sexual assault

My Father Is A Catholic Priest

My Father Is A Catholic Priest The problem of sexual abuse of children and young adolescents burst into the public’s consciousness in late 1984 during the trial of Gilbert Gauthe of the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the last three decades, evidence has been disgorged from the Catholic Church demonstrating an alarming effort at concealment that [...]

New Jersey Child Sex Abuse Survivors Have More Time to File Claims

In February of 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a Bill lengthening the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse survivors. This law effectively allows increased time for survivors of childhood sex abuse to file civil lawsuits against their abusers and the negligent institutions that harbored these perpetrators. Prior to this legislation, the [...]

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

Victims of sexual abuse need to know they are not alone, and there are trained professionals ready to assist them in getting justice, along with getting help in starting the healing process. The law is on the side of the abused, protecting their rights while getting the wrongdoer into court to pay for their crimes. Sexual [...]