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Sexual Misconduct by Police Officers

As the nation has debated excessive force by police officers, another quietly pervasive issue was investigated by the AP: sexual misconduct by law enforcement. Sexual assault, which is already [...]

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The Twin Cities Archdiocese Charged With Failing to Protect Children

On June 5, 2015, criminal charges were filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, accusing church leaders of failing to protect children from sexual abuse and for [...]

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Taking a Stand Against Online Sex Trafficking and Federal Immunity Under CDA § 230

Two years ago we, along with co-counsel, Erik Bauer, filed suit in Pierce County Superior Court against a large newspaper publisher, Village Voice Media, on behalf of three underage girls who [...]

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Andrew Bailey’s “Why Rape is Sincerely Hilarious”

By now, you may have already seen Andrew Bailey’s provocative viral video, “Why Rape is Sincerely Hilarious.”  For those of you who haven’t, check out the two-minute video of the actor’s [...]

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Five Tips for Attorneys Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

As a lawyer who represents victims of childhood sexual abuse, I often say that I put the “counselor” in “Attorney and Counselor at Law.”  Glib comment aside, the sentiment is true—the subject [...]

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Hazing at High School Athletic Programs Sometimes Includes Sexual Assault

About a month ago, this story broke in New Jersey, alleging a disturbing pattern of sexually­-assaultive hazing among boys on the high school football team in Sayreville, New Jersey. The story [...]

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Sex abuse by coaches is more prevalent than anyone wants to believe

Two years after Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for child molestation, Outside Magazine published an article about the “tsunami of sex abuse” by coaches in club swimming. [...]

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Continued: Dependency Rulings and Family Court Decisions As An Affirmative Defense to CPS Liability

In my last post, I told you I’d go into more detail about the case, Tyner v. Dept. of Social and Health Services, 141 Wn.2d 68, 77–82 (1999). Tyner v. Dept. of Social and Health [...]

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Dependency Rulings and Family Court Decisions As An Affirmative Defense to CPS Liability

Over a decade ago, the Washington Supreme Court declared that RCW 26.44.050 creates an actionable duty that flows from DSHS to both children and parents who are harmed by DSHS negligence that [...]

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King County Protection Order Advocacy Program is a Great Resource

As sexual abuse attorneys, we routinely speak with individuals who have suffered devastating trauma.  Oftentimes the assault(s) occurred months or years in the past.  Sometimes, however, we speak [...]