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. The…

Passing the Trash

What is Passing the Trash? Schools perpetuating sexual misconduct towards children by educators has been, and continues to be, a major problem across the nation. When parents send their children to school, they trust that the school is doing everything they can to keep children safe. Still, schools continue to employ educators with a history of sexual abuse. Often…

One Step Forward, Another Step Back: Two Bills that Change the Legal Landscape in Missouri

Missouri introduced two bills this year that can drastically shape the legal landscape for sexual abuse cases. House Bill 739 acts as a step forward in the fight for the rights of child sexual abuse victims, and Senate Bill 96 pulls us back. House Bill 739: Passing the Trash Schools perpetuating sexual misconduct towards children by educators has been, and continues…

Illinois Catholic Church Failed to Disclose Abuse Accusations Against 500 Priests and Clergy

Another state’s Catholic diocese is in the news. The Illinois Catholic Church publicly listed 185 clergy members who had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. However, the church failed to identify 500 other priests and clergy members against whom sexual allegations have been made. According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s preliminary findings, the church…

Former Missouri Police Officer Criminally Charged for Sexual Abuse after Victim Comes Forward; Victim May Also Pursue a Civil Claim to Recover Money

The charges were filed against John Rollins, age 34, on July 26, 2018 by the prosecuting attorney in Moniteau County. According to the Complaint, Rollins abuse of the minor girl spanned “several years” from ages 5 to 13. The court records provide details surrounding the abuse, including allegations that Rollins performed oral sex on the…

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

It is kind of a shame that we have to designate a month as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Regrettably, sexual assault is nearly a national epidemic. Many sexual assaults are never reported. And as a result, sexual assault is undoubtedly a bigger problem than statistics suggest. The #MeToo movement has refocused the public’s awareness on sexual predation and harassment. Here…