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Compensation for Victims of Pennsylvania Clergy Child Sex Abuse

Victims of Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse by Clergy Can Seek Compensation Through The Survivors’ Compensation / Reparations Fund Program When the Pennsylvania State Grand Jury report was released earlier this year, it highlighted horrible accounts of child abuse involving more than 300 priests throughout six Dioceses in the State of Pennsylvania. More than 1,000 child victims [...]

SPOTLIGHT the Movie – Slade & Paul Moderate A Philadelphia National Crime Victims Conference

At the 2016 meeting of the National Crime Victims Bar Association, Slade McLaughlin (far left) and Paul Lauricella (far right) moderated a discussion on the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal depicted in the Oscar winning movie, Spotlight, with the reporter, attorney, and victims depicted in the film. The conference was held in conjunction with the National Center [...]

Bill Cosby Sexual Abuse Allegations & Lawsuit

Once beloved Philadelphia native, Bill Cosby, has become embroiled in allegations of sexual abuse, again. Cosby, whose estimated net worth is around $350 Million, has denied any allegations of sexual abuse, and has even filed a lawsuit against his most recent accuser. Bill CosbyPhoto Source: Wikipedia Commons Cosby was sued in a 2005 lawsuit [...]

Father Charles Engelhardt & Teacher Bernard Shero Convicted of Altar-Boy Sex Abuse

MINUTES before former Catholic-school teacher Bernard Shero was convicted Wednesday of raping an altar boy, he joked with the court crier and a deputy sheriff about leaving the courtroom. "Good effort, though," Shero chuckled, when told he couldn't. Shero wasn't laughing for long. On its fourth day of deliberating, a Common Pleas jury convicted Shero, 50, [...]

State lawmakers to try again with child sex abuse legislation

HARRISBURG — A group of state lawmakers who said they were frustrated that the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky and the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandals were not enough to move legislation out of committee last year, announced plans Wednesday to reintroduced a bill that would remove the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse. Where [...]

Finding the Right Sexual Abuse Attorney

Sexual abuse reared its ugly head again when the nation was given a front seat in the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Defensive Coordinator at Penn State who was accused of sexually abusing numerous young men over the course of years. That the crimes went unmentioned and unknown is just one of the pitfalls victims [...]

Sandusky Trial: Victim No. 1 Emotional on Stand

Victim No. 1 in the Sandusky trial got emotional when he took the stand Tuesday. He told the jurors about repeated instances of abuse, which he said included kissing, fondling and oral sex during sleepovers at the Sandusky's home. Sandusky is on trial on 52 criminal counts related to the alleged assaults of 10 boys during [...]

Ex-Philly Priest, Father Edward Avery, Pleads Guilty to Sex-Abuse Charge

A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to a sex-abuse charge, just days before a landmark priest abuse trial is set to start. Edward Avery, 69, pleaded guilty to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of a child. He was immediately sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and was ordered [...]

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