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Stamford High School Scandal

Once again we see a situation where a school board has failed to protect students. Even after receiving notification of inappropriate sexual contact between a Stamford High teen and his teacher, nothing was done. School boards have to be vigilant. It's not enough to have policies; school boards have a duty to enforce these policies instead of taking a "see no evil, hear no evil" approach.

Erin's Law Teaches Kids to Fight Being Lifelong Victims

One law can rescue people from the spiral of self-hatred that adds them to the growing pile of prisoners in the country's correctional facilities. And at the close of the Connecticut General Assembly's most recent session in May, our legislators passed that law, perhaps without fully understanding that it is the most comprehensive anti-crime law that Connecticut's citizens have seen in a long time. It's headed to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's desk and he should sign it into law.
They call this law "Erin's Law" after Erin Merryn, its champion. Merryn is a sexual abuse survivor from Illinois who noted that her elementary school's drills -- tornado, bus, stop-drop-and-roll for fires and DARE's eight ways to say no to drugs -- never included any training on how to escape a child molester or explained how to discern the difference between good and bad touches, or how to find a trusted adult to report abuse. Merryn could roll her way out of a burning bus during a tornado, but she had no idea how to stop two separate perpetrators from raping her before she turned 13.

Lawsuit: Stamford Connecticut Teacher Abused Boys

A. second lawsuit was filed Thursday claiming Stamford school officials failed to protect children from being abused by a public school gym teacher in the 1970s. The latest lawsuit, filed in Superior Court here, brings to seven the number of men who claim they were abused by the same teacher, Robert Martinez when they were children. All were between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the alleged abuse, according to the lawsuits. "Schools have a duty to supervise teachers but in this case Martinez was routinely allowed to call boys out of class and keep boys after gym class so that he could be alone with them in his private office where he molested them," said Cindy Robinson, who represents the seven plaintiffs. She said she anticipates filing more lawsuits against the school system as more victims of Martinez come forward.

Former Penn State quarterback and Assistant Coach Mike McQueary was Sexually Abused: Report

Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback and Nittany Lions assistant football coach who was a key prosecution witness in Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial, confided to players that he was a victim of sexual abuse, according to a new ESPN The Magazine report. According to the report, it was during a meeting with PSU football receivers and tight ends on Nov. 7, 2011 -- three days after prosecutors released a damning grand jury presentment outlining Sandusky's sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period -- that the then-Nittany Lions receivers coach, McQueary, told the players that he too had been sexually abused when he was a boy. The report cites two players who were present at the meeting.

U.N. Panel Assails Vatican Over Sexual Abuse by Priests

GENEVA -- A sharply critical United Nations panel accused the Vatican on Wednesday of putting its reputation and interests above those of children who had been sexually abused by priests. It called on the Vatican to immediately remove all known or suspected molesters from their posts and report them to civil authorities.

Sex Allegations Follow Monsignor Martin Ryan to Stratford Connecticut Parish

Two and a half years after he was removed as pastor of a New Fairfield church for allegedly sexually harassing a female church employee, Monsignor Martin Ryan was appointed pastor of a Stratford Roman Catholic church. Ryan's appointment Saturday at Our Lady of Grace Church prompted numerous calls from parishioners who said they were shocked to learn that their new spiritual leader was a priest who not only had been removed from a prior job, but had previously been accused of molesting a teenage girl in Trumbull in the 1970s. In that case, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport agreed to pay a settlement to the complainant, even though Ryan denied the allegations.

Bridgeport Boys & Girls Club Worker 'Sexted' Teen

A 30-year-old employee of a Bridgeport, Connecticut Boys and Girls Club is facing charges for allegedly "sexting" a 16-year-old girl. Jermaine Laidlaw is charged with risk of injury to a minor and using a computer to entice a minor into sexual activity, police said. Laidlaw was employed at the Jerome Orcutt Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, according to police. The victim's mother went to police after she discovered sexually explicit text messages on her daughter's phone, police said. A forensic analysis of the girl's phone by police revealed 322 text messages between the girl and Laidlaw. Many of the messages sent by Laidlaw were sexually explicit, police said. Laidlaw was arrested Wednesday and was held with bail set at $25,000. Reported by Kelly Glista, Hartford Courant.

Sexual abuse is a "gateway experience" that often leads to drug addiction later in life

Lesser known fact about Sigmund Freud - early in his career he was all but laughed out of his field for suggesting that sexual abuse within families was a significant social problem. To remain respected he recanted his findings. Toward the end of his career he went back to his original claims and backed them up, demonstrating that this ugliness was indeed not simply at the fringes of society.

East Windsor Connecticut Priest Accused of Sex Abuse Placed on Leave

An East Windsor priest has been placed on leave by the Catholic Church after being accused of sexually abusing a minor, the Hartford Archdiocese said Monday.

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse

They call themselves Catholic Whistleblowers, a newly formed cadre of priests and nuns who say the Roman Catholic Church is still protecting sexual predators. The Rev. James  Connell, in Sheboygan, Wis., is a member of Catholic Whistleblowers.

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