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What is the Difference Between Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault?

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are both serious and egregious crimes. Victims of abuse and assault are entitled to take civil action against their perpetrators, regardless of criminal charges, and seek compensation for all related damages. If you have been the victim of any kind of sexual mistreatment, the Cifarelli Law Firm is here to …

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Protecting Your Child from Day Camp Sexual Abuse

According to the American Camp Association, there are around 5,000 day camps in operation in the United States. By and large, these camps offer an opportunity for children to learn more about specific topics, such as sports, science, and the great outdoors, enriching their lives while providing a safe place to spend summer days. For …

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Allegations of Sexual Abuse at Thacher School Stun Ojai Community

Allegations of decades of sexual abuse at the Thacher School in Ojai have stunned the local community. Founded in 1889, the Thacher School is the oldest boarding school in the state of California – and one of the State’s most elite private institutions. Initially founded as a school for boys, girls were granted admission in …

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Cifarelli Law Firm Helps Secure Record-Setting Settlement for USC Sexual Abuse Victims

USC has agreed to the largest higher education sex abuse payout in history. The $1.1 billion settlement was reached on March 25, 2021, following an $852 million settlement secured, in part, by Thomas A. Cifarelli and the Cifarelli Law Firm. This settlement is thought to be the largest in United States history, awarding more than …

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More than 95,000 People Accuse BSA of Sex Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has a stated mission: “…to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.” The ideals of the movement include trustworthiness, loyalty, helpfulness, friendliness, and bravery. They also include obedience, a factor that may …

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Signs of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Children are often placed into the care of adults who parents and guardians have trusted to keep them safe. Tragically, this trust can be misplaced, giving predators access to children when they are without support or real adult supervision. Oftentimes, child sex predators hide in plain sight, masquerading as youth pastors, den parents, and teachers. …

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What Types of Damages Can I Seek With a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

When you are injured by a healthcare provider, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. But what types of damages can you seek with a medical malpractice lawsuit? And does it make more sense to work with insurance than an attorney? Medical Malpractice Damages In personal injury cases, such as …

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What is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is an umbrella term that refers to any behavior that takes a driver’s attention off of the road. There are three primary types of distraction. These are: Visual: Taking your eyes off of the road Manual: Using hands for anything besides steering the vehicle Cognitive: Thinking about things other than driving All three …

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Limited Success Removing the Secrecy Surrounding Sexual Harassment Claims in California

Advocates for the rights of victims of sexual harassment have battled against practices that restrict public disclosure of misconduct by offenders. Conditioning settlements in sexual harassment cases on the victim agreeing to a non-disclosure provision a settlement agreement and the inclusion of a mandatory arbitration clause in employment contracts are two methods corporations and other …

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