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Listen to Attorney Cindy Robinson Speak About Sexual Abuse and Current Cases

Attorney Cindy Robinson here at Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney talks about sexual abuse cases with WATR - AM Radio on October 8th. She has been working with sexual abuse cases for many years. She finds that the child is often abused by someone who is close to them instead of a stranger. She finds it is very hard for the child to come forward because they feel ashamed. It truly is a horrible situation for the child because they think nobody will believe them because they are a child. She is currently working on the Newington Case where a gym teacher forced boys to shower together and he even would shower with them. Unfortunately, it takes children so long to come forward which is why she believes that there should be no statute of limitations.  Listen to the full interview here.

Lawsuit Filed Against Newington Board of Education by Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney on Behalf of 2 Former Students

A civil lawsuit has been filed against the Newington Board of Education as a result of two former students' claims of sexual abuse by James Brown, a former physical education instructor at the John Wallace Middle School in Newington, Connecticut. The assaults took place in the school's gym locker room showers during the school day during the 1989-1990 school year. At the time, Brown was serving as a long-term substitute for the regular classroom teacher who was out on leave.

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.

New York Dance Instructor Sexually Assaulted Connecticut Dance Student

A New York dance instructor who has worked with nationally known artists was arrested Tuesday after police said he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student. Police said Johnny Sadowski also texted the girl photos of his private parts. Sadowski, 26, of Euclid Avenue, Fairfield, was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to a minor and using a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Rocky Hill Connecticut Boy Scout Leader Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Contact with Boys

A Rocky Hill father, former pilot and Boy Scout leader was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for having sexual contact with two boys. "You are, in fact, guilty of a heinous crime," Judge Arthur Hadden told Mark Alexander, 36. "You have to pay the price of that." He sentenced Alexander to eight years in prison, followed by eight years of special parole, as Alexander's wife, Francesca, wept. Alexander had previously pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree illegal possession of child pornography and risk of injury to a minor.

Church sexual abuse scandal garners national attention

Many Connecticut residents will agree that public faith and trust in institutions such as a church are shaken and lost when accusations of child sexual abuse are made against priests. Such incidents are harrowing to read about, and likely scar not only the community where they occur but also individuals and families directly impacted by it. Sadly, cases of child sexual abuse can happen anywhere. But victims of sexual abuse can file a civil action against perpetrators to get justice.

Coach Abuse

Attorney Cindy Robinson discusses the rise in sexual abuse and what parents should do to protect their children.

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.
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