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July 6, 2011

Reform Needed in Hawaii

The nature and extent of the damage inflicted by childhood sexual abuse can cause victims to remain silent for decades.  In many cases, an abuser’s employer, like a Catholic Diocese or the Boy Scouts, will cover up allegations of sexual abuse- and their own knowledge of it- for so long that victims do not know that they have a cause of action against the employer.  Like many states, Hawaii is in the midst of potential legislative reform that will allow victims of abuse to seek justice for what happened to them as kids, and that will stop letting wrongdoers hide […]
July 6, 2011

Horowitz Quoted in National Catholic Reporter

Following an out-of-court settlement with our client, John Yengich, the Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado, agreed to call Mr. Yengich’s mother to offer conciliation for the sexual abuse her son says he suffered at the hands of the former Diocesan youth director, Father Daniel Maio.  That was three months ago.   Read the  National Catholic Reporter story below.
July 1, 2011

Study: Girls Suffer Effects of Abuse For Decades

A new study published by Cambridge University Press  journal Development and Psychopathology concluded that female victims of childhood sexual abuse can suffer the effects of abuse for decades after the abuse stops.  This study reaffirmed for me how absolutely important it is to get kids help when they ‘ve been abused by someone they trust.
June 16, 2011

ALERT: New Doral Lawsuit

New Sex Assault Lawsuit Filed Against Doral Golf Resort & Spa Suit Says Massage Therapist Sexually Assaulted Woman During Massage WHAT A press event to announce the filing of a new lawsuit against a luxury Miami-area spa for the sexual assault of a woman during a massage WHEN/WHERE TODAY, June 16- 1:00pm at the Law Offices of Herman, Mermelstein & Horowitz, P.A., 18205 Biscayne Blvd., #2218, Miami (entrance next to Starbucks, elevator to second floor) WHO A Miami attorney who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse nationwide, including 4 other women who have filed suit […]
June 16, 2011

Phoenix Diocese Names Accused Priests

Today the Diocese of Phoenix published the names of 6 priests affiliated with the Diocese that it says have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse or the subject of criminal sexual abuse charges.  The list includes at least one Jesuit priest who worked in and around the Phoenix area, Father Donald J. McGuire.  McGuire has been indicted for sexual abuse by a Maricopa County jail, has convictions in Wisconsin and Illinois on state and federal charges for molesting kids.   
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.
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