Some Connecticut residents may have heard of the term "statute of limitations." These laws place a time limit on taking a certain legal action. Some individuals may have heard about statutes of limitations in the context of the state bringing a criminal prosecution against an alleged perpetrator of a crime. What people may not know is that there are sometimes limitations on the filing of civil suits for the recovery of damages.
Florida State University has agreed to pay a former student at the school $950,000.00 as settlement of her claim against the University. The student claims that she was raped by Jameis Winston in 2012 and that Florida State did not properly investigate her claim when she brought it to the school's attention.
The St. Georges School of Middletown Rhode Island is being accused of not protecting boarding school students in the 1980s from sexual assault by other students or teachers. Many Connecticut residents have attended the prestigious boarding school. To date, over 40 victims have come forward and many more are expected. Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney continues the fight for all sexual abuse victims including those at schools, medical facilities, and religious institutions.
People need to know that state and district policies forbid teachers from spending alone time with students off site. The Bethel school board needs to do a better job enforcing these policies including making teachers and students aware of them.
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.
Attorney Cindy Robinson was interviewed on WICC on Wednesday, January 13th by host Tony Reno. The topic of the interview was the critically acclaimed movie Spotlight that outlines the uncovering of the Catholic Priest Child Abuse cases in Boston. You can listen live to interview by clicking this link. For more information about Catholic Priest Child Abuse cases in Connecticut please refer to our website /Sexual-Abuse/Church-Clergy-Abuse/
When a victim of abuse comes forward, those accused of the crime not only face criminal charges but could also endure civil actions. Victims of sexual abuse are able to hold a perpetrator accountable for the crimes committed and the damages they caused to the victim.
Attorney Douglas Mahoney reflects on priest sex abuse cases in a Connecticut Law Tribune article. Below is an excerpt from the article:
Some legal topics are tough to talk about. One of those topics is sex crimes. There are few crimes against humanity that can resonate such emotional trauma like sexual assault. This is one reason why it is so important that those responsible for sexual assault crimes in Connecticut to be held responsible for their wrongdoing.
This week's New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) focuses on the realities of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes physical abuse, verbal or psychological abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and neglect. The rate of elder abuse has been estimated to be between 7.6% - 10%. The article discusses strategies that can be used by the medical profession when there is a suspicion of elder abuse. With our growing elderly population, it appears that elder abuse will be an ongoing problem. One particular concern is the fact that elder abuse can occur in nursing homes. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 was supposed to create a framework that would heighten awareness and reporting of elder abuse. However, family and friends always need to a keep a watchful eye to make sure their loved ones who reside in nursing homes are being taken care of properly. Nursing home residents always need advocates especially if they suffer from any type of dementia. Never be afraid to speak up and complain.