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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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Where Does Sexual Abuse Most Commonly Occur?

According to RAINN, 55% of all sexual assaults happen at or near the victim’s home. Many of these occur while the victim is sleeping. RAINN further reports that 29% of sexual assaults occur when the victim is traveling to or from work or school, or while traveling to shop or complete errands. 12% of sexual …

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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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