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."
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 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."
If you are preparing to take your family to a theme park and are concerned about keeping your kids safe from predators, you are right to be cautious and worried. Theme parks do not just attract families looking for an adventure. Anywhere you can find children, child predators can be found, too; and theme parks are no exception. Not only do theme parks attract potentially dangerous visitors, they also attract predators and molesters who seek employment at these parks as a way to have regular and easy access to our kids. According to the Huffington Post, many Disney Employees have been arrested over the years and accused of sex crimes involving children. As scary as that may be, your family can still enjoy a day at the theme park. You just need to err on the side of caution and take a few extra steps to keep your kids safe. Steps To Keep Your Child Safe at Theme Parks The best thing you can do is communicating the dangers of sexual predators with your kids. It is a reality
A teacher at Bishop McDevitt High School is facing institutional sexual assault charges for allegedly having inappropriate relationships with two students, reports The Sentinel. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "I hope the school is working closely with authorities. In order to protect our children, we must work together to expose predators."
A Colorado Springs man who pled guilty to sexually abusing five young girls at his wife's day-care service was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison, reports The Colorado Gazette. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abue, said: "Comments made by Frey that the victims enjoyed it are horrendous and appalling. As difficult as it must have been for the victims and their families to sit through trial and listen to the vile statements made, I hope his sentence will be the first step in helping everyone begin the healing process."
A Maryland man indicted earlier this year has pleaded guilty to a single count of sex abuse of a minor, reports The Bay Net. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "Nothing can undo what happened but I hope the victim in this case gets a sense of validation from James Smith's guilty plea. Parents trust that daycares will be safe places for their child but that was not the case here."
A daycare worker was arrested after an investigation by the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department, reports CBS Los Angeles. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "These allegations are heartbreaking but I am glad that they are now out in the open. I hope the child in this case knows that he or she has a voice and does not need to suffer in silence."
Already accused of sexually abusing two gymnasts, a former USA Gymnastics team doctor is now facing 16 more abuse complaints, reports the New York Daily News. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: "All the brave women coming forward now is what I call 'collective empowerment.' Many feel isolated and alone. Then they see all this press and all of a sudden, they see victims standing up and taking on institutions."
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Jury Awards $3 Million in Sex Abuse Trial
WHAT: Jury awards three million dollars for two girls in a sex abuse trial against the School Board of Highlands County. The four-day trial concluded with the jury holding the School Board of Highlands County liable for the sexual abuse committed by the husband of the manager of the school’s after-care program. The School Board was found liable under both a Title IX claim and a Negligence claim. Each girl was awarded $1.5 million.