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  • Bill extends time limit on sexual abuse lawsuits

    By Travis Andersen, Derek Anderson, Jennifer Smith / Boston Globe

    BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature is on the verge of finalizing a bill that will give alleged child sexual abuse victims an additional 32 years to file civil lawsuits, a move one specialist said will open the door to thousands of new cases. The bill would extend the statute of limitations for filing suits against alleged perpetrators and, in future cases, the people or institution supervising them. Under the legislation, the victims would be able to file suits up to age 53, instead of the current limit of age 21.


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  • Parents of Boy Who Killed Self After Bullying Can Sue

    NBC News

    The parents of a 13-year-old boy who killed himself after being bullied in his Texas school can sue the school district, a federal appeals court has ruled. Jon Carmichael hanged himself in 2010 after months of what his parents claimed was non-stop bullying at the Joshua Independent School District that included being called homophobic slurs and being stripped of his underwear in a locker room..


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  • Jerry Sandusky's Son, Six Others Reach Settlement with Penn State

    Chris Boyette

    Jerry Sandusky's adopted son and six other victims of the former Penn State assistant football coach have finalized settlement agreements with the university, attorneys said.


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  • California Supreme Court denies Scouts' bid to halt files' release

    Kim Christensen\LA Times

    The California Supreme Court has refused to bar the release of confidential files detailing allegations of child sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts since 1991.

    The court’s decision clears the way for the Scouts to hand over two decades worth of files to attorneys representing a former Scout who was molested by a volunteer leader in 2007, when the plaintiff was 13.


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  • Strauss-Kahn Settles Maid’s Suit on Confidential Terms

    By Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg Businessweek

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the maid who accused him of trying to rape her agreed to settle her lawsuit, resolving a legal saga that ended his term as head of the International Monetary Fund and derailed a potential French presidential bid.

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  • 4 years in, Madoff trustee still pursuing assets

    By Associated Press

    Irving Picard, the trustee appointed to recover funds for Madoff victims, and a battalion of lawyers headed by Sheehan have spent long days untangling Madoff's fraud. On the fourth anniversary of Madoff's Dec. 11, 2008, arrest, it's an international effort that shows no signs of slowing.

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  • Abuse Verdict Topples a Hasidic Wall of Secrecy

    By Sharon Otterman / New York Times

    Sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has long been hidden. Victims who came forward were intimidated into silence; their families were shunned; cases were dropped for a lack of cooperation.

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  • The Perils of Paroline v. United States and What Congress Must Do Next

    Professor Marci Hamilton

    The Supreme Court’s decision in Paroline v. United States cannot be an easy read for the victims of child pornography. It is filled with the legal jargon of statutory interpretation, restitution, and torts, because, in the Court’s defense, that is what the legal issues are about. For the survivors, though, this case is only about how to wring some justice out of the wild west marketplace in internet pornography. The guidance they receive in Paroline is unsatisfying, but it should not be disheartening. Congress simply has more work to do.


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  • NCVBA Member, Steve Kelly, Represents Woman in Lawsuit against Former Orioles Pitcher

    Mike Hellgren / BALTIMORE (WJZ)

    A former Baltimore Oriole is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit. A woman claims Alfredo Simon raped her in a posh Washington, D.C. hotel.


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  • Vermont Sex Abuse Judgment: $35 million

    Wilson Ring / Montpelier (AP)

    A woman who said she was sexually abused over several years in the 1990s was awarded $35 million by a civil court jury, though her attorney acknowledged it was unlikely the defendant would ever be able to pay all of it.


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  • 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Targeted in Teen Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    Alan Duke / Los Angeles (CNN)

    A lawyer who filed a teen sex abuse lawsuit against "X-Men" director Bryan Singer said three more "Hollywood types" will be targeted in similar suits soon. Michael Egan, who accuses Singer of sexually abusing him starting when he was 15, appeared with attorney Jeff Herman at a news conference in Beverly Hills on Thursday.


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  • Elmo Sex Scandal Timeline

    By Kelli Kennedy / Huffington Post

    MIAMI — Another man on Monday sued the former Elmo puppeteer who resigned amid sex abuse allegations, claiming the voice actor befriended him in Miami and promised to be a father figure before flying the teen to New York to have sex with him.

    The alleged victim is now the fourth to accuse Kevin Clash, who resigned from "Sesame Street" last month after 28 years. 

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  • 2014 NCVBA National Conference Registration



    Registration is now open for the 2014 National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference, Civil Actions for Criminal Acts, on September 17-19, 2014 in Miami, Florida!


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  • Hawaii Law Benefits Victims of Child Sex Abuse

    By Wayne Parsons / The Legal Examiner

    In April a new law went into effect in Hawaii that opens a two year window for people who were sexually abused as children to bring civil lawsuits against the perpetrator no matter how long ago it happened. A good summary of how the new law works can be found at website of The Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu: 

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New Legislation Would Hold Child Sex Abusers and the Institutions that Facilitated Abuse Accountable

For Immediate Release
February 13, 2013

Contact: Darin Broton

              Elizabeth Kitt

 St. Paul, Minn. – A group of law enforcement officers and child sexual abuse victim advocate organizations today announced their support for legislation that would give victims new opportunities to seek justice against their abusers and the institutions that facilitated the abuse. The legislation, the Minnesota Child Victims Act, will be introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate later this week. 

The Minnesota Child Victims Act would make it easier for Minnesotans who were sexually abused as children to bring civil lawsuits against their abuser or the institution that facilitated the abuse. The legislation would remove the current statute of limitation that requires victims to file lawsuit within six years of becoming an adult. If the bill is passed into law, victims could file a lawsuit at any time no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.

 “Current state law treats child sexual abuse the same as fraud and product liability,” said Representative Steve Simon (DFL- St. Louis Park), author of the legislation in the Minnesota House. “Sexually abusing a child is a horrific crime and those who abuse children and the institutions that permit it need to be held accountable.” 

The legislation comes after a 2013 Adverse Child Experiences study by the Minnesota Department of Health showed 10 percent of Minnesotans were sexually abused as children. A recent survey by the National Center for the Victims of Crime indicated that one out of two Minnesotans know someone who was sexually abused as a child.

 “The Minnesota Child Victims Act removes barriers that prevent victims from coming forward and seeking justice,” said Senator Ron Latz (DFL-St. Louis Park), author of the legislation in the Minnesota Senate. “It sometimes takes decades for victims to confront the abuse, but current state law requires them to come forward before 24 years of age. Our legislation rightfully recognizes the healing process while holding abusers and institutions accountable.”

 The legislation is supported by numerous child abuse victim advocate organizations, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Minnesota Alliance on Crime, Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, National Child Protection Training Center, Stop Abuse Campaign and 1in6.

 “The sexual abuse of children is a public health epidemic,” said Jeff Dion, deputy executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. “Victims of child sexual abuse have an increased risk as adults of alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress and suicide.”

In addition to advocate organizations, the Minnesota Child Victims Act is supported by local law enforcement officials, including Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, Carver County Attorney Mark Metz and Mower County Attorney Kristen Nelson. Kathleen Blatz, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, also supports the legislation.

 “Child Sexual Abuse is a crime shrouded in shame and secrecy,” said Blatz. “Nearly every state recognizes the unique nature of sex abuse and has special laws for holding accountable perpetrators and other responsible parties. Eliminating the civil statute of limitations will allow all victims to be heard and to seek justice.”

 Forty-one states recognize the unique nature of child sexual abuse cases and have separate statute of limitations for abuse lawsuits. California, Delaware and Hawaii are the only states that have allowed abuse cases with expired statute of limitations to move forward, but only gave victims a short window to file lawsuits. The Minnesota Child Victims Act would make Minnesota the only state to give victims the right to pursue civil lawsuits for expired cases without a time restriction.


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