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Will Sexual Abuse Allegations Sink USA Swimming?

On the heels of the gut-wrenching headlines involving the sexual abuse of hundreds of young female gymnasts by Larry Nassar during his tenure as the physician for the USA Gymnastics team, another scandal involving sexual abuse within USA Swimming is coming to light. Last week, the Orange County Register published a stunning expose claiming that … Continue reading "Will Sexual Abuse Allegations Sink USA Swimming?"

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Protecting the Rights of Coaches and Officials Puts Our Young Athletes at Risk: It’s Time for a Change

The judge presiding over the sentencing hearing of Larry Nassar, convicted of abusing hundreds of young athletes in his role as the team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University, offered his young victims the opportunity to tell their stories to the court and to the nation. What came out in those statements from … Continue reading "Protecting the Rights of Coaches and Officials Puts Our Young Athletes at Risk: It’s Time for a Change"

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Opening the Courts to Victims of Sexual Abuse: Remove the Statute of Limitations

Statutes of limitations have never been intended as a means of preventing victims of sexual abuse from seeing their abusers punished by the courts or from recovering compensation for the psychological or physical injuries they suffered. Sadly, this is what has been happening in too many cases. The conviction of a former congressional member for … Continue reading "Opening the Courts to Victims of Sexual Abuse: Remove the Statute of Limitations"

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How to Seek Representation for a Child Abuse Case

No parent wants their child to go through the horror of abuse but while many people think their children are protected from such instances, keeping your eyes open for signs of abuse is extremely important. This is because many kids suffer in silence while being abused due to a variety of reasons that the abuser … Continue reading "How to Seek Representation for a Child Abuse Case"

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Aly Raisman Deserves a Perfect Score for Confronting Her Abuser

Rarely does the public get to see a victim of sexual abuse directly confront her abuser, let alone face him with the poise, balance, and composure the world saw last week when Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman spoke at the sentencing of former team physician Larry Nassar. In a blisteringly raw and emotional victim impact … Continue reading "Aly Raisman Deserves a Perfect Score for Confronting Her Abuser"

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Public Outcry over Sentence in Sexual Abuse Case Could Cost Judge His Job

A recent post touched upon the reluctance of many victims of sexual abuse to report the incidents or take their cases to court in part because of obstacles to achieving results through the judicial process. New developments in a case that drew national attention a while back illustrates the problems victims face, but it also … Continue reading "Public Outcry over Sentence in Sexual Abuse Case Could Cost Judge His Job"

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Will the #MeToo Movement Break the Stigma Surrounding Sexual Abuse

The recent wave of celebrities sharing their experiences with sexual abuse in Hollywood has sparked a global phenomenon. Symptomatic of the times we live in, the movement is identified by a hashtag, i.e. #MeToo. Over the years, sexual abuse has been a taboo topic, even in developed nations like the US. With actresses coming out … Continue reading "Will the #MeToo Movement Break the Stigma Surrounding Sexual Abuse"

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State Legislators Looking for Ways to Aid Sexual Harassment Victims

This past year saw an unprecedented turn of events throughout all sectors of American society as the victims of sexual misconduct came forward to make their voices heard. Women and men went public with stories of sexual abuse and sexual harassment that prompted organized movements to change the “business as usual” atmosphere that encouraged silence … Continue reading "State Legislators Looking for Ways to Aid Sexual Harassment Victims"

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Former SoCal Priest Accused of More Sexual Assaults

A former priest in Southern California who was previously named in a 2015 child sexual abuse lawsuit has allegedly molested at least four more children at parishes in Palmdale, Redondo Beach, and Covina, according to new court documents recently filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. Two civil complaints that were filed in July and October allege that … Continue reading "Former SoCal Priest Accused of More Sexual Assaults"

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Walnut Creek Science Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault

A Walnut Creek science teacher has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault of two young children, arranging to meet a child for sex, and possession and distribution of child pornography, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office. Michael Bartel, a Walnut Creek Intermediate School teacher was charged with 16 counts, involving multiple … Continue reading "Walnut Creek Science Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault"

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Why Our Playgrounds Have Not Become Safer

The sun is almost always shining here in Southern California, which is why our playgrounds are amongst the busiest in the country. Playgrounds should be a safe place where our children can work off some much needed energy, interact with other kids, and explore new ideas and equipment. Unfortunately, playgrounds are not always the safest […]


FAQs About Wrongful Death of a Child Claims

The unexpected passing of anyone is painful, but the death of a child can be especially harrowing. Parents are often left with many questions, and here we will try to cover the most common legal questions in this quick FAQ. Are Parents Able to Sue for the Wrongful Death of a Child? In the state […]


Snapchat Videos Show Nursing Home Abuse of Elderly Patients

The advent of social media networks has apparently sparked a new type of mistreatment in nursing homes, as incidents of mistreatment appear in videos uploaded or shared by nursing center workers. Some of the shared content apparently shows dehumanizing photos or videos of elderly residents without their consent. The objectionable content not only violates patient […]


Man Dies in Drowning Accident at Actress’s Beverly Hills Home

Actress Demi Moore returned from a foreign trip to learn that a drowning accident had happened at her home while she was away. Police said that a 21-year old guest of the actress’s assistant was pronounced dead after he was pulled out of the pool where he had been for an estimated 10 to 15 […]


Potential Burn Injury Arising from Recalled Home Equipment

A giant retailer of home improvement goods in the United States recently admitted that it continued to sell products even after they were recalled for various faults, including those which could cause burn injury. The products include specific brands of:  Garage door openers Electric welding torches Electric blower vacuums Electric ranges with defective burners Emergency […]


NHL Sued for Brain Injury of Former Player

The family of a former NHL player recently filed a lawsuit against the NHL for failing to keep the former player safe, and for the league’s failure to inform him of the permanent consequences of brain injury to which players like him are regularly exposed. This lawsuit comes about a year after over 200 former […]


Study Finds Child Molestation More Prevalent in Disadvantaged Communities

A common perception when it comes to child abuse is that step children are more susceptible to being abused by their non-biological parent than a biological parent. One recent case here in California, the People v. Poletti, only added to this belief. The step daughter of the defendant in the case accused her step father, […]


One Fatal Motorcycle Crash Leaves a Second Rider Injured

Yet another young life of a motorcyclist was claimed on California’s roadways in late October of 2015, while another was left injured after the crash. Anthony Terrones from Lompoc, California was riding his 2003 Honda motorcycle southbound from Highway 1 to US 101 on October 30th when he collided with a 2015 Chevrolet Impala, and […]


Prosecutors Not Charging Caitlyn Jenner in February Car Accident

In late September, California prosecutors announced that they would not be charging Caitlyn Jenner for her involvement in a fatal multi-vehicle wreck earlier this year. Jenner could have faced misdemeanor manslaughter charges in connection with the February 2015 accident. Authorities were investigating the accident, which claimed the life of Kim Howe, 69, who died when […]