Child Abuse

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 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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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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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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