Sexual Abuse Cases: Criminal vs. Civil

Criminal Courts Protect Society, Not Necessarily the Victim Criminal liability is imposed by the state or the federal government. That is to say, perpetrators have broken a law put in place by one or both of those governing parties. These crimes against victims of sexual abuse must be advanced by a prosecuting authority. While some…

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What is Consent?

Consent is agreeing, or giving permission, to do something. In Medicine, a physician and patient discuss an upcoming surgery, so the patient can give informed consent to proceed. The patient knows exactly what the surgery will entail and can make an informed decision to agree to the procedure. Consent also plays a role in participating…

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Sexual Abuse within the Boy Scouts of America

Over 7,000 Perpetrators It is disturbing that so many incidents of sexual abuse of children have occurred in recent decades, however there is a glimmer of hope that organizations like the Catholic Church are becoming increasingly forthcoming in revealing the episodes and exercising more transparency to avoid future abuse.  Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts of America are not nearly as transparent.…

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