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The lasting financial and emotional impact of sexual abuse

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.

Jehovah's Witnesses Settle Lawsuit Alleging Legal Cover-Up

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 :

Settlement Agreement Reached in Jehovah's Witness Lawsuit

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. Read more.

PTSD is common among survivors of sexual assault and abuse

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.

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.

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