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June 10, 2011

My Thoughts About Sugar Ray’s Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

In his recently released memoir, boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard revealed that he was sexually abused as a child by his trainer while training for the Olympics.  I would like to commend Sugar Ray for overcoming what has perhaps been the most difficult battle of his life.  Hopefully Sugar Ray’s revelation will send the message to other victims suffering from the pain of silence that it is not too late to begin the healing process. 
June 8, 2011

VA Hospital Coverup of Sexual Abuse Allegations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Tuesday findiing that of the nearly 300 cases of suspected, attempted, and confirmed cases of sexual abuse reported in VA hospitals between 2007 and 2010, “many” were squelched and never reached VA administrators or the law enforcement responsible for investigating criminal activity within the VA system.  This failure to report allegations includes nearly two-thirds of the rape allegations made during that time period.
June 8, 2011

New Tribes Missionary Les Emory Admits to Sexual Abuse

During an interview with Chesapeake, Virginia’s WAVY (NBC)  television, former New Tribes Missionary Les Emory admitted to sexually abusing children during his tenure at the organization’s facility in the Philippines. Emory was publicly named in a lawsuit filed against New Tribes Mission by Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., last month. 
June 8, 2011

Former New Tribes Missionary Les Emory Admits to Sexual Abuse of Children in Aritao

Former New Tribes Missionary Leslie Emory admitted during an interview with WAVY (NBC) television that he sexually abused the children entrusted to his care by the New Tribes Mission.  Emory was named in a May 2011 lawsuit filed by Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., on behalf of a brave young woman who was repeatedly abused by Emory at the NTM facility in Aritao, Philippines.
June 1, 2011

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

**MEDIA ALERT** Mentally Disabled Boy Raped Due to Reckless Conduct of Opa-Locka Police, According to New Lawsuit WHAT 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
May 18, 2011

Ignoring Red Flags Hurts Kids

I am filled with mixed emotions today.  I was able to announce the resolution of a four year old federal court lawsuit brought on behalf of a young girl named Katerria and her family arising from Katerria’s rape by her high school teacher.  Yet the day is only bittersweet for the family and I.  After all, she was the victim of a horrible crime by a trusted adult when she was only 15 years old.  The litigation itself was a roller-coaster; at one point we had to appeal to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals- one level below the United […]
May 18, 2011

John Jay “Study” Reveals Little

Today, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice released a report that it claims outlines the underlying causes of clergy sexual abuse.  The study, funded largely by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, reviewed sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests between 1950 and 2010 in order to pinpoint exactly where Catholic leaders went wrong.  Initial reports suggest that researchers concluded that two major factors contributed to the sexual abuse of thousands of U.S. children:  (1) bishops who focused too much on troubled priests and not enough on the victims, and (2) the “permissive” culture of the 1960s and 1970s. 
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