We submit that no other news story garnering headlines presently is as immediately gripping and tragically sad as what we report below in our Kennedy Kennedy & Ives blog post for this week.
A national news piece reports that a former ice-skating student recently filed a lawsuit alleging repeated acts of sexual abuse inflicted upon him by a coach when he was a minor.
A litigated matter is most often overseen by a single judge or small panel of justices.
"Silence is golden" is a classic American adage conveying the point that holding back from speaking is sometimes preferable to coming forth with a statement that might breed unhappy consequences.
Monday of last week marked a noted juncture in the high-profile bankruptcy case involving the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
Recent media accounts across the country note that, while legions of Catholic priests have been individually targeted in sexual abuse cases, higher-ranking Church officials largely escape close scrutiny in such probes.
When parents enroll their children in youth organizations or religious organizations, they place their trust in the institutions and the adults chosen to lead them. Unfortunately, in a number of youth programs, that trust turned out to be horribly misplaced. One of the leading examples may be the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which has long been accused of covering up sexual abuse of children by adult leaders and volunteers.
In our last post, we discussed an important legal hurdle that often prevents sex abuse victims from pursuing legal action against their abusers and the institutions that allowed abuse to happen. The civil statute of limitations caps the amount of time that victims have to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for the harms they suffered. But because sex abuse can be so traumatic (especially when suffered as a child), it often takes decades for victims to come forward about the abuse – well after the statute of limitations has expired.