The issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been gaining more attention, as more survivors come forward with credible claims and pursue legal action against those they believe are responsible for the harms they suffered. The Hartford Archdiocese recently published a list of 48 priests who are facing credible accusations of sexual abuse against minors. In addition, the archdiocese issued a statement that it has paid approximately $50.6 million in settlements of over 140 sexual abuse cases. The archdiocese has retained the services of a retired Connecticut judge in order execute a review of all the church's personnel files going back to the formation of the diocese in 1953, to address the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, so that answers can be found, and further actions can be taken if necessary.
As this blog recently discussed, a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report detailed widespread child sexual abuse in the Catholic church at the hands of priests. Some have described the problem as a crisis or an epidemic. In total, greater than 300 priests were responsible for the abuse of greater than 1,000 children in dioceses across Pennsylvania. The abuse went on in the state for seventy years.
Sexual abuse is something no victim should ever have to suffer. According to a recent grand jury report, internal documents from Catholic dioceses throughout Pennsylvania reveal that greater than 300 "predator priests" are credibly accused of abusing greater than 1,000 child victims. The grand jury also noted its belief that the true number of child sexual abuse victims at the hands of the church is in the thousands. In addition, the grand jury identified a pattern of practice of concealing the abuse. The abuse dates back to 1947 in six different dioceses throughout Pennsylvania.
As Larry Nassar, a doctor who formerly treated members of the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, sat in court recently for a sentencing hearing to learn his punishment for abusing teenage victims over a number of years, several of those victims made statements about how the abuse impacted their lives. One such victim was McKayla Maroney, who gained national renown when she won a gold medal at the Olympics.
By now many of readers in Connecticut have seen the national news coverage that is swirling around convicted child sex abuser Larry Nassar, a man who used to work with members of the women's U.S. Olympic national team. Nassar was recently before a state court for his sentencing hearing after pleading guilty to multiple charges of first-degree criminal sexual assault, at which time several of his victims stood up in court and delivered victim impact statements.
Every parent deserves to feel that when his or her child is dropped off at school or gets on the bus, that child is going to the one of safest places in the world- school! However, recent news and media have reported ongoing accounts of teachers who have taken advantage of students who are minors. For many years, TSRM has represented minor students who have been victimized by their teachers in school systems that have failed to have in place proper supervision and monitoring policies and procedures. Under the law, schools have a special duty of care toward the children who are have been entrusted to their care by parents and guardians. Our cases have include matters against
The Maronite Church removed Reverend Larry Jensen, said Jason Tremont of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, who represents a victim sexually abused by Jensen, who was assigned to St. Anthony Maronite Church in Danbury, Connecticut and also involved in the Emmaus program.
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Ricardo Julien, 39, a Bridgeport resident and former school bus driver in Trumbull with Dattco, was arrested Monday on charges that he allegedly raped a five-year-old girl, according to police.
A recent public service announcement (PSA) on sexual assault aims to change the conversation about rape and other types of sexual assault. Featuring kids, college students and adults, the PSA highlights the messages people receive about sexual assault.
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.