, Jessica Brooks, Monty Buckles, Joelle Casteix, Mary Crosby, CTI Production & Multimedia, LLC, Morgan Denton, Disarming Film, Susan Foster, Evi Graza, Valentina Graza, GMT Studios, Marnie Goodfriend, Holden Hadfield, Hillary Hanak, Victoria Jackson, Ray LaMontagne, Ernesto Lomeli, Christina Lowry, Nat Magnuson, Sybil McCarthy, Billy McMillin, Trixie McMillin, Daryll Merchant, Tarajia Morrel, Alvaro Navarr, Darcy Parsons, Gracie Paton, Olympic Partners, David Polcy, Ann Rosencrans, Lauren Sakioka, David Siebenaler, Gwen Uszuko, Marcus Watson, David Weiss, Adrienne Weller.


RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nations largest anti-sexual assault organization and was named one of Americas 100 Best Charities by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and rainn.org) in partnership with over 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country. The hotline has helped more than 1.4 million people since 1994. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. For more information about RAINN, please visit rainn.org.


Sexual Abuse By Clergy Must Be Addressed By U.S. Churches & Religious Organizations, Says Texas Lawyer

Houston, Texas (PRWEB) April 18, 2010

Churches of all denominations must confront the problem of sexual abuse by clergy and other religious leaders and work harder to protect victims of abuse rather than the abusers, Texas attorney Brad T. Wyly says.

Religious leaders occupy positions of substantial power and authority. Children are taught to trust and obey them, said Wyly, founder of the Wyly Law Firm, P.C. which represents victims of personal injury, including clergy abuse. Churches and other religious organizations need to ensure the relationship between clergy and children is not abused. Sexual abuse of a minor is a particularly horrendous crime that can affect youths psychologically and physically for the rest of their lives.

Wyly said documents that show Catholic Church leaders allowed a predatory priest to molest deaf boys for decades despite numerous complaints serves as a glaring reminder of the devastating consequences of a religious organizations failure to address this problem.

According to church records published as part of a March 24, 2010 New York Times article, the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy admitted to a counselor that he had sexually abused dozens of boys perhaps upwards of 200while ministering at a school for the deaf near Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the 1950s to 1970s. Despite numerous complaints about Murphys conduct to three archbishops and law enforcement officials, he was never defrocked and instead quietly transferred to another community where he continued to work in parishes and schools until his death in 1998.

Children who are victims of sexual abuse can experience difficulty in developing positive relationships and often experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder involving terrifying flashbacks and nightmares in which they relive the ordeal. Victims of sexual abuse often experience social withdrawal, have problems sleeping, have trust issues and may develop chemical dependency issues.

Lawsuits against those responsible for clergy abuse can bring about change. They can help ensure that the person responsible for the abuse is removed from his position of power so that he can never hurt another child, Wyly said.

Victims of clergy abuse may also be able to pursue compensation from those responsible while preserving their privacy. This can be done either through pursuing settlement negotiations with the church or religious organization responsible for the abuse out-of-court or by guarding the privacy of the victim through a motion to seal court records from the general public. Privacy concerns should not prevent someone from holding those responsible for sexual abuse accountable, Wyly said.

About the Wyly Law Firm, P.C.:

The Wyly Law Firm, P.C., is dedicated to helping people who have suffered a personal injury including sexual abuse. The firm investigates allegations of sexual abuse and pursues civil actions against abusers and any third party that failed to protect innocent victims. The service we provide is confidential and focuses on doing what is best for you the client. The firm, based in Houston, represents clients throughout Texas.

Brad T. Wyly, the founder of the law firm, is a skilled negotiator and lawyer. He was named as a Rising Star in Law & Politics magazine in 2005 and 2006. Mr. Wyly may be contacted at 713.574.7034 for a private and confidential consultation.

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Soloff & Zervanos Attorney Joins Forces With Harrisburg Lawyer on Behalf of Victims of Alleged Sexual Assault by Jerry Sandusky, Former Penn State Football Coach

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 22, 2011

Soloff & Zervanos attorney, Jeffrey Fritz, is working in conjunction with Harrisburg, PA attorney Ben Andreozzi on behalf of victims of alleged sexual assault by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football defensive coach.

Following the allegations of child sexual abuse by Mr. Sandusky, Mr. Fritz offered his support to the alleged victims at Penn State earlier this week. Jeffrey Fritz, who is also president of the National Crime Victim Bar Association and who represents victims of child sexual abuse, joined with Tammy Lerner of the Foundation to Abolish Child Sexual Abuse, other victims’ organizations, and community members in holding a candlelight vigil in support of the alleged victims.

Mr. Fritz addressed the community and the media as a representative of the National Center for Victims of Crime, which partners with more than 15,000 organizations and for more than 25 years has worked to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. Mr. Fritz called upon lawmakers and institutions to “take further steps to prevent sexual abuse and hold accountable perpetrators and the institutions that harbor them. One such step is the passage of stalled legislation pending in Pennsylvania to eliminate statutes of limitation for victims of child sexual abuse, which create a two-year window to permit survivors of sexual abuse to file civil law suits, regardless of when their abuse occurred.

About Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.

Founded in 1979, the Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.have more than 100 years of combined experience. For more information about the firm, please go to http://www.thephillyinjurylawyers.com or call (215) 732-2260.


Child Sexual Abuse Conference Offers Hope for Victims and Effective Tools to Prevent Abuse

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) January 13, 2012

On February 3, 2012, the University of North Floridas University Center in Jacksonville, Florida will be the location for a one day educational conference dedicated to promoting greater public awareness and education about the impact child sexual abuse outside the home has on our families, communities, businesses and organizations. Donald J. Dymer, chief executive officer of SingleSource Services Corporation, a leading background screening company for sixteen years and headquartered in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, is the conference sponsor and organizer. Dymer is encouraging all those who are involved with the care, education and mentoring of children and youth to attend this important conference.

Why Jacksonville?

Jacksonville was named the 1st Pinwheel City in the USA by Prevent Child Abuse America in 2010. The Pinwheel designation was designed to further advance policies and procedures to help prevent child abuse.

Headlining the conference will be Dr. Gene Abel, Director of Research at Abel Screening in Atlanta. Dr. Abel has won numerous honors and awards for his work and research projects that have uncovered new information to help prevent child sexual abuse. Dr. Abel’s awards include: The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuser’s Significant Achievement Award and The National Adolescent Perpetrator Network’s Award for Outstanding Research. Dr. Abel is also co-author of the book: “The Stop Child Molestation Book: What Ordinary People Can Do In Their Everyday Lives to Save Three Million Children.”

Joining Dr. Abel will be Leslie Nichols, Vice President Club Safety and Design at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The conference agenda includes other noted professionals from the nations leading organizations who will provide invaluable insight on what people can do to identify and prevent child sexual abusers from becoming the volunteers or employees who will have youth entrusted to their care.

“Until the sensationalism of child sexual abuse was uncovered at Penn State and later at Syracuse, victims and advocates faced years of challenges to get the publics attention focused on this insidious, on-going threat to children and youth.” explains Dymer. “No one discussed boundary issues’, let alone understood them.” After attending the Protect the Children Conference these terms will have meaning and attendees will be armed with the tools for change. The information shared at the conference is so substantive, the attendees will be eligible to receive continuing education credits from the American Psychological Association, the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Critical issues that will be discussed include: the effects of long term abuse, the early age at which sexual abuse often occurs, the child’s reporting of the offense, parental reaction, and a review of institutional responses to such cases. Attendees will receive training in how to identify abuse and the tools that are available to enable them to make better decisions when hiring or selecting volunteers for their business or organizations.

Traditional background screening methods aren’t going to provide enough of a deterrent explains Dymer. In a study of 3,700,000 criminal background checks reported by ChoicePoint, only one-tenth of one percent of the entire screened pool was identified as having a criminal history related to sexual offenses. Most organizations rely on criminal background checks as their strongest safety measure toward keeping children safe,however the reality is that criminal background checks provide very little protection from child sexual abuse.

Conference sponsor and organizer, Don Dymer, CEO of SingleSource Services summarizes, The problem has been swept under the rug for years. As horrid as the situation was at Penn State and Syracuse – and the new reports of similar child sexual abuse are, we must hold onto to this moment in time while we have everyones attention to STOP the sexual abuse of children. Children are helpless to stop sexual abuse, only adults can stop child molestation.

To find out more about the conference, please contact Donald J. Dymer at SingleSource Services Corporation at the telephone number below. To register for the event, visit http://www.singlesourceservices.com/protectthechildren or call 1.800.713.3412.

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