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Which industries have the highest rates of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is not a problem that is limited to certain industries. Unfortunately, such occurrences can occur in all types of workplaces. Even though awareness of the issue has risen in recent years, unfortunately, instances of sexual harassment — most commonly against women — continue to occur.

If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, you may have many concerns about making a report of the incident. This may be because of stories you have heard about retaliation, or it may be because your workplace has a hostile culture and you don't believe that you would be supported by your coworkers. What victims of sexual harassment should know is that they have rights under the law.

Just how big is child sexual abuse problem in New Mexico?

A recent in-depth national media piece addressing the nature and scope of images depicting sexually exploited and abused children references a troubling fiction concerning them that is prevalent across the United States.

Namely, that is this: Many Americans believe that the egregious wrongs committed against the world’s most vulnerable demographic are confined mostly to areas far removed from the U.S.

Spotlight on Catholic Church "pontifical secrecy" rule

"The carnival of obscurity is over."

Hopefully that will now be the case, although the results stemming from a recent Vatican announcement relevant to sex abuse reports involving clerics will only become apparent with the passage of time.

Male-dominated law enforcement culture leaves some vulnerable

The intense camaraderie and protectiveness that law enforcement officers feel toward one another is a source of professional pride for many in the industry. However, the so-called thin blue line that officers dare not cross by getting one another in trouble can leave some people in vulnerable positions and empower those who behave abusively at work.

Women and other minorities working in law enforcement may find that they are not part of the mainstream culture at their workplace. Even worse, they may find themselves the target of racist or sexist harassment and discrimination or may notice terrible behavior on the part of their co-workers that goes unaddressed and unpunished.

Are there evidence-based solutions to protect kids from sexual abuse?

There's lots of hand wringing and "we're trying our best, but" protestations when it comes to suggestions to better identify and ward off acts of sexual abuse toward children, of course. Tragically, after-the-fact excuses and finger pointing are all too common and sadly coupled with the reality that not enough is routinely done in a timely way to prevent horrific behavior from occurring in the first place.

That too-little-too-late helplessness commonly linked with child sexual abuse is a commonplace, say victim advocates and expert commentators on the subject matter.

Priests in longstanding Albuquerque church accused of sexual abuse

The Immaculate Conception Church commands a notably long historical presence in Albuquerque. The parish recently had a celebration commemorating 135 years of formal existence as a formal Jesuit community in the area.

The Albuquerque Journal notes in a recent article that the church administers multiple outreach and related programs to area residents with various needs. One such initiative reaches out to young offenders at a detention center.

African-American women face the double threat of misogyny noir

There are multiple kinds of discrimination that people can face, and some populations of people are subject to more than one kind of discrimination. Most people understand that women can face gender-based discrimination or abuse in their workplace. Quite a few others recognize that racial discrimination is still a factor in many companies and industries.

All too often, people fail to notice the uncomfortable intersection of racial prejudice and gender discrimination. African American women are members of two of the most discriminated against subsets of the population in the United States. That means that even in places where gender discrimination isn't an issue, they can still face unfair treatment.

Fear of workplace retaliation keeps victims of harassment quiet

Women working in law enforcement, whether they patrol the roads as police officers or secure prisons as correctional officers, do great civil service as part of their daily work. They likely take a lot of pride in the job that they do while also putting their safety on the line for the benefit of society as a whole.

Unfortunately, women working as police or correctional officers can also suffer a lot of abuse and harassment in what has historically been a male-dominated field. These same women may also worry about the potential consequences of coming forward with claims of abuse or harassment. Women in any workplace, particularly those who want to stay in the same career, may struggle with coming forward with allegations of either workplace discrimination or sexual harassment. It is normal for people to worry about the potential for such complaints to affect their careers.

An unflagging spotlight: sexual abuse in women's prisons

We prominently note on our website at Kennedy Kennedy Ives the sadly egalitarian nature of sexual abuse.

What we mean by that are the recurring instances of abuse that routinely occur in virtually every type of venue. We underscore at our established pro-victims' law firm in Albuquerque our diligent advocacy of injured parties "in public schools, group homes, residential treatment centers, subsidized housing and other institutions that receive public funding."

What remedy does the law provide for sexual abuse victims?

Avenues of legal recourse for crime victims are often widely paved and wholly satisfactory as conduits for securing justice against wrongdoers. That is, criminal perpetrators are held fully accountable for their unlawful conduct, with relevant law punishing them in a manner that goes far toward making victims feel both empowered and wholly vindicated.

Sometimes that outcome is less than clearly realized, though, especially in select criminal law realms.

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