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Can a Sex Offender Move into My Neighborhood?

Generally speaking, sex offenders, once released from prison, a mental facility, or rehabilitation, are free to live in any residential neighborhood within the state. Some exceptions include prohibitions against residing within 2,000 feet of a school or park where children gather while the offender is on parole or probation. Still, by and large, even offenders …

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Youth Sports Sexual Abuse

Around 60 million children between the ages of six and 18 participate in youth sports in the United States annually. For many, the experience is rewarding, educational, and fun. Unfortunately for others, sexual abuse from coaches or other adults involved in youth sports turns what should be enriching into a living nightmare. Several high-profile cases …

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Sexual Harassment and Personal Trainers

Entering into an agreement with a personal trainer requires vulnerability. We trust these professionals to assist us in our health-related goals, provide support and feedback, and guide us towards our best selves. Tragically, this tacit agreement is sometimes broken by personal trainers and others in the fitness industry. What Does Sexual Harassment Look Like? Sexual …

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What is the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Abuse Claims in California?

Generally speaking, adult victims of sexual abuse have 10 years to file a claim in the state of California. If the incident resulted in a serious illness or injury, victims have three years from the date of discovery to file a personal injury claim. Victims of childhood sexual abuse are not subject to the same …

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year’s theme, from the National Sexual Violence Research Center (NSVRC), is “Building Safe Online Spaces Together.” It is important to remember that sexual abuse and violence can occur in online spaces as well as in physical reality. This is particularly true for children, who may not have …

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A Surge in Pedestrian Accidents Places Children at Increased Risk

According to research conducted by Smart Growth America, California is the 16th most dangerous state for pedestrians, just below Arkansas and just above Missouri. Our state averages two pedestrian deaths for every 100,000 people. The national average is 1.89. Under COVID restrictions and with more people staying home, it would be reasonable to assume that pedestrian …

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Medical Professionals and Sexual Assault

Medical issues, be they physiological, psychological, or a combination of the two, can make a person extremely vulnerable. It is essential, then, that medical professionals exercise absolute care in protecting patients from all types of sexual mistreatment. This includes advances, suggestions, or actions that could make a patient feel exposed, uncomfortable, or violated by the …

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School Should Be a Safe Place for Children

School should be a safe place for children of all abilities and needs. Teachers, administrators, and support staff have a legal responsibility to make sure the children in their care are safe from harm. These adult professionals also have an ethical responsibility to provide a learning environment that is supportive, encouraging, and nurturing. By and …

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