The sexual abuse of a minor is a terrible crime against the victim and all of society. Often, the people who commit these kinds of crimes are close to the victim's family or are people in positions of authority over the victim, like a coach, babysitter or teacher.
Philly.com reports the most recent developments in the Penn State case that has been impacting the school and the entire state of Pennsylvania for more than 5 years.
The Jehovah's Witness Church settled a lawsuit brought by a victim of child sexual. The victim was represented by Jeffrey P. Fritz of our office. The terms of the confidential settlement cannot be disclosed, but the victim alleged that the church elders in her congregation intentionally did not report the child sexual abuse to the authorities. This is in direct violation of mandatory Pennsylvania reporting laws. To read further :
Attorney Jeffrey P. Fritz settled a lawsuit on the fifth day of trial against the Jehovah's Witness Church for a sexual abuse cover-up involving two members of the Spring Grove, PA congregation. Mr. Fritz represented a minor that was sexually assaulted over the course of two years, even after the parents of the minor alerted the church elders. The church elders did not contact the authorities. This lawsuit exposed some very troubling policies practiced by the Jehovah's Witness Church regarding mandatory reporting laws in Pennsylvania. To read further :
When people talk about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), most people immediately think about members of the military. Those who see combat often experience post traumatic stress. Between 10 and 30 percent of veterans from any given conflict likely experience PTSD as a result. As sad as that statistic is, the rates of PTSD in those assaulted or abused by sexual predators is even higher. When it comes to survivors of sexual abuse and assault, the lifetime likelihood of developing PTSD is roughly 50 percent.
From the Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal, to the decision in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, 2016 has seen the spread of sexual assault awareness nationwide. Rebecca O' Connor, the vice president of public policy for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) said that the prevalence of headline-grabbing sexual assaults reported on in 2016 has produced a "tremendous opportunity" to open dialogue and provide education on sexual assault. To read further :
In 1997, an official directive was issued to all Jehovah's Witness elders instructing them to report allegations of child sexual abuse to the New York headquarters, and not the authorities, in a special blue envelope. The church now refuses to turn over to the court any information regarding the names and whereabouts of the child abusers disclosed in these specific blue envelopes. To read further about this institutional neglect of child abuse victims :
Tempers flared as Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele confronted the Cosby defense team about their public identification of multiple sexual assault accusers. Steele sought to limit this "intimidation" tactic by the defense. The parties were in court Tuesday morning because the defense seeks to limit the number of accusers permitted to testify in the Andrea Constand trial.
A first-year Rutgers student was sexually assaulted by two former football players amid a "sexually hostile" environment at Rutgers University. An investigation has been commenced by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office after being alerted by the victim's attorney, Jeffrey P. Fritz of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. The lawsuit for the victim, a minor at the time of the alleged sexual assault, includes claims against the former players as well as Rutgers University for violation of numerous state and federal laws barring sexual discrimination.
One of the two alleged perpetrators, former football player Marques Ford, was charged with "a sexual offense of flagrantly lewd and inappropriate conduct which would violate the laws of New Jersey." Rutgers was aware of this charge, and upon being notified of the sexual assault by the second alleged perpetrator, John Bowers, told witnesses and Bowers to "change their stories."