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Sex abuse verdict overturned by Connecticut Supreme Court

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.

Diocese, Holy Cross fight to keep abuse documents secret in 'spotlight' case

BRIDGEPORT - Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport and the international Congregation of Holy Cross urged a judge Thursday not to make public hundreds of documents detailing how priest abuse was handled by bishops Edward Egan and William Lori.

A 400-page report describes the 'private hell' and sexual abuse that at least 51 students suffered through at an elite New England prep school

A report released by an independent investigator on Thursday details the widespread sexual abuse that students at St. George's School, an elite prep school in Rhode Island, suffered through during the 1970s and '80s, The New York Times reported. 

USA Gymnastics is the latest to fail to report sex abuse

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.

Abuse Victims Sometimes Face Retaliation Instead of Sympathy

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:

When does a mandated reporter have to report sexual abuse?

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?

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