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February 26, 2021

Colorado most recent state to discuss open window for victims of child sex abuse to file claims

    Lawmakers in Colorado are discussing opening a window to allow adult victims of child sex abuse to file claims agains their perpetrators. The window of opportunity had previously been closed due to statute of limitations expiring.  Lawmakers are talking about  whether to give victims of child sexual abuse an unlimited time frame to file suits against  their abusers. Last year an effort to establish this law was declined  because of fights that lawmaker had internally regarding the policy change.  Senate Bill 73 was discussed last week and  unanimously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Currently, the […]
February 23, 2021

Gardner Dunnan, Former teacher at prestigious Dalton School accused of sexually abusing girl in 1980’s.

    Last week a woman, known as the initials J.S., filed a civil suit against the Dalton School,  a prestigious private institution on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  Under the Child Victims Act, a claim can now be made by people to file suits against their abusers, who had previously been unable to file due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Now, decades later, J.S. is alleging that alleging that the school’s former headmaster sexually abused her in the late 1980s. She claims in the suit that Gardner Dunnan, the Headmaster of Dalton School at the […]
January 29, 2021

New laws to help sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania- Written By Michella Drapac ABC27.com

by: Michella Drapac Posted on ABC27.com : Jan 13, 2021      HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than a dozen pieces of legislation in Pennsylvania, aimed at helping sexual assault victims, are now law. According to officials with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), all of their legislative priorities for the 2019/2020 legislative session are now law, something they say is unprecedented. “In the past, we’ve seen with a lot of bills that it often takes multiple sessions, many years to see a bill cross the finish line,” said Donna Greco, PCAR Policy Director. “It’s definitely the most successful session that […]
January 28, 2021

Pa. House passes measure to allow voters to create a window for child sex abuse victims to go to court

Story by Pennsylvania Real-Time News Pa. House passes measure to allow voters to create a window for child sex abuse victims to go to court Updated Jan 27, 2021; Posted Jan 27, 2021 By Ivey DeJesus  Pennsylvania on Wednesday stepped closer to paving the way for adults who were sexually abused as children to seek recourse in court against their predators. By a vote of 187-15, the state House of Representatives passed a measure that could lead to a temporary lifting of expired statute of limitations for some abuse victims, allowing them to file civil suits. House Bill 14, authored by Rep. […]
January 25, 2021

Father Michael Pfleger, outspoken activist and Chicago Priest, accused of sexually abusing a child decades ago

    The  Archdiocese of Chicago announced last  week that Father Michael Pfleger, a respected priest  in Chicago, has stepped down from his ministry after a decades-old child sexual abuse allegation.  Cardinal Blase Cupich sent a letter to the St. Sabina community, addressing the child sex abuse accusations against Father Pfleger, dating back more than 40 years ago. Pfleger was the pastor of St. Sabina Catholic Church, in Auburn-Gresham, since 1981. Father Michael Pfleger,  was well-known as an anti-violence activist in Chicago.  The matter has been reported to DCFS and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Archdiocese said.  Pfleger […]
January 22, 2021

Mario Rodriguez-Ramirez, former pastor, accused of sexually abusing young girl

   Tempe police have spent the past 6 months investigating 48-year-old Mario Rodriguez-Ramirez, a man who was once a pastor. Police said the  sexual abuse began in 2015, when the little girl was just 9 years old and he was the pastor of her Church.  Rodriguez-Ramirez took the victim and two other children to Kiwanis Park in Tempe, where he allegedly hugged and kissed the girl inappropriately  when she reached the ground after going down the slide, police say. The second alleged assault happened behind a Home Depot in Tempe. The girl told police that Pastor Rodriguez-Ramirez took her with […]
January 21, 2021

Champion runner alleges sex abuse by her coach- story by MARISA SUTERA STRANGE and SARAH LORGE BUTLER DEC 20, 2019

I Was Sexually Abused by My High School Coach. Forty Years Later, I’m Taking Action In a civil lawsuit, a champion runner alleges exploitation at the hands of an adult she trusted. She details how the abuse changed the course of her life in an exclusive to Runner’s World.   BY MARISA SUTERA STRANGE JAN 19, 2021 I am an elite masters runner, specializing in the mile, 5K, and cross country. I’m 57 years old now, and running has been my salvation for decades. My high school coach abused me more than 40 years ago, and I’m still coming to terms with what […]
January 17, 2021

Father Bill Lombardy accused of sexually abusing two altar boys in the 1960’s

    Father Bill Lombardy, a former priest and grandmaster chess player,  portrayed in a movie about chess player Bobby Fischer by actor Peter Sarsgaard, has been accused of child sex abuse. In a new lawsuit by two prior altar boys, Father Bill Lombardy is accused of  sexually abusing the two boys when they were altar boys.  Lombardy, who died at age 79,  is accused in the lawsuit of sexually abusing  these two students in the 1960s, when he was a teacher in the Bronx at St. Mary’s School. Lombardy is also known for his  training of  Bobby Fischer from […]
January 15, 2021

Ex Assistant Principal Of Prestigious High School accused of sexually abusing teenage girls

  A woman who claims she was sexually abused by an ex Stuyvesant High School Assistant Principal when she was 16 has sued her perpetrator. Nicole Erlichman, now 52, claims that Richard Plass, assistant principal and chairman of the Biology Department, started sexually abusing her at least 3 times a week for two years when she was just a junior at he Tribeca high school. According to her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit, Erlichman claims Plass started grooming her when she was just 15 at the prestigious  high school by “using their shared interest in science as a way to secure […]
January 13, 2021

Brian David Trostel, teacher accused of sexually abusing student

    Brian David Trostel, a teacher at Sherwood High School, has been charged with  29 charges of  sexual abuse of a child, according to court documents. Trostel, age 60,  lived in Portland and taught at Sherwood High. He turned himself in to Portland Police Bureau officers last week amid accusations of child sex abuse of a student.  The charges include; eight counts each of first- and second-degree, encouraging child sexual abuse, three counts of invasion of personal privacy in the second degree, two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, and eight counts of […]
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