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What are my legal options if I was sexually abused?

The topic of sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, but victims of sexual abuse must know that resources are available to them, and that they are not alone. According to the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, nearly 20 percent of girls and about seven percent of boys have been victims of child sexual abuse. Furthermore, about 14 percent of Connecticut residents likely experienced some kind of childhood sexual assault. Presently, an estimated 40 million childhood sexual abuse survivors live in the US.

Trial Opens In Glastonbury Connecticut Foster Parent's Sexual Assault Case

This recent article in the Hartford Courant highlights an interesting trial going on.  The defendant is accused of sexually assaulting a child who he adopted through the Department of Children and Family Services.  Rather than try the case before a jury, the defendant has chosen to allow the judge to decide his guilt or innocence. The article is below.   HARTFORD -- A trial began Tuesday for one of two men accused of sexually assaulting boys they adopted through the state Department of Children and Families, with his accuser describing physical and sexual abuse he said he endured from both men over several years. The state had sought to try George Harasz, 51, and Douglas Wirth, 46, together, but their defense attorneys objected and convinced Hartford Superior Court Judge Julia D. Dewey to hold separate trials. Both also waived their right to a jury trial and opted to have Dewey hear the evidence against them and render a verdict. Wirth's trial is first. But before testimony began, Wirth's lawyer, Michael Dwyer of Middletown, tried to get the judge to admit medical reports that he contends are evidence of the accuser's propensity to lie and exaggerate. Dwyer argued that the accuser's competency to tell the truth was at issue. Dewey responded that competence related only to whether the accuser could understand the obligation of his oath to tell the truth. The credibility of his testimony would be a matter for her to determine, after hearing his testimony as well as cross-examination, she said.

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