sexual abuse News

Victims of Child Abuse Expected to Launch Wave of Lawsuits in New York

NEW YORK — More than a thousand people are expected to file civil lawsuits in New York courts beginning today over sexual abuse they say they suffered as children during a special one-year window for state suits over decades-old allegations. …

In Defining Consent, There’s a Gap Between the Law, Culture

About the photo: In this Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, new students at San Diego State University watch a video on sexual consent during an orientation meeting. Just what constitutes an expression of consent is a hotly debated topic in …

Gymnasts Testify; Lawmakers Won’t Name Abuse Bill Lobbyists

About the photo: Former gymnasts, from left, Tasha Schwikert, Alyssa Baumann, and Jordan Schwikert listen Texas state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during a news conference after they game testimony during a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse …

Olympic Star Raisman Files Suit Against USOC, USA Gymnastics

Aly Raisman spent months urging the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics to get serious about taking a long hard look into how Larry Nassar’s abusive conduct was allowed to run unchecked for so long. Frustrated by what she considers …

Federal Probe Finds Abuse in Nursing Homes Largely Unreported Despite Law

More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health …

Statute May Have Tolled on Some Minnesota Priest Abuse Cases

A county attorney in Minnesota says some allegations of priest abuse may be too old to prosecute. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says the statute of limitations in 10 cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests will be …

Lawsuit Claims Boy Scouts Failed to Stop Pedophile

The Boy Scouts of America and Chicago-area scouting officials failed to protect children from a convicted pedophile, even though he had been banned from scouting in Indiana, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago. The suit was filed in …

UK Court: Catholic Church Liable for Priest Wrongs

A British court has ruled that Roman Catholic priests are equivalent to employees, a decision that could pave the way for victims of sexual abuse to win damages from the church. Tuesday’s ruling involved a 47-year-old woman who says she …

Former Illinois Priest Sued Again on Sex Abuse Claims

A former Roman Catholic priest whose molestation of a former altar boy led to a $6.3 million payout in a lawsuit is being sued again, this time by a former caretaker who alleges the one-time clergyman sexually abused him as …

Calif. Judge Allows Punitive Damages in Scout Molestation Suit

A California judge says a boy suing the Boy Scouts of America for troop leader sexual abuse can seek punitive damages. The Santa Barbara News-Press says a judge made the ruling Wednesday, nearly four years after a 13-year-old Boy Scout …