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  • Stadium defendants to be dismissed from case of alleged sexual assault at NFC Championship

    Nicholas Malfitano / Pennsylvania Record

    Jessica Lynne Ellison filed a suit on September 10th, 2018 versus XFinity Live Philadelphia, Greenlee Security Services, Citizens Bank Park and other corporate entities. Ellison claims that while on the premises of XFinity Live she was over-served alcohol by the venue staff and was ejected from the premises. Then, she was followed through the parking lot and was sexually assaulted. Ellison charged the defendants with negligence for creating the situation in which the assault took place. Now, certain defendants are trying to have themselves dismissed from the lawsuit. On July 2nd, defense attorney Susan J. Wiener filed a stipulation that certain defendants she is representing be dismissed, with the plaintiff’s full consent. In exchange for this, Ellison can reinstate any of the defendants if she deems it necessary, and the defense counsel promised not to utilize a statute of limitations defense, laches defense or other defenses related to service of process or the timing of reinstatement.

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  • Over 12,000 boy scouts were victims of sexual abuse, expert says

    ABC News

    An expert working with the Boy Scouts of America has found that 7,819 allegedly sexually abusive leaders and volunteers may have abused over 12,000 scouts. The expert working with the Boy Scouts, University of Virginia Medical School professor Dr. Janet Warren, testified in court that she has been on contract with the Boy Scouts of America for the past five years, evaluating the organization's handling of sexual abuse as well as it's volunteer screening process.

    The Boy Scouts of America expressed sympathy for victims and outrage at alleged abusers, stating "Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in Scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children."

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  • Face to Face with Brad Hall: Fighting for victims of clergy sex abuse

    Kent Walz / Albuquerque Journal

    Brad Hall, an accomplished attorney and victims advocate, opens up about his experience of defending over 200 victims of clergy sex abuse in Albuquerque. He discusses his journey as a lawyer and offers his insight on what it is like to be involved in such emotionally charged cases. The hundreds of cases he has worked on in New Mexico paired with his determination to get all of his clients counseling services for their trauma has shown him to be a strong ally for all victims of sexual abuse.

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  • Lawsuit brings forward more alleged victims of Lancaster County doctor

    Jack Eble / Fox 43

    A Lancaster County doctor has been accused of sexual abuse after initial charges of indecent assault were filed against him two weeks ago. National Crime Victim Bar Association member Ben Andreozzi is representing the alleged victim in a lawsuit against the practice where Dr. William Vollmar currently works, claiming recklessness and negligence. The alleged victim details systematic grooming and abuse beginning in high school when Vollmar worked in the school’s athletic training room, continuing into adulthood at Dr. Stephen Diamontoni and Associates Family Practice and Lancaster General Health.

    The alleged victim came forward after initial criminal charges were filed against Vollmar. Andreozzi urges anyone with information about the investigation to come forward, saying “It’s absolutely imperative that everyone know what happened. That is truly what these victims need for closure. They need answers to these unknown questions."

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  • Girl's mother wants school's 'predatory pedophile' to pay, attorney says

    Andrea Torres / Local 10

    A substitute teacher at Ben Gamla Preparatory High School, a charter school in Hollywood, sexually abused a 15-year-old student, and her mother wants both the school and the teacher to pay for her daughter's suffering, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Broward County court.

    Hollywood Police Department officers arrested Fondon, who was 27 years old when the alleged abuse happened, Sept. 19, 2018. He is facing three counts of sexual battery on a minor and three counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a minor.

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  • NCVBA member named Distinguished Advocate of the Year by the Ohio Association of Justice

    Konrad Kircher / Rittgers & Rittgers

    National Crime Victim Bar Association member Konrad Kircher has won the J. Thomas Henretta Distinguished Advocate Award. Bestowed by the Ohio Association for Justice, the Distinguished Advocate Award is granted to a trial lawyer whose commitment to protecting and preserving the civil justice system serves as an inspiration to trial lawyers across Ohio. Mr. Kircher is a partner at Rittgers & Rittgers and served as NCVBA’s Co-Chair of Child Sex Abuse Section from 2000 to 2010. /p>

    Congratulations Konrad!

  • Georgia jurors award $1 billion to rape victim, leave jury box to hug her

    Associated Press / CBS News

    A Georgia jury has awarded an eye-popping $1 billion verdict against a security company after an apartment complex guard was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl. Hope Cheston was outside by some picnic tables with her boyfriend during a party in October 2012 when an armed security guard approached, attorney L. Chris Stewart told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The guard told the boyfriend not to move and raped Cheston, Stewart said.

    Verdicts in the tens of millions of dollars, or even hundreds of millions, are not uncommon, Jeff Dion, director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association said in an email. But he's never heard of a $1 billion verdict in a case with a single victim.

    "This jury was clearly trying to send a message about bad conduct on the part of the company," Dion wrote.

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  • NCVBA member Mary Alexander wins National Law Journal's 2019 Trailblazer Award

    Mary Alexander & Associates

    Longtime National Crime Victim Bar Association member Mary Alexander has been awarded the 2019 Trailblazer Award by the National Law Journal for her dedication to helping her clients seek justice and her various successful verdicts. Mary is often known for taking the cases others won't, and has dedicated her career to "ensuring those who have been harmed by negligent, preventable actions of others get their day in court," as she said. Mary Alexander previously served as the President of the NCVBA.

    Congratulations Mary!

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  • Virginia student sues school system, alleging mishandling of sexual assault report

    By Debbie Truong / Washington Post

    A 17-year-old Fairfax County student and her parents are suing the county school system, accusing officials of failing to properly investigate a sexual assault that allegedly took place during a band trip. The district's response was "flawed at every stage of the process" and created a hostile learning environment for the teen, according to the lawsuit, which was filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

    Adele Kimmel, a senior attorney for Public Justice, said the school system "pays lip service to caring about sexual assault."

    "Fairfax County is a role model for what not to do when it comes to protecting victims of sexual assault," she said. The student alleging assault chose to file a lawsuit instead of a Department of Education complaint because she felt a lawsuit would result in more systemic change, Kimmel said.

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  • UMich has spent nearly $650,000 on lawyers in Title IX due process case – before trial

    Greg Piper / The College Fix

    The University of Michigan is facing a lawsuit by a student, who has chosen to remain anonymous throughout the case, because the university has “placed an indefinite hold” on their transcript and degree. The plaintiff argues that the university’s sexual misconduct policy is unconstitutional because they refuse to allow the student to have the ability to have any form of hearing or cross-examination. The judge on the suit, Senior U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow, and the plaintiff’s lawyer, Deborah Gordon, have criticized the university for how they are handling the suit. Last month, the judge ordered the University of Michigan’s president, Mark Schlissel, to appear for settlement discussions and condemns the institution for arguing against it and wasting time. Gordon has denounced the university for compiling a large legal team—three distinct law firms—for their immense cost, which is around $650,000. A spokesperson for the university has stated that the university aims to continue fighting to highlight its principles that protect the needs and rights of all students.

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  • NCVBA member Becky Roe wins WSAJ’s President’s Award

    Becky Roe / Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender

    Becky Roe, of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, has won the Washington State Association for Justice's President's Award. Ms. Roe has dedicated her life to aiding crime victims in her hometown of Seattle as a tireless trial attorney with 35 years of experience. A member of several professional organizations, Ms. Roe served as President of the National Crime Victim Bar Association in 2009.

    Congratulations Becky!

  • Arizona senator makes final push to extend statute of limitations for child abuse survivors

    Claire Caulfield / KJZZ

    Republican state Sen. Paul Boyer has been proposing changes to Arizona’s statute of limitations for years. Now, he’s taken a stand and said he will not approve a state budget by the deadline unless his bill gets a hearing.

    Boyer said his bill, giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue their attackers, has broad support from Republicans and Democrats.

    “The majority of the majority is on board, as is the minority. It's just a few key members that are not on board,” he said.

    Current law gives victims two years after they turn 18 to file civil claims of rape and sexual abuse. This bill would extend the window so victims can sue up to seven years after the abuse comes to light.

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  • Nationally-recognized attorney launches comprehensive database of clergy accused of sexual misconduct in the Diocese of Allentown

    PRNewswire / Yahoo! Finance

    Adam Horowitz, a nationally-recognized advocate for survivors of clergy sexual abuse, announces the launch of a new database of clergy and lay employees accused of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Allentown. The database includes 53 priests as of today, and is believed to be the most comprehensive list of accused offenders available. This is far more than were identified in the groundbreaking 2018 grand jury report of its investigation into the Diocese of Allentown.

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