Previous posts here have sometimes used model jury instructions to illustrate certain concepts in Connecticut law. Although these instructions are not laws in and of themselves, they generally explain what the important parts of statutes and regulations may be for making a decision in a given case. Further, when a court gives the wrong instruction or fails to give an instruction it should have given, the outcome of a case can be affected. One such example occurred recently, when the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned a large verdict delivered against The Boy Scouts of America.
Despite laws requiring people to report suspected child sexual abuse, USA Gymnastics failed to do in multiple cases. Sadly, the organization's mishandling of these incidents resulted in the abuse of more young girls when these coaches kept working.
The Boston Globe has been writing about victims of sexual abuse and the struggles that they can face. The article below talks about sex abuse victims at private schools and the way they can be perceived or treated. The article features schools throughout Connecticut including those in Connecticut. The article also points out the following:
Most states, including Connecticut, have placed laws on the books requiring that individuals who have certain roles in supervising and coming into contact with potential victims of child abuse have a duty to report potential cases of abuse to the proper authorities. But, in practice, what does this mean?
The Reverend Arthur Perrault was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford in May of 1964. Although many priests will serve for years in a parish assignment, the first four assignments of Father Perrault lasted only a few months each. In 1965 he was transferred to a residential treatment facility in New Mexico where he then took up residence. This finely written article documents what happened thereafter to the children of New Mexico.
The Boston Globe published an article in regards to sexual abuse at many prominent private schools. The list included 67 private New England schools and 16 Connecticut schools including Choate, Notre Dame, Fairfield, St. Joseph's, Shelton, Assumption Catholic School, Fairfield. To read more click here