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Rabbi Faces Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Jeff Herman
July 02, 2015

A prominent rabbi is now under investigation after he was arrested trying to flee the country. This rabbi was accused of sexual abuse prior to his attempt to flee. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "It is common for the community to put faith and trust into the leaders of an institution. Once the trust is broken, the first step towards recovery for the victim is speaking out and informing the community of what they experienced." 

White River Juvenile Detention Guard Accused of Sexual Assault

By Jeff Herman
July 01, 2015

A White River Juvenile Detention Center guard has been accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year old detainee. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual assault, says: "Many times, those in power abuse their authority. When institutions expose these predators, our children become safer and more protected." 

Public School Employee Charged with Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 30, 2015

Arsenio Malondras, a Montgomery County public school employee, has been charged with child abuse and sexual abuse of a minor. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "Often times, assaults occur by people these victims know and trust. Once the trust is broken, coming forward about these allegations is a victims first step in the healing process."

Former Teacher Found Guilty of Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 29, 2015

Former Rosarian Academy teacher, Stephen Jerome Budd, was found guilty of sexual abuse and has been sentenced to three life terms. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "Once the perpetrator is found guilty, not only do these victims receive validation, but they can also begin healing."

ALERT: Rabbi Karro's Alleged Victim's Mother Breaks Silence

By contacthermanlaw
June 24, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces a press conference where RABBI KARRO’s alleged victim’s mother will speak to the press for the first time.

Archdiocese of Chicago Faces Another Lawsuit

By Jeff Herman
June 19, 2015

The Archdiocese of Chicago is being sued by two men who claim to have been sexually abused by priest Daniel McCormack. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "The more these institutions are put on the forefront and held accountable for their actions, the more vindication these victims receive."

New York Makes Advances Regarding Sexual Assault on College Campuses

By Jeff Herman
June 18, 2015

The New York State Assembly met late on Wednesday night, alongside the Senate, and unanimously approved The Campus Accountability and Safety Act, reports The New York Times. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "The passing of this bill is the first step to helping the amount of sexual offenses that occur every day. The more the institutions follow the proper protocol in reporting these sexual offenses, the more protected our children become."

 

ALERT: New Federal Claim Filed Against Charter Schools USA at Keys Gate for Female Student Raped by High School Football Players

By contacthermanlaw
June 17, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against CHARTER SCHOOLS USA for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl by two male student football players during school hours at KEYS GATE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL.  

Dolezal Family Member Faces Allegations of Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 17, 2015

Former Spokane NAACP chapter president, Rachel Dolezal's brother, Joshua Dolezal, faces trial for sexual abuse allegations which reportedly took place around 2001 or 2002. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "Victims of sexual abuse don't always speak out about the incident right when it occurs.  It is important to educate our children on what sexual abuse is and how imminent it is to report the abuse as quickly as possible."

Trial Date for Former Ambassador of Dominican Republic Accused of Sexual Abuse Set by the Vatican

By Jeff Herman
June 16, 2015

The Vatican has set the date for the trial of former Dominican Republic ambassador, Jozef Wesolowski. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "This trial is a crucial step in reconciling the harm previously ignored by the Archdiocese. The more these institutions expose and react against these sexual predators, the more protected our children become from the harm of sexual abuse."

Archbishop resigns due to sexual abuse cover-up scandal

By Jeff Herman
June 15, 2015

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche in Minnesota have resigned in light of allegations of sexual abuse cover-up, as reported by The New York Times. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "The resignation is just the beginning in this quest of holding the Archdiocese responsible for endangering our children.  When sexual predators and the institutions that protect them are exposed, children can be protected."

St. Paul archdiocese charged over handling of abuse claims

By Jeff Herman
June 12, 2015

Criminal charges have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing it of failing to protect children from a priest who pleaded guilty of sexual abuse in 2012, reports The Daily Republic.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "When the archdiocese is a defendant, even though it limits possible penalties to a fine, it is exposing predators and the institutions that protect them."

Naperville coach charged with sexually abusing 14-year-old girl

By Jeff Herman
June 09, 2015

A volunteer girls’ basketball coach at Hill Middle School in Naperville was charged with having inappropriate contact with one of her players at a sleepover, according to The Chicago Tribune.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "When a child is sexually abused, the predator and the institution that protected the predator must be held accountable."

Former English Teacher Pleaded Guilty to Three Counts of Forcible Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 08, 2015

Brianne Altice, 35, a former teacher at Davis High School in Kaysville, pleaded guilty in April to three counts of forcible sexual abuse, admitting she touched the genitals of three students from January to September 2013, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "This is every parent's worst nightmare.  The person they trusted abused her position of power and preyed on these young children.

Four Seasons co-owner charged with sexual abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 05, 2015

The co-owner of the Four Seasons restaurant was arrested on Wednesday on a charge that he sexually abused a 28-year-old woman during a party at the celebrated Manhattan restaurant, according to The New York Times.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "This classic 'he said, she said' scenario has many victims reluctant to come forward immediately out of fear that they would not be believed."

Former Underwood Middle School teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 04, 2015

A former Underwood Middle School teacher has pleaded guilty to sex abuse charges, reports KETV Omaha.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "Although it may be difficult for kids to come forward, it is important to do so because only after a child fully discloses the details of an event can they begin to adequately deal with their feelings and begin the healing process.  Healing is a journey, not a destination.  The process may take place over a person's lifetime, but when a full disclosure is made, a child victim can finally begin to take back control and begin to truly heal."

Boyd Anderson High Substitute Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student

By Jeff Herman
June 02, 2015

A former Broward substitute teacher is facing several charges for having sex with an underage student, reports The Sun-Sentinel.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse says: "While identifying child sexual abuse can be difficult, educating ourselves and our children about looking out for red flags is one of the best things we can do to protect kids."

Miami rabbi accused of fondling 11-year-old girl

By Jeff Herman
June 01, 2015

A Florida rabbi is accused of fondling an 11-year-old girl through her clothes and caressing her buttocks at his Miami Beach art gallery, reports The Miami Herald. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "The reason Rabbi Karro gave for why he touched her buttocks is frightening.  I am a firm believer that a man should never be alone with a child.

Governor Rick Scott Signs Bill Allowing Children to Secretly Record Their Attackers

By Jeff Herman
May 28, 2015

A new bill now allows secret recordings, made by victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts, to be used as evidence in court.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "What this bill allows is a good step towards protecting our children and I am hopeful that more changes are coming to continue those efforts."

Report chronicles decades of sexual abuse allegations at Horace Mann

By Jeff Herman
May 27, 2015

A report, compiled by the Horace Mann Action Coalition, demonstrated that the alleged sexual abuse at Horace Mann was more widespread than initially described, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "By law, teachers and school administrators are mandated to report suspected child sexual abuse.  Student safety must always be a school's highest priority."  

Jury Finds Loomes Wheeler Guilty on 7 Charges

By Jeff Herman
May 22, 2015

After deliberating for nine hours, an Osceola County jury found Loomes Wheeler Jr. guilty on seven charges, three counts of battery, two count of lewd and lascivious molestation, and two counts of lewd and lascivious conduct, as reported by The Orlando Sentinel.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "I applaud these young victims of sexual abuse for coming forward with their stories.  It is not easy but I believe that only with disclosure can you start the healing process."

Former Carpentersville Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

By Jeff Herman
May 19, 2015

A former Carpentersville Middle School teacher was charged Monday with criminal sexual assault after allegedly having sexual contact with a minor, according to The Chicago Tribune.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "Student safety is of the utmost importance.  It is my hope that law enforcement thoroughly investigates and all allegations are being addressed."

St. Charles North Dean's Assistant Charged With Sexually Assaulting a Student

By Jeff Herman
May 14, 2015

A dean’s assistant at Saint Charles North High School has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated sexual abuse, as reported by The Chicago Tribune.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse says: "One of his duties as a dean's assistant was to make sure students are safe but what he did was the complete opposite."

Media Coverage on Palmer Trinity School Lawsuit

By contacthermanlaw
May 14, 2015

Attorney Jeff Herman held a press conference in front of the Dade County Courthouse yesterday to announce the filing of a lawsuit against PALMER TRINITY PRIVATE SCHOOL.  Below are some media coverage: 

 

ALERT: Bullying of a 14-Year-Old Boy Escalated to Sexual Assault, After School Officials Failed to Discipline

By contacthermanlaw
May 13, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against the PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL for the bullying and sexual assault of a male student by three male students at PALMER TRINITY SCHOOL.  Jeff Herman, the victim’s attorney, stated: “A school must never needlessly endanger children.  When it comes to protecting kids, schools should always make the safest choice.” 

Court allows sexual abuse case to go forward against NYC Department of Education

By contacthermanlaw
May 08, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces a Herman Law win: Court granted the Petition allowing the alleged victim, T.T., to file her Notice of Claim against the Department of Education after the 90 day deadline had expired.

Pastor charged with abusing three boys

By Jeff Herman
May 07, 2015

A pastor associated with an unspecified number of churches in the Bay Area is accused of sexually abusing three boys in Stockton in the 1990s, according to The Stockton Record.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, hopes that these brave survivors who had the courage to come forward will help to empower other survivors to do so as well so they can begin the healing process.

Tucson massage therapist accused of sexual abuse of client

By Jeff Herman
May 04, 2015

A Tucson massage therapist accused of sexual abuse of a client is facing multiple felony charges, as reported by Arizona Daily Star.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says "Seeking massage therapy often places women in vulnerable positions; therefore, a spa has a duty to provide a safe environment for their clients."

School Worker Accused of Rape

By Jeff Herman
April 24, 2015

An instructor, employed by Roads to Success, which runs after-school programs across the city, was charged with raping a student.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, believes this is every parent's worst nightmare because the person they trusted abused his power and purposely inflicted harm to their child.

ALERT: Lawsuit Alleges Teacher's Aide Fondled Penis of a 3-Year-Old Daycare Student

By contacthermanlaw
April 23, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against CHILDREN OF AMERICA for the sexual assault and battery of a 3-year-old child while attending the daycare by JEFFERSON CABRERA, a teacher’s aide at CHILDREN OF AMERICA.

Three Victims Come Forward Against Former Church Worker Arrested for Sex Abuse

By Jeff Herman
April 16, 2015

The Abilene Police Department has identified three possible victims in the case of a former Abilene daycare teacher who was charged with sexual assault of a child, as reported by KTXS.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, applauds victims for coming forward.  Although it isn't easy, he believes only with disclosure can one start the healing process.

Principal accused of keeping child sex abuse quiet to avoid scandal

By Jeff Herman
April 09, 2015

A Montgomery County substitute teacher, Jose Pineda, pleaded guilty to sex offense charges involving two students, triggering allegations about his former boss’ failure to report the abuse, according to The Washington Post. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, states "By law, teachers and school administrators are required to report suspected and any incidents of child sexual abuse.  Student safety must always be a school’s highest priority. " 

SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH

By contacthermanlaw
April 01, 2015

Today marks the beginning of SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH! More than a quarter of a million people are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S. While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted, like being aware of your surroundings and avoiding isolated areas.

Former Queens Teacher Guilty of Sex Abuse

By Jeff Herman
April 01, 2015

A former Queens elementary school teacher will not go to prison despite pleading guilty to charges that he inappropriately touched one of his students and endangered three others over the course of three school years.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, believes that although it seems unfair that Cortez did not receive any jail time, every decision must be made in the best interest of the victims.  Testifying in court can amplify trauma for victims of childhood sexual abuse so it is understandable why the district’s attorney office would offer this plea.

ALERT: 13-Year-Old Student Sexually Assaulted & Battered at Westminster Christian School

By contacthermanlaw
March 31, 2015

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN PRIVATE SCHOOL, INC. for the bullying, hazing and sexual assault of JOHN DOE by two older male students at WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.

D.C. Police Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse by 3rd Victim

By Jeff Herman
March 20, 2015

New accusations from a third victim have surfaced after a police officer was charged with sexual assaulting two teen girls, one of them at police headquarters and the other at his church, according to NBC Washington.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse believes officers of the law are supposed to protect the community but allegations demonstrate Best did not protect but exploited our children.

McDonald's Employee Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Battery

By contacthermanlaw
March 17, 2015

A McDonald’s employee was arrested after allegedly touching a child inappropriately. 

Alert: Female Student Orally Raped at St. Gregory the Great School by Male Student

By contacthermanlaw
March 12, 2015

JEFF HERMAN, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against the ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK for sexual harassment, sexual assault and physical battery of a female student by older male students of ST. GREGORY THE GREAT SCHOOL. Herman states: “A school must never needlessly endanger children. When it comes to protecting kids, schools should always make the safest choice.

SEX, DRUGS & ALCOHOL; Two Female Teachers Charged

By Jeff Herman
March 10, 2015

Two female teachers were charged after taking male high school students on a camping trip and supplying them with alcohol and cocaine and having unlawful intercourse.

ALERT: Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Hammock Beach Resort

By contacthermanlaw
March 06, 2015

ALERT: Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Hammock Beach Resort.  Jeff Herman, the victim’s attorney, stated: “Seeking massage therapy often places women in vulnerable positions, therefore; a spa has a duty to provide a safe environment for their clients.”

Teacher indicted on charges of sexual abuse of former student

By Jeff Herman
March 06, 2015

A suspended social studies teacher at A.A. Kingston Middle School was indicted Wednesday on multiple charges for allegedly having sexual intercourse and other forms of sexual contact with a 14-year-old student.  Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, applauds the parents in this case for being vigilant in order to catch this predator from continuing to harm their little girl.  I urge all parents to monitor their child’s activities in order to protect them from dangers like this teacher.

Interviewing Victims of Sexual Abuse

By contacthermanlaw
February 26, 2015

One of the most important things we do at Herman Law is interviewing victims of sexual abuse, particularly children. If the interview is done correctly, it can help the child begin to heal. Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, shares his experiences and techniques on getting disclosures from children.

Former Basketball Coach at Albert Einstein Academy Arrested

By Jeff Herman
February 24, 2015

A former basketball coach at the Albert Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita, Randolph Jackson, was awaiting extradition Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of molesting five boys between November 2010 and January 2015.

Bus Monitor for Mat-Su Schools Charged With Sex Abuse

By Jeff Herman
February 23, 2015

A man identified as a bus monitor with a contract for Mat-Su Schools was charged with sexually abusing children. Timothy Queripel, 41, of Wasilla was arrested Friday on five counts of sexual abuse of a minor, according to a press release. 

St. Charles Man, 81, Charged With Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
February 20, 2015

An 81-year-old St. Charles man is headed back to court on a charge that he sexually abused a girl younger than 13 years old over a two-year-period. 

Sexual Abuse Allegations in Lawsuit Against Prominent Islamic Scholar

By Jeff Herman
February 18, 2015

A prominent religious leader who founded a school in the suburbs, the popular Institute of Islamic Education, is now charged with sexual abuse.  Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says when a brave survivor breaks their silence a predator is exposed, other victims find the courage to come forward as well. 

Media reports on sexual abuse lawsuit against the Palm Beach County School District

By contacthermanlaw
February 17, 2015

Media reports on a sexual abuse lawsuit by a Jupiter family against the Palm Beach County School District.

California Teacher Sentenced to 10 Years for Sexually Abusing Former Students

By Jeff Herman
February 13, 2015

After a YouTube video went viral of a woman accusing Cardosa of abusing her when she was a 12-year-old student, an investigation was launched which ultimately lead to the California educator, Andrea Michelle Cardosa, being sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday.

Second Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Palm Springs Hospital in Hialeah

By Jeff Herman
January 06, 2015

Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a second lawsuit against PALM SPRINGS GENERAL HOSPITAL for the sexual assault of a male patient by Rene Martinez, a certified nursing assistant at the hospital. Martinez was later arrested for the alleged sexual assault of another patient, who captured that assault on videotape.

ALERT: High School Football Players Accused of Rape in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Charter Schools USA

By Jeff Herman
November 06, 2014

JEFF HERMAN, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit against the CHARTER SCHOOLS USA for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by two male student football players in the Dean of Students’ office during school hours at KEYS GATE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL.

Court Says Communications Decency Act Does Not Shield Website from Liability in Sexual Abuse Negligence Case – Jane Doe No. 14 v. Model Mayhem

By contacthermanlaw
September 17, 2014

In a landmark decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Communications Decency Act does not protect Internet Brands, DBA ModelMayhem.com, from liability in a sexual abuse negligence claim. Jeff Herman, the attorney for Jane Doe and a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, said: “This is a landmark decision and a victory for victims of sexual abuse. For the first time ever, websites may be held liable for their failure to protect users from a known danger. I look forward to taking this case to trial.”

Connecticut Boy Scout leader sentenced to prison for child sexual abuse

By Jeff Herman
August 05, 2014

A Rocky Hill father, former pilot, and Boy Scout leader was sentenced to eight years in prison for having sexual contact with two boys. 

Appeals court says sexual abuse lawsuit against Archdiocese of Atlanta can move forward

By Jeff Herman
July 18, 2014

The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that prohibited a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Atlanta from moving forward because the suit was filed under the pseudonym “Jane Doe”. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse and the attorney for Jane Doe, said, "This is a significant victory for victims of sexual abuse."

Models Speak Out About Terry Richardson Sexual Harassment Allegations

By Jeff Herman
June 18, 2014

In the wake of a New York Magazine profile of celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, models who allege they were sexually abused by Richardson are speaking out against the photographer and the piece. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation commends the women for speaking out against an industry that enables predators.

Texas teacher charged with sexually assaulting 6-year-old student

By contacthermanlaw
June 16, 2014

A Texas elementary school teacher, Alfredo Andrade-Gaytan, has been arrested after police say he sexually assaulted a 6-year-old kindergarten student.

Jeff Herman launches new weekly web series, Voice for Victims

By contacthermanlaw
June 02, 2014

Voice for Victims with Jeff Herman is a weekly web series centered around current events and news stories related to sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, rape, and sexual assault. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, provides his industry expertise and insight to educate viewers, open up the lines of communication, and be a voice for victims. The topic for the first show was campus sexual assault. Join the conversation on Twitter: @JeffHerman #VoiceforVictims

 

 

Lawsuit alleges surgeon sexually assaulted surgical technician at Memorial Regional Hospital

By contacthermanlaw
May 14, 2014

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against Memorial Regional Hospital and Dr. Juan Wester for the sexual assault of a female surgical technologist.

Jeff Herman obtains $5.25 million jury verdict for boy in Downtown Miami Charter School sexual abuse case

By contacthermanlaw
April 15, 2014

A jury has awarded a $5.25 million verdict to a boy who alleges he was bullied and sexually abused by an older student at Downtown Miami Charter School beginning when he was just seven years old. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, says: "One of the ways to hold these institutions accountable is through civil suits, and being awarded this money is the beginning of this young man's healing process."

Sexual assault lawsuit filed against North Shore Medical Center

By contacthermanlaw
January 23, 2014

JEFF HERMAN, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against NORTH SHORE MEDICAL CENTER for the sexual assault of a female patient by DAVID WAND, a physician’s assistant at North Shore Hospital at the time of the assault.

Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against The Benjamin School

By contacthermanlaw
September 17, 2013

JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit against the THE BENJAMIN SCHOOL for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl by an older teenage boy (“A.M.”), during an overnight national student conference for the Yale Model United Nations Program.

Court Allows Claim for Punitive Damages in Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against Archdiocese of Miami

By contacthermanlaw
September 10, 2013

A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge has granted attorney Jeff Herman’s motion to add a claim for punitive damages to a child sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami. The lawsuit, which is set for trial in November, alleges child sexual abuse by Miguel Cala, a former music teacher at St. Andrew Catholic School who was convicted of molestation charges last year.

California passes bill opening window for childhood sexual abuse lawsuits

By Jeff Herman
September 09, 2013

California legislators approved a bill that opens a one-year window for sexual abuse lawsuits. Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, commends the advocates and legislators who fought on behalf of the victims who were denied justice in California.

Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against West Palm Hospital

By contacthermanlaw
August 27, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against West Palm Hospital for alleged child sexual abuse by hospital employee Dan Furio. 

Inside Edition investigates modeling websites: Jeff Herman discusses sex abuse lawsuit against Model Mayhem on tonight's episode

By contacthermanlaw
August 16, 2013

An Inside Edition investigation into modeling websites warns aspiring models to beware. Jeff Herman will appear on tonight's episode to discuss a sexual abuse lawsuit he filed against Model Mayhem. 

Sexual abuse lawsuits against School Board of Highlands County represent 'active legal battle'

By contacthermanlaw
July 18, 2013

An article published in Highlands Today describes an "active legal battle" in the five sexual abuse lawsuits filed against the School Board of Highlands County.

Child sexual abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, represents the five children who allege in their lawsuits that they were sexually molested during after-care at Lake Country Elementary by Orestes Gonzalez, the husband of former school board employee Maria Gonzales.

Miami Herald: Suit filed against Coconut Creek pre-school alleging sexual abuse

By contacthermanlaw
July 11, 2013

A second lawsuit has been filed against Discovery Preschool in Coconut Creek for alleged child sexual abuse by former music teacher, Olakunle Omomowo ("Mr. Ola"). Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse who represents the victims in both lawsuits, discusses the allegations in a n article published today in the Miami Herald.

Lawsuit against Archdiocese of Denver alleges sexual assault by Catholic priest

By contacthermanlaw
July 08, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Denver for the alleged sexual assault of a woman by a Catholic priest, Father Jose Saenz.

Media Alert: Child sex abuse lawsuit alleges pastor knew music teacher was abusing boys in the school

By contacthermanlaw
June 18, 2013

Nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), announces the filing of a lawsuit against ST. ANDREW CATHOLIC SCHOOL and ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI for child sexual abuse by MIGUEL CALA, a former St. Andrew music teacher who was convicted of molestation charges last year.

Discovery Preschool Sexual Abuse Allegations: What should I do if my child was exposed to Mr. Ola?

By contacthermanlaw
June 11, 2013

Discovery Preschool music teacher, Olakunle Omomowo (known by his students as Mr. Ola), was recently arrested and held without bond on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12. Days after the arrest, attorney Jeff Herman filed a lawsuit against the Coconut Creek daycare on behalf of the very brave child who first came forward with the allegations against Mr. Ola. 

Study: Sexually Abused Girls More Likely to Use Substances Before Age 10

By Jeff Herman
May 28, 2013

A new study finds that girls who are raped or molested at a young age are more likely to start drinking or doing drugs as preteens. Jeff Herman discusses the findings and offers advice for families of child sexual abuse victims.

Lawsuit against Broward County School Board alleges sexual abuse by former Lauderhill Middle teacher

By contacthermanlaw
May 16, 2013

Nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, JEFF HERMAN, announces the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit against the SCHOOL BOARD OF BROWARD COUNTY for the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy by former Lauderhill Middle School teacher, Kristen Sullivan. 

Child Sexual Abuse Investigation at Monsignor Slade Catholic School

By Jeff Herman
May 15, 2013

Days after police began investigating claims of child sexual abuse at Monsignor Slade Catholic School, the Archdiocese of Baltimore declined to discuss the employment status of the staff members in question, the Capital Gazette reported.

Newsday: Jeff Herman discusses the role of social media in student-teacher sex abuse cases

By contacthermanlaw
May 08, 2013

An article published yesterday in Newsday examined the role of technology in teacher-student sexual abuse cases. Newsday reached out to Jeff Herman, one of the nation’s top sexual abuse attorneys, for his thoughts on how technology is making it easier for adults to prey on children.

Survivor of Sex Abuse Breaks Her Silence; Jeff Herman discusses her case in USA Today

By contacthermanlaw
May 02, 2013

Raquel Mallett, 20, spoke with the Detroit Free Press last month about the abuse she says she suffered at the hands of an assistant principal at Peterson-Warren Academy in Inkster, Michigan when she was 16 years old. A lawsuit filed on her behalf by attorney Jeff Herman alleges school officials and teachers knew, or should have known, about the abuse she was subjected to but did nothing to stop it or protect her.

The article was re-printed in USA Today.

 

Jeff Herman named "Child Advocate of the Year" by KidSafe Foundation

By contacthermanlaw
April 29, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney and advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse, was honored on Friday by KidSafe Foundation for his commitment to protecting children from sexual abuse.

Lawsuit filed against Miami Dade School Board alleges student-on-student sexual assault at Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center

By Jeff Herman
April 24, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sex abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against MIAMI DADE SCHOOL BOARD for the sexual assault and repeated sexual harassment of a student by another student at Benjamin Franklin K-8 Center.

Attorney Jeff Herman Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against School Board of Palm Beach County

By Jeff Herman
April 23, 2013

Jeff Herman, nationally recognized attorney for victims of sex abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against SCHOOL BOARD OF PALM BEACH COUNTY for the repeated sexual assault of a student by another student at CORAL SUNSET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Former Utah private school teacher and coach gets prison for sex abuse of teens

By Jeff Herman
April 19, 2013

Broch Clyde DeGraff, former soccer coach and teacher at Liahona Preperatory Academy in Pleasant Grove, Utah, will spend up to 20 years in prison for the sexual abuse of two 16-year-old students.

Attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, discusses the grooming process that causes many child victims to feel compliant in abuse.

Child Victims Act supporters rally to end statute of limitations in New York

By Jeff Herman
April 17, 2013

Supporters of the Child Victims Act will gather for the second day today at the Legislative Office Building in Albany to urge New York lawmakers to pass the bill, which would eliminate the criminal and civil statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases.

 

Former ASA Supervisor of Sex Crimes Unit, Dennis Siegel, Joins Herman Law

By contacthermanlaw
April 15, 2013

Dennis Siegel, former Assistant State Attorney and Supervisor of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit in Broward County, joins Herman Law.

KidSafe Foundation Honors Jeff Herman for "Shining the Light" on Child Sexual Abuse

By contacthermanlaw
April 09, 2013

KidSafe Foundation will honor Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of child sexual abuse, during their fourth annual fundraiser, Shine the Light, on April 26th.

Former Rosarian Academy teacher, Stephen Budd, arrested for sexual assault; West Palm Beach Police seek more victims

By Jeff Herman
April 05, 2013

Stephen Budd, a 51-year-old teacher, was arrested late Wednesday after allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted a former student at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reported. Nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, commends West Palm Beach police for reaching out to families potential child sexual abuse victims.

Fifth Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Former ‘Elmo’ Puppeteer Kevin Clash

By contacthermanlaw
April 02, 2013

Jeff Herman (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, filed another child sexual abuse lawsuit this morning against former voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash. This lawsuit is the fifth to arise from the alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy by former Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash.

Supreme Court Rules U.S. Government Can Be Sued Over Assault by Prison Guards

By Jeff Herman
March 28, 2013

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual assault and abuse, breaks down the Supreme Court opinion on prison guard abuse in Millbrook v. United States.

Sexual assault lawsuit filed against Westside Regional Medical Center

By contacthermanlaw
March 27, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against WESTSIDE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER for the sexual assault of a female patient by PATRICK BARRY, a hospital security guard.

Brooklyn couple arrested for plot to open babysitting service as sex abuse cover

By Jeff Herman
March 22, 2013

A Brooklyn couple has been arrested and accused of planning to open a babysitting service as a cover to drug and sexually abuse children. Child advocate and attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, discusses this and other ways child molesters try to gain access to children.

Parents claim University of Utah covered up ex-ASU swim coach's abusive behavior

By Jeff Herman
March 13, 2013

Following the recent suspension of University of Utah head swim coach Greg Winslow for allegations of sexual abuse, some former athletes and their parents are claiming the university knew of inappropriate behavior for years, but failed to take action. Nationally recognized sexual abuse attorney Jeff Herman discusses the handling of abuse claims.

Ex-Elmo voice Kevin Clash wants sex abuse lawsuits dismissed; Attorney Jeff Herman responds

By contacthermanlaw
March 04, 2013

Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo, filed a motion to have three sexual abuse lawsuits dismissed. Jeff Herman, the attorney who represents the three alleged victims, responds to the motion.

Victims take the fight to end clergy sex abuse to Rome; Push Pope for action on his last day

By Jeff Herman
February 26, 2013

Leaders of the US-based international support group SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will hold a news conference today to urge Pope  Benedict to undertake steps now, in his final days as pope, that will deter future abuse of children by clergy and will help ease the pain and suffering of abuse victims.

Parents Sue a Lake Alfred Day Care, Saying Child, 3, Injured

By contacthermanlaw
February 22, 2013

Attorney Jeff Herman talks to The Ledger about a child sex abuse lawsuit filed last week against a Florida daycare.

Judge denies Diocese of Camden's request to extensively question alleged victim

By Jeff Herman
February 21, 2013

A judge has rejected a bid by the Diocese of Camden to spend two days questioning a man who alleges he was sexually abused by a priest and then repressed the memory for years.

Jeff Herman discusses the lawsuit and how these types of legal tactics harm both victims and the church .

Pope Benedict's legacy disappoints victims of clergy sex abuse

By Jeff Herman
February 12, 2013

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse and an expert on the clergy sex abuse crisis, weighs in on Pope Benedict XVI's resignation announcement and his record for handling the sex abuse crisis.

Jeff Herman featured in Boca Raton Magazine

By contacthermanlaw
February 06, 2013

Boca Raton Magazine features nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse,Jeff Herman, in their February issue. Herman discusses "the Sandusky effect", collective empowerment, and the road that led him to his pursue his passion as an advocate for victims of sex abuse.

Sexual assault lawsuit filed against prominent Coral Gables restaurant, La Dorada

By contacthermanlaw
February 05, 2013

Jeff Herman (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against LA DORADA restaurant for the sexual assault of a hostess by restaurant manager/owner, Domingo Gandara.

Clergy sex abuse files released; Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony disciplined

By Jeff Herman
February 01, 2013

Following the release of about 12,000 pages of church documents revealing mishandled allegations of priest sexual abuse, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of the Los Angeles Archdiocese disciplined retired Cardinal Roger Mahony.

NY rabbi arrested on sex abuse charges; Pressures to report allegations mount

By Jeff Herman
January 31, 2013

A religious school rabbi is arrested for sex abuse charges just as pressure mounts on New York's ultra-orthodox Jewish community to report allegations of sexual abuse.

Confidential priest files reveal Los Angeles Church officials hid sex abuse

By Jeff Herman
January 22, 2013

Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other top officials in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles plotted to protect abusive priests from law enforcement and to conceal allegations of child molestation by priests from the public, the LA Times reported yesterday. Clergy sexual abuse attorney Jeff Herman discusses the recently released Catholic Church documents.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests: "Civil Lawsuits Help Criminal Prosecution"

By contacthermanlaw
January 17, 2013

In the wake of Father Neil Doherty's no contest plea on Monday, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) president, Barbara Blaine, explains how civil lawsuits can help criminal prosecution in clergy sexual abuse cases.

South Florida priest pleads no contest in child sexual abuse case

By Jeff Herman
January 15, 2013

South Florida priest Neil Doherty pleads no contest in child sexual abuse case. Jeff Herman, attorney for dozens of men who allege in civil lawsuits they were sexually abused as children by Doherty, weighs in on the plea.

Attorney Jeff Herman appears on Dr. Drew to discuss rape allegations against Dennis Hopper's son, Henry

By contacthermanlaw
January 11, 2013

Teen who alleges she was raped by Henry Hopper discusses the allegations with her attorney, Jeff Herman, on Dr. Drew On Call.

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY: Henry Hopper accuser breaks her silence

By contacthermanlaw
January 07, 2013

 

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 1 PM

Henry Hopper accuser comes forward to discuss rape allegations 

 

WHAT: Jane Doe, the teenage girl who alleges she was raped at age 15 by Dennis Hopper’s son, Henry Hopper, will speak out for the first time about her alleged encounters with the up-and-coming actor. To help Jane break her silence, she and her mother retained JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, to represent them in the sexual abuse lawsuit against Hopper. Jane and her attorney will speak to the media about the allegations against Hopper and the psychological and emotional injuries Jane continues to suffer. They will also speak with Dr. Drew on his HLN program tonight.

 

Hundreds arrested in child sex abuse operation; child victims removed from abusers' homes

By Jeff Herman
January 03, 2013

Nationally recognized child advocate and attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, weighs in on "Operation Sunflower" and resulting arrests.

Attorney Jeff Herman featured in Baltimore Sun: "I just think I'm protecting kids"

By contacthermanlaw
January 02, 2013

Jeff Herman, nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses mounting claims against former voice of Elmo, Kevin Clash. Herman tells the Baltimore Sun his goal is to listen to sex abuse victims and give them a voice.

2012 a year of justice for child sexual abuse victims

By Jeff Herman
December 26, 2012

Child sexual abuse attorney Jeff Herman explains why 2012 was a landmark year in the fight against child sexual abuse.

Former students claim Yeshiva University officials ignored sex abuse allegations

By Jeff Herman
December 20, 2012

A Jewish Daily Forward investigation into sex abuse claims at Yeshiva University High School for Boys indicates Y.U. and the Rabbinical Council of America ignored accusations that teachers abused students in the 1980's.

Empowering child victims to heal after trauma

By Jeff Herman
December 17, 2012

When a child suffers trauma, it is important not to stick our heads in the sand. By helping a child to make a full disclosure, we can help empower that child to begin their healing process.

Former Miami Springs Middle School teacher named in two new child sex abuse lawsuits filed by Jeff Herman

By contacthermanlaw
December 13, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a second and third lawsuit against SCHOOL BOARD OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, for the sexual abuse of two middle school students by Carlos Usatorres, a former teacher at Miami Springs Middle School.

Usatorres was recently rearrested for contacting the first underage victim through Tumblr.

Jeff Herman to emcee JAFCO's 3rd annual Chanukah Miracles Luncheon

By contacthermanlaw
December 11, 2012

Jeff Herman is honored to be selected to emcee the 3rd annual Chanukah Miracles Luncheon. Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO)  is an organization dedicated to caring for abused, neglected and special needs children.

Fourth child sexual abuse claim made against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

By contacthermanlaw
December 10, 2012

Lawsuit filed today by attorney Jeff Herman alleges voice of Elmo paid for the transportation of a minor from Florida to New York for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity.

Woman Alleges Sexual Abuse by Male Masseuse, According to Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Sanctuary Hotel in Miami, Florida

By contacthermanlaw
December 06, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a new lawsuit against Sanctuary Hotel for the sexual abuse of a young woman by Juan Fraga, a masseuse working at the Sanctuary Spa & Salon.

VIDEO: Attorney Jeff Herman and third Kevin Clash accuser speak to Dr. Drew on HLN

By contacthermanlaw
November 29, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman and his client speak with Dr. Drew on HLN about the latest lawsuit filed against Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash.

Alert: News conference today at 1pm-- Third sex abuse claim against Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash

By contacthermanlaw
November 27, 2012

 

***MEDIA ALERT***

NEWS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 1PM

 

WHAT: Attorney JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against KEVIN CLASH for the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy. Herman will also release excerpts from a manuscript, written by John Doe in 2009. The manuscript details the sexual encounters of John Doe and the character, “Mr. Tickles”.

 

WHERE/WHEN:

TODAY, November 27th, 2012, 1:00pm, at Hilton New York

1335 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10019

Concourse B (downstairs from lobby)

 

 

Jeff Herman to appear on HLN's Dr. Drew On Call

By contacthermanlaw
November 25, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman will speak with Dr. Drew on Monday about the sexual abuse case he recently filed against Elmo puppeteer, Kevin Clash. The show airs on Monday, November 26 at 9pm on HLN.

Second child sexual abuse claim made against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash

By contacthermanlaw
November 20, 2012

Attorney JEFF HERMAN (www.hermanlaw.com), a nationally-recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announces the filing of a lawsuit against KEVIN CLASH for the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy.
 
 

Archdiocese of Miami Responds to Sexual Abuse Lawsuit By Targeting Attorney-- Miami New Times

By contacthermanlaw
November 16, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman talks to Miami media about the Archdiocese of Miami's response to a sexual abuse lawsuit filed yesterday, naming Father Neil Doherty. 

**ALERT: Father Neil Doherty named in child sexual abuse lawsuit filed by Jeff Herman

By contacthermanlaw
November 15, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, announced the filing of a lawsuit against Archdiocese of Miami for the sexual abuse of a child by Father Neil Doherty, a priest currently in jail awaiting a criminal trial.

Attorney Jeff Herman named 'Today's Honoree'

By contacthermanlaw
November 14, 2012

Nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, named  "Today's Honoree".

Elmo puppeteer accused of sexual abuse, not an "underage relationship"

By Jeff Herman
November 13, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, weighs in on the media coverage of sexual allegations facing Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash. 

Former NBA player Keyon Dooling bravely confronts past sexual abuse

By Jeff Herman
November 12, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, applauds former Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling for speaking out about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

South Florida man accused of child sexual abuse promoted to head Broward HIV center

By Jeff Herman
November 09, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses Broward House's decision to promote Michael McGuigan to CEO, despite allegations of child sexual abuse.

Child molesters count on us to blame the victim

By Jeff Herman
November 08, 2012

Sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman explains how blaming victims enables sexual predators.

Penn State and BBC child sex abuse scandals prompt other victims to break their silence

By Jeff Herman
November 07, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses collective empowerment prompted by high profile sexual abuse cases.

Sexual abuse laws must put victims first

By Jeff Herman
November 06, 2012

Child sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman discusses the need for state laws to put victims first in cases of institutional sex abuse cover-ups.

Victims' group holds two events in Miami

By contacthermanlaw
November 01, 2012

Clergy sex abuse victims will hold two events in Miami today. Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, they will urge Miami’s Catholic archbishop to

--explain why he quietly suspended and re-assigned a controversial priest who has been sued at least four times for child sex abuse, and

--hold an open public meeting and take questions from parishioners at each church where the pedophile was assigned.

Boy Scouts' perversion files prompt discussion about statute of limitations reform

By Jeff Herman
October 30, 2012

The release earlier this month of over 1,200 confidential files on suspected child sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America has shed light on an important legal issue that impacts the safety of children—the statute of limitations. Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse.

Does "Stranger Danger" Threaten Your Child's Safety?

By Jeff Herman
October 29, 2012

In recent years, we have learned that statistically, “stranger danger” is not what we really need to be worried about. Jeff Herman, nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses why parents need to shift the conversation away from "stranger danger" and focus on a more realistic strategy to protect kids.

Why Don't Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims Tell?

By Jeff Herman
October 26, 2012

Nationally recognized lawyer for victims of childhood sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, discusses the complex reasons many victims of childhood sexual abuse keep quiet.

Why Don't Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims Tell?

By Jeff Herman
October 26, 2012

Nationally recognized lawyer for victims of childhood sexual abuse, Jeff Herman, discusses the complex reasons many victims of childhood sexual abuse keep quiet.

Miami archdiocese suspends priest following sexual abuse lawsuit

By contacthermanlaw
October 25, 2012

The Archdiocese of Miami announced that Father Rolando Garcia, pastor of St. Agatha church, was placed on administrative leave due to the latest allegations of child sexual abuse.

Video: More allegations come to light against Miami priest accused of child sexual abuse

By contacthermanlaw
October 24, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman and a brave victim discuss allegations of childhood sexual abuse by an active Miami priest.

Boy Scouts of America "Perversion Files"-- View Files in Florida

By contacthermanlaw
October 19, 2012

The Boy Scout Ineligible Volunteer Files (Perversion Files) (1965 – 1985) were made public yesterday. Is your scout leader or troop listed?

New Statute of Limitations Reform Bill in New Jersey Senate and Assembly

By contacthermanlaw
October 18, 2012

There is a new Statute of Limitations (SOL) reform bill in both houses in NJ. It extends the civil SOL to age 48 and has a 2-year window that applies to institutions, supervisors, employees, and public schools.

For the survivors of child sex abuse in NJ, let's do what is needed to make this happen!

Analysis of Boy Scouts' "Perversion Files" Reveals a Familiar Pattern of Molestation

By Jeff Herman
October 17, 2012

The Boy Scouts of America's secret "perversion files" reveal a pattern of molestation, the LA Times reported. Sexual abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, discusses 'grooming behavior' and why it makes pedophiles so dangerous. 

Message to Parents: Err on the Side of Caution to Protect Your Kids

By Jeff Herman
October 16, 2012

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized sexual abuse attorney and advocate for children's safety, advises parents to trust their instincts when it comes to protecting kids from predators.

5 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against School Board of Highlands County

By contacthermanlaw
October 15, 2012

Earlier this month, Jeff Herman filed three new sexual abuse lawsuits against the School Board of Highlands County, bringing the total case count against the school board to five.

Boy Scouts' Perversion Files Released Online: Florida Ranks 6th in the Nation for Most BSA Leaders Accused of Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
October 12, 2012

Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses the release of the Boy Scouts' "perversion files".

Jeff Herman to Appear on Primer Impacto

By contacthermanlaw
October 10, 2012

Sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman will appear on Primer Impacto on Univision this evening at 5pm to discuss a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami.

Sandusky blames accusers on the eve of sentencing

By Jeff Herman
October 09, 2012

The evening before Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to spend 30-60 years in prison, the former Penn State coach lashed out at his accusers. Sexual abuse attorney Jeff Herman analyzes Sandusky's statements and sides with survivors.

Florida leads the nation in tough child sex abuse reporting laws

By Jeff Herman
October 08, 2012

Jeff Herman, attorney for victims of sexual abuse, discusses Florida's new child protection laws. Advocates bill the new law as the toughest in the nation. 

Video: Lawsuit Alleges Prominent Priest Sexually Abused 11-Year-Old Altar Boy on Honolulu Military Base, Jeff Herman Speaks to Hawaii Media

By contacthermanlaw
October 04, 2012

New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse of a young boy by Father Maurice G. McNeely, a military chaplain at the Fort Shafter Military Base in Oahu, Hawaii during the early 1970s. Clergy abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, discusses the allegations and Hawaii's new law on KHON2, a Fox-affiliated station in Honolul

Lawsuit Alleges Prominent Priest Sexually Abused 11-Year-Old Altar Boy on Hawaii Military Base

By Jeff Herman
October 03, 2012

New lawsuit alleges Father Maurice G. McNeely, a Catholic priest and author of the book, "Catholicism Without the Guilt," sexually abused an 11-year-old altar boy while ministering to servicemen and their families at Fort Shafter Military Base in Honolulu, Hawaii.

TSA hired priest accused of child sexual abuse

By Jeff Herman
October 01, 2012

TSA reportedly hired defrocked priest, Thomas Harkins, as a security officer and tasked him with patting down passengers at Philadelphia International Airport. Clergy abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, recently filed another lawsuit alleging that Father Thomas Harkins sexually abused a 10-year-old girl. 

Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against New Tribes Mission

By contacthermanlaw
September 28, 2012

New lawsuit filed by clergy abuse attorney Jeff Herman alleges Dave Brooks, a bible studies teacher and dormitory supervisor, sexually abused a six-year-old girl at New Tribes Fanda Missionary School.

Penn State Trial: Motions to Drop Charges Denied

By contacthermanlaw
September 27, 2012

Perjury case against Penn State officials will proceed.

 

 

California Law Responds to Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal

By Jeff Herman
September 25, 2012

Prompted by the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, two bills signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown will require coaches and administrators in California's K-12 schools and all higher education employees to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Clergy abuse attorney Jeff Herman discusses the law and its potential impact.

Save The Date: MaleSurvivor 2012 International Conference, November 15-18

By contacthermanlaw
September 24, 2012

MaleSurvivor Announces its 13th International Conference, "A World of Healing". MaleSurvivor is an organization committed to preventing, healing, and eliminating all forms of sexual victimization of boys and men through support, treatment, research, education, advocacy, and activism.

 

Catholic School Parents Seek Removal of Priest After Sex Abuse Allegations

By contacthermanlaw
September 21, 2012

Parents speak to local media about their petition to remove Father Rolando Garcia from St. Agatha Catholic School after the priest was named in a child sexual abuse lawsuit.

Identifying Child Sexual Abuse: Warning signs every parent should look for

By Jeff Herman
September 20, 2012

When a child is sexually abused, it is not usually by a stranger wearing an overcoat in the park. Ninety percent of children are abused by someone they know and trust.

Sex abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, says looking out for "red flags" is one of the best things parents and families can do to protect kids.

 

Boy Scouts of America Accused of Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

By Jeff Herman
September 19, 2012

Sexual abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, discusses an LA Times investigation of the Boy Scouts of America's "perversion files".

Sex Abuse Attorney Jeff Herman to Present at 2012 National Crime Victim Bar Association National Conference

By contacthermanlaw
September 18, 2012

Attorney Jeff Herman, a nationally recognized advocate for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, will be presenting at the 2012 National Crime Victim Bar Association National Conference in New Orleans.

**ALERT: SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Organizes Sidewalk News Conference Outside Diocese of Manchester in New Hampshire

By contacthermanlaw
September 13, 2012

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, will be organizing and publicly showing support to victims of clergy sexual abuse at a sidewalk news conference today outside the Manchester Diocese headquarters in Manchester.

The support group for clergy sex abuse victims, (www.SNAPnetwork.org), will publicly disclose two recently settled clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a New Hampshire priest, the now deceased Fr. George St. Jean. 

The victims in both lawsuits are represented by Miami clergy abuse attorney, Jeff Herman.

Video: Sexual Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Courtyard by Marriott

By contacthermanlaw
September 13, 2012

Miami media reports on sexual assault lawsuit against Courtyard by Marriott. Sex abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, and the victim in this case discuss the allegations.  

Pedophiles in the Catholic Church and Elsewhere: Clergy abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, commends NYT columnist

By Jeff Herman
September 11, 2012

Clergy abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, discusses Frank Bruni's New York Times editorial about institutions that cover up child sex abuse-- choosing reputation and profit over safety.

The Impact of Bishop Robert Finn’s Guilty Verdict

By Jeff Herman
September 10, 2012

Kansas City Catholic Bishop Robert Finn became the highest-ranking U.S. church official to be convicted of a crime related to a child sexual abuse scandal. Nationally recognized clergy sexual abuse attorney, Jeff Herman, weighs in on the verdict.

Childhood Sexual Abuse Linked to Later Heart Attacks in Men

By Jeff Herman
September 07, 2012

A study published this week in the Child Abuse & Neglect journal found a link between childhood sexual abuse and later heart attacks in men. 

Adult survivors of sexual abuse often have common emotional or physical issues relating to the abuse, particularly if they have been suffering in silence-- But it is never too late to get help.

Lawsuit Filed Against Archdiocese of Miami for Child Sexual Abuse

By contacthermanlaw
September 06, 2012

Lawsuit alleges Father Rolando Garcia sexually abused John Doe, and despite being accused of sexual abuse in 2007, Archdiocese of Miami continues to employ Father Garcia as a priest.

**ALERT: New Lawsuit says Elementary School Children Abused by Unsupervised Visitor

By Jessica Arbour
May 02, 2012

A new civil lawsuit filed by Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., says that the Highlands (FL) County School Board was first notified in 1994 that Orestes Gonzalez, the husband of school nurse and after-care supervisor Maria Gonzalez, molested an elementary school student during one of his unsupervised "visits" to the after school child care program.  The suit also alleges that Majel Bowerman , the principal who received the report in 1994, took no action against him or to otherwise warn parents that Maria Gonzalez would leave their children alone with Orestes Gonzalez for extended periods of time.  According to the Complaint, the plaintiff was abused between 2008 and 2010, while she was 8-10 years old while Bowerman was still principal.

**ALERT: New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Archdiocese of Miami**

By Jessica Arbour
May 02, 2012

The law firm of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., announces the filing of a new child sexual abuse and coverup lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami, alleging that retired priest Fr. Ricardo Castellanos sexually abused a young parishioner from 1994-1997, beginning when the boy was about 10 years old.  The suit also claims that the boy was forced to watch as Castellanos sexually abused a young, mentally handicapped boy from the San Isidro parish.  Castellanos became a popular Archdiocesan radio and TV personality during his pastorate at San Isidro, even though another priest claims Castellanos admitted to sexually abusing a young boy during the Mariel Boatlift when confronted in the early 1980s.  The news conference regarding the new lawsuit will be held at the firm's Miami offices at 1:00 today.

*ALERT: Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Daycare Sex Abuse Case*

By Jessica Arbour
January 18, 2012

Attorneys will hold a news conference today at 11:00am to announce a multi-million dollar verdict obtained on behalf of an 8 year old girl who was sexually abused as a preschooler at a Miami daycare in 2008. 

Herman Talks Failure to Report Penalties

By Jessica Arbour
December 16, 2011

Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., Managing Partner Jeff Herman is quoted in today's USA Today article on the lack of meaningful repercussions for failing to report suspected child abuse, and the danger that ultimately creates for kids.  The article also discusses the Archdiocese of Miami's repeated failures to report Father Neil Doherty, accused more than two dozen times of drugging and raping underage boys, until it was too late for officials to face criminal sanctions.  Herman was recently awarded a $100M jury verdict against Father Neil Doherty on behalf of one of Doherty's victims.

**ALERT: New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Hospital

By Jessica Arbour
December 08, 2011

Today- 2:00pm: New Lawsuit says Bethesda Memorial Hospital nurse sexually assaulted patient during course of hospitalization in September 2011.  Click above for more details.

Herman Quoted in CBS.com Column

By Jessica Arbour
November 28, 2011

Managing Partner Jeff Herman was featured in Gregg Doyel's Wednesday column on CBS.com talking Penn State.  Check out what he had to say here. 

Herman Appears on The Lou Dobbs Show

By Jessica Arbour
November 21, 2011

Missed attorney Jeff Herman's appearance on The Lou Dobbs Show last Friday?  Check it out here.

Herman Appears on ARNN

By Jessica Arbour
November 18, 2011

Missed attorney Jeff Herman on America's Radio News Network talking about Penn State and Jerry Sandusky?  Catch it here.

Herman Quoted in USA Today

By Jessica Arbour
November 17, 2011

Attorney Jeff Herman was quoted in today's USA Today regarding the number of sexual abuse survivors coming forward to report abuse in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

Herman to Appear on ABC World News

By Jessica Arbour
November 17, 2011
Jeff Herman, the Managing Partner of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., will appear on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer tonight at 6:30pm to discuss the latest developments in the Penn State sex abuse scandal. Please tune in!

Herman Live on CNN

By Jessica Arbour
November 16, 2011

Attorney Jeff Herman will appear live on CNN's Out Front with Erin Burnett to discuss the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal, including the potential implications of Jerry Sandusky's interview with Bob Costas.  Tune in at 7ET tonight!

 

What Should Sandusky's Alleged Victims Do Now?

By Jessica Arbour
November 16, 2011

Attorney Jeff Herman has been asked "what next?" by countless survivors of sexual abuse during the course of his career.  In this video, he offers his thoughts about critical steps that alleged victims of former Penn State assistant coach and Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky need to take in order to move forward in their healing process.

Herman Appears on MSNBC's The Last Word

By Jessica Arbour
November 16, 2011

On November 15, 2011, managing partner Jeff Herman appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal and the Bob Costas interview with accused molester Jerry Sandusky. Watch the complete interview here.

Herman to Appear Live on MSNBC

By Jessica Arbour
November 15, 2011

Catch attorney Jeff Herman live tonight at 10ET on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell offering his views on the child sexual abuse scandal rocking Penn State.

USA Today Quotes Herman on Penn State

By Jessica Arbour
November 14, 2011

Less than a week after obtaining a $100 million verdict on behalf of a survivor of child sexual abuse by a Catholic priest, USA Today asked attorney Jeff Herman about his thoughts on the child sexual abuse scandal rocking Penn State University after the criminal indictment of former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky. 

Herman Wins Landmark $100 Million Verdict

By Jessica Arbour
November 11, 2011

On November 10, 2011, a Miami-Dade jury awarded a Michigan man $100 million in damages resulting from his childhood sexual abuse by Father Neil Doherty, a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Miami. 

New Archdiocese Lawsuits Featured on Good Morning America

By Jessica Arbour
November 09, 2011

At a news conference yesterday, attorney Jeff Herman announced the filing of multiple lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Miami by two former teachers at St. Anthony Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The teachers allege they were fired after making a mandatory report of suspected child abuse to the Florida Department of Children and Families in January, 2011.  Their story was featured on ABC News, including Good Morning America.

2 New Suits Filed Against Archdiocese of Miami

By Jessica Arbour
November 08, 2011

2 New lawsuits filed by Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., allege that 2 Catholic school teachers were fired from St. Anthony Catholic School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after making a mandatory report of suspected child abuse to the Florida Department of Children and Families. According to the lawsuits, the report of suspected abuse involved the school's principal and a young student.

Penn State University Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Jeff Herman
November 07, 2011

Sex Abuse Attorney, Jeff Herman of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A ., responds to allegations of child sexual abuse by former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky, and analyzes the negligence and liability of Penn State University.

Video of BlackPlanet.com Lawsuit Press Conference

By Jessica Arbour
October 26, 2011

Click here to watch the October 25, 2011, press conference by attorney Jeff Herman to announce the filing of a new lawsuit against Blackplanet.com and two men that a young model says drugged and raped her, later selling vidoes of the rape for profit.

*ALERT* New Suit Filed Against Blackplanet.com

By Jessica Arbour
October 25, 2011

Attorney Jeff Herman announced the filing of a new lawsuit against social networking site BlackPlanet.com after his client says she was drugged and raped by 2 men she met through the site after they lured the young model to South Florida with the promise of a commercial audition, and who later sold videos of the rape for profit.  Her alleged assailants are under federal indictment for doing the same thing to several other young women in the Miami area.

KidSafe Book Nominated for Literary Award

By Jeff Herman
September 30, 2011

I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors for KidSafe Foundation, and today, "My Body is Special and Belongs to Me," written by KidSafe founders Sally Berenzweig and Cherie Benjoseph, was nominated for the Literary Classics Award.

**Media Alert: New Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Boy Scouts**

By Jessica Arbour
September 22, 2011

Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., announces the filing of a new child sexual abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts in the Tampa, Florida area.  The suit accuses a convicted sex offender of abusing two brothers while he worked as their Scoutmaster.

Study: Sex Assault Risk Higher on Cruise Ships

By Jeff Herman
September 21, 2011

A new study published today in New Zealand found that there was "an unusually high incidence of sexual assaults and unwanted sexual contact on cruise ships."  It's time for cruise ship operators to take steps to protect vacationers, not put them at risk.

IL Sex Predator Law in Effect

By Jeff Herman
August 24, 2011

Today, the State of Illinois took a huge step toward ensuring the safety of its citizens by revoking the licenses of 11 healthcare workers previously convicted of sexual assault and battery.

Media Alert: 3 Child Sex Abuse Suits Filed Against Archdiocese of Miami

By Jessica Arbour
August 17, 2011

On Wednesday, Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., filed three new lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Miami.  The suits claim that three men were abused as children by Fr. Neil Flemming at Boystown in the 1960s.  Fr. Flemming's deposition, taken earlier this year in two other sex abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese, will also be released.

Cardinal's Testimony Released

By Jeff Herman
August 05, 2011

In 2003, Archbishop Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua testified before a Philadelphia Grand Jury investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and his testimony was only recently released to the public.

Teachers Should Not Friend Students, says KidSafe

By Jeff Herman
August 03, 2011

I am honored to be on the Board of Directors of KidSafe Foundation, a South Florida based non-profit dedicated to educating children and parents about the prevention of sexual abuse.  Read the most recent KidSafe blog on the dangers of teachers "friending" students on Facebook.

Berry Exposes Vatican Money Trail

By Jeff Herman
July 13, 2011

Journalist and author Jason Berry's new book, Render Unto Rome, sheds light on one of the world's biggest mysteries: what really happens to the money that Catholic parishioners put in the collection plate?

Reform Needed in Hawaii

By Jeff Herman
July 06, 2011

Prof. Marci Hamilton, Constitutional scholar and advocate for victims of childhood sexual abuse, discusses the unanimous legislative approval of a statute of limitations reform bill in Hawaii that will give victims of child sexual abuse access to courts, unless the governor stands by a public statement that he will veto the bill. 

Study: Girls Suffer Effects of Abuse For Decades

By Jeff Herman
July 01, 2011

A new study by USC researchers concludes that young women who are sexually abused as children are likely to suffer negative consequences well into adulthood, both mentally and physically.

Chicago Tribune Story on Sex Abuse Suit Against 3ABN Network

By Jessica Arbour
June 21, 2011

On Monday, June 20, 2011, Jeff Herman announced the filing of a new federal court lawsuit against Three Angels Broadcasting Network, Inc., and Tommy Shelton, for the sexual abuse of a teenage boy in Southern Illinois.

Phoenix Diocese Names Accused Priests

By Jeff Herman
June 16, 2011

The Phoenix Diocese has released a list of six priests it says have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of kids.  It's a good start- but not the whole story.

ALERT: New Doral Lawsuit

By Jessica Arbour
June 16, 2011

A new lawsuit against the Doral Golf Resort & Spa says a fifth woman was sexually assaulted during a massage

My Thoughts About Sugar Ray's Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

By Jeff Herman
June 10, 2011

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard reveals he was sexually abused as a child by his trainer.

VA Hospital Coverup of Sexual Abuse Allegations

By Jeff Herman
June 08, 2011

A new report released Tuesday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that "many" reports of sexual abuse and sexual assault in VA hospitals are covered-up.  The results of the GAO audit are alarming for veterans.

Media Alert: New Suit Says Disabled Boy Raped Due to Opa-Locka Police Recklessness

By Jeff Herman
June 01, 2011

A news conference to announce the filing of a new Federal Court lawsuit against the CITY OF OPA-LOCKA for the rape of a mentally disabled boy after two police officers recklessly placed the boy in the custody of a non-relative whom they had just served with a Restraining Order for Domestic Violence TODAY, JUNE 1, at 1PM

Ignoring Red Flags Hurts Kids

By Jeff Herman
May 18, 2011

Today we announced the resolution of a lawsuit brought on behalf of a teen who was raped by her teacher.  The entire nightmare could have been easily prevented if school administrators had not ignored obvious red flags in the teacher's behavior.

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