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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.

Monroe Connecticut Piano Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault

 A 68-year-old piano teacher was charged with sexual assault on Tuesday for allegedly touching students inappropriately during lessons, police said.

West Haven Connecticut School Bus Driver Repeatedly Sexually Assaulted Student On Bus, Police Say

 A school bus driver who is charged with sexually assaulting a student on a school bus told the student not to say anything or "I'll go to jail," police said Tuesday. Alan Demand, 51, of Fowler Street in New Haven, assaulted the student "numerous times" and carried on an illegal sexual relationship until the student reported the assaults to a school resource officer, they said. The student was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time, Sgt. David Tammaro said. Demand was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, one count of illegal sexual contact and one count of second-degree unlawful restraint. He was in custody on $50,000 bail Tuesday morning, police said, and was scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Milford for an arraignment later in the day. According to police, Demand assaulted the student between October and December. He also talked to the student several times on a cell phone and at one point texted a picture -- which police described as "sexual" -- along with instructions: "Please don't tell your mom anything else cause I'll go to Jail." Police didn't say whether the student is a boy or a girl. Detectives from the department's Special Victims Unit made the arrest, police said. Demand worked for Winkle Bus Company. Hugh Keefe, who represents the company, said it suspended Demand as soon as it learned of the allegations. He has not been fired; he must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, Keefe said. The bus company has "an excellent safety record and never had a driver charged with anything like this in the past," Keefe said. Demand has no recent arrests or convictions on his record, according to judicial branch records. According to his online resume, he also has driven school buses in Bridgeport and North Haven and has been a shuttle driver in New Haven. He has driven elderly passengers as well as students, the resume says. He has been known to maintain order during trips "in order to ensure safety measures," it says. It also says he has "Exceptional Interpersonal Skills." reported by AP and CT news

Trumbull Connecticut Police Officer Charged with Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girl

More victims might come forward after a veteran Trumbull police officer was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting a teenage girl he befriended at a statewide academy for high school students interested in becoming police officers. William Ruscoe, 45, a drill instructor at the Cadet Police Academy at the University of Hartford, flirted with a number of teenage girls at the weeklong camp held every year, State Police investigators said. One of the girls turned him in after she became jealous of his attentions to another girl, police said. State police said Ruscoe was charged with sexually assaulting one of the girls in his Trumbull home, binding her with his police handcuffs after pulling out his handgun.

Legion of Christ Acknowledges Abuse of Minor By Priest in Cheshire Connecticut

The Legionaries of Christ, a religious order plagued in the late 1990s and early 2000s by allegations of sexual abuse against its founder, announced on Thursday that an independent investigation had revealed "significant evidence" of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest who served at the order's Cheshire seminary.

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.

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