A former Anchorage day care owner was sentenced to a decade in prison for sexually abusing a client's daughter, reports the Alaska Dispatch News. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I applaud the victims in this case for coming forward. Their bravery not only exposed a predator but hopefully encourage others to be brave themselves and come forward. It is my belief that only with full disclosure does one begin to heal."
A former day care worker was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for taking explicit photos of a 4-year old girl at the day care where he worked, reports The Indianapolis Star. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney of sexual abuse, said: "The victim in this case is extremely strong for coming forward. It is because of her bravery that Al-Awadi will no longer be able to harm another child. I am curious to know why it took the day care so long to report the allegations and also why they gave him hours of continued access to other children."
A royal commission into child sexual abuse in Australia has found that children are not adequately protected from the risk of sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witnesses, reports The Guardian. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "The findings by the commission is frightening. By not reporting the allegations to authorities for proper investigation, the organization is shielding predators and allowing them to continuously reoffend and harming many other children."
A revised plea deal for a former teacher at a prestigious New York City high school who admitted to have sexually abused three students over several years has been accepted by the judge, reports the New York Post. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I hope the validation that come with Schraufnagel's guilty plea will help the victims begin to heal."
A Louisville priest is set to go on trial on sex abuse charges nearly 15 years after allegations surfaced from a man who said he was molested by the priest at a Catholic summer camp in the 1970s, reports the Lexington Herald Leader. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I applaud Norris and the other victim for coming forward and seeking justice. It is due to their bravery that Hemmerle is now exposed and can no longer harm others."
A male counselor at an after-school program has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, reports The Washington Post. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "Parents should be able to feel safe when leaving their kids in after-school programs. I encourage anyone with information or concerns about their own child to come forward."
Donald Mansell, a former school teacher at coach at Livingston Adventist Academy, will serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of harassment, reports The Statesman Journal. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I applaud the survivors in this case for coming forward. They no longer have to suffer in silence and can now lean on their family and friends for support."
A Clayton man is facing up to 31 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual offenses against three young children, reports the Delaware State News. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "Although the guilty plea and sentence will not erase the horrific events that took place, I hope it serves as validation for the victims for them to have while beginning their journey to heal."
When it comes to protecting your kids from sexual predators, the Internet and social media is really a double-edged sword.
On one hand, the internet has become a haven for pedophiles. 30 years ago, a pedophile may have been content to have his fantasies about having sex with children, but he would not have acted out on it because he thought he was weird or the only one who had those thoughts.
A Whitmore Lake man who invented a game in order to molest a child at his mother's day care was sentenced to prison, reports the Detroit Free Press. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I applaud this brave victim for coming forward and exposing Bollinger. Because of her bravery, she no longer has to suffer in silence and may have protected others from being preyed upon."