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School district settles most recent sex abuse lawsuits for $88M

We have written many times about the institutional failings that have allowed for the widespread sex abuse of children by Catholic priests and other church officials. Even if sex abuse was limited to just a handful of priests (which is not the case), some of these predators have abused dozens of victims. Such crimes can only continue for so long because those in power allowed them to continue.

More on PA sex abuse bill and the man behind it

We recently wrote about the strong passage of House Bill 1947 in the Pennsylvania House. If passed in the senate and signed into law, the measure would give many more victims of child sex abuse an opportunity to hold their abusers (and the institutions they worked for) accountable in criminal and civil court.

Seeking restitution for victims of violent crime: Part II

In our previous post, we began a discussion about the long and difficult aftermath often experienced by victims of violent crime. A recent news story noted that in the case of particularly horrific crimes, even the jurors in criminal cases can be left with emotional scars and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Seeking restitution for victims of violent crime: Part I

No matter what your views on gun control may be, it is difficult to ignore the fact that no other industrialized nation on earth experiences as many mass shootings, murders and other violent crimes as the United States. These horrific incidents are now so common that many Americans have simply stopped watching the news.

I'm a victim of assault, am I owed compensation in Pennsylvania?

Imagine you are driving on one of the many major freeways in Philadelphia during heavy traffic. You're trying to watch out for other vehicles when suddenly you collide with another motorist who was just zipping around cars in a rather reckless manner.

Jehovah's Witness Imposes Hardships on Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Evidence has been uncovered exposing the lengths to which the leadership of Jehovah's Witness has gone to cover-up allegations of child abuse within their church. Please read this article detailing some of the hardships imposed on victims of child abuse because of these institutional practices:

Pennsylvania police improve crime victim notification system

When a person becomes a sex/violent crime victim, the emotional and psychological trauma they face doesn't end when the crime is completed. It often doesn't even end when the perpetrator is arrested, convicted and sent to prison. Depending on the nature and severity of the crime, victims can struggle for years with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other mental health issues.

Use of therapy dogs can help crime victims through testimony

For many victims of sexual abuse, facing the perpetrator in court can be a scary prospect. And because sexual abuse typically involves layers of shame, embarrassment and fear, victims often find that discussing it in court can also be very difficult.

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