Sexual abuse is a serious topic that is difficult to think about. This is especially true when the victim of sexual abuse is a minor. However, it is important that these issues come to light, not only to aid in the victim’s recovery process but also to prevent further instances of abuse.
Category: Sexual Abuse
There are a number of individuals in Massachusetts that would like to see the laws changed concerning the time that victims of childhood sexual abuse have to file lawsuits. There are also those advocating this legislation that would like to see the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston support the proposed law as well.
After the clergy sexual abuse scandal first received notice in Boston back in 2002, a list was apparently created that provided a statistical summary of clergy abuse that allegedly had taken place across the country. The list was commissioned by U.S. bishops and put together by the John Jay College of Law. The list was to provide the names of the priests, the year of their birth, year of the priest’s ordination, the parishes that they served, and their current ministerial status and residence.
Sexual assault on any person is never excusable. The crime of sexual abuse, in Massachusetts or anywhere, can be particularly horrendous when a child is the victim. The child, as well as the family, is usually left traumatized and seeking justice. A 49-year-old man that was accused of sexually assaulting a child back in the 1990s has now been found guilty.
Charities in Massachusetts and throughout the United States can help fill a needed void, especially in the care and service of children. However, charities in rare cases may sometimes serve as a cover for the heinous actions of child sexual abuse predators. When someone acts to corrupt the work and name of any charity, victims can often find some measure of justice for the physical and/or emotional damage that has been inflicted.
Child sexual abuse has a profound effect on those victims in Massachusetts who have ever had to go through such an awful ordeal. The scars that child sexual abuse leaves on victims are both seen and unseen; both physical and emotional. While criminal cases are often filed in such cases, sometimes an added measure of justice becomes appropriate. Some victims of sexual abuse decide to file civil lawsuits against the perpetrator who molested them or whatever agency may have employed that person, if it becomes clear that negligent hiring or supervising may have played a role.
In a pending criminal case in Medford, a number of people who say they were sexually abused by a former Arlington swim coach may finally see justice served. The accused man, 63, worked as a swim coach for the Arlington Boys & Girls Club in the 1970s and 1980s. According to the allegations, he sexually abused three young boys and a high school sophomore.