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December 2016 Archives

2016 Sexual Assault Lessons for America

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. Read more.

Jehovah's Witness Leadership Issues an Official Directive to Conceal Child Sexual Abuse

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. Read more about this institutional neglect of child abuse victims.

Bill Cosby Jokes Before Contentious Sexual Assault Hearing

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.

Sleep apnea screenings recommended for commercial truck drivers

With the winter months upon us, the waning hours of daylight that accompany the cold weather and slick roads tend to make winter driving exciting, for all the wrong reasons. For alert drivers, piloting a car in these conditions can be a white-knuckle experience. For those struggling to remain awake, however, navigating the roads safely is another matter entirely.

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