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Information to assist the victims of sexual assault and abuse in California and the U.S. from lawyer and attorney Steven M. Sweat.
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Treatment of Child Abuse

Treatment of Child Abuse | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
Acclaimed as a milestone resource by the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Treatment of Child Abuse has been updated and expanded with ten completely new chapters. The second edition adds the expertise of co-editors Rochelle F. Hanson, Ph.D., and John Sargent, M.D., along with chapters from many new contributors.The second edition is organized by various modes of therapy, different settings for therapies, and the individualized needs of victims correlating to types of abuse and neglect. The contributors describe evidence-based and evidence-supported treatments for traumatized children and adolescents, information on research and theory underlying the interventions, and explanations of treatment protocols. The contributors focus particular attention on special populations and cultural differences. Entire sections focus on medical care and legal interventions necessary for abused youth. New and expanded material includes information on• Bullying• Sanctuary Model of trauma-informed care• Long-term medical management• Appropriate use of psychopharmacology• Importance of self-care for professionals Treatment of Child Abuse is an important resource for mental health professionals, family physicians, pediatricians, emergency department physicians, physician assistants, and nurses, as well as child advocate professionals, social workers, and lawyers.
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I'm always glad to promote scholastic research into the medical and legal aspects of dealing with child abuse victims.  This is one such resource.

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Could Your Doctor Be A Sexual Predator?

Could Your Doctor Be A Sexual Predator? | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
It is scary to think about but, could your doctor be a sexual predator?  According to an investigation conducted by the Atlant
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Teen at Center of California Police Sex Scandal

Teen at Center of California Police Sex Scandal out of Jail
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9th Circuit Asks CA Supreme Court About Duty to Defend Rape Case

9th Circuit Asks CA Supreme Court About Duty to Defend Rape Case | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
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Uber passenger sues for negligence after being raped by driver

Uber passenger sues for negligence after being raped by driver | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
A passenger is suing Uber for negligence after her driver raped her.
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Under California state guidelines, Uber is required to conduct a background check on their drivers.  Assuming that this check was not done, done improperly, or revealed information which Uber ignored, this case may be viable.  The usual standard for an "principal" (Uber) being legally responsible for the acts of an "agent" (driver), is whether the principal knew or should have known that the agent was likely to have committed such an act or failed to act reasonably prudent and this failure was a substantial factor in allowing the attack to take place.  We will have to see how this civil sexual assault case plays out in the court system.

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Seven Female Fox Newscasters Accuse Roger Ailes Of Sexual Harassment

Seven Female Fox Newscasters Accuse Roger Ailes Of Sexual Harassment | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
After former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing Roger Ailes of sexual harassment and retaliation, six more women have come forward claiming similar experiences.
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At least six more female news broadcasters have followed the lead of Gretchen Carlson in accusing Fox News Chairman, Roger Ailes, of sexual harassment.  At least in Carlson's case, the allegation is what is known in legal parlance as "quid pro quo" harassment.  In other words, Ailes is alleged to have demanded sexual favors from Carlson in exchange for job advancement or opportunity and to have retaliated against her for refusing these sexual overtures.  Now that six more women have come forward, it will be interesting to see how this litigation plays out.

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California Sexual Abuse and Assault Victims Attorney and Lawyer: Legal Definition of Rape May Be Expanded in California

California Sexual Abuse and Assault Victims Attorney and Lawyer: Legal Definition of Rape May Be Expanded in California | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
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New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
The Pentagon admits a major concern over reprisals against troops who report sexual assault. A Human Rights Watch report says the Pentagon isn't doing enough to repair harm done by this retaliation.
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California Sexual Abuse and Assault Victims Attorney and Lawyer: Can Uber Be Sued for Sexual Assault of Passenger by Driver?

California Sexual Abuse and Assault Victims Attorney and Lawyer: Can Uber Be Sued for Sexual Assault of Passenger by Driver? | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
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Sexual Assault at Los Angeles Hospital Results in $1.5M Verdict | PersonalInjury.com

Submitted by Los Angeles, CA Injury Attorney Steven Sweat
 
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Harvard Sued by Former Student Over Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint - American Legal News

Harvard Sued by Former Student Over Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint - American Legal News | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
By Steven Sweat, Esq. A recent Harvard graduate has filed a lawsuit against the University for failing to protect her after being sexually assaulted and for creating a “culture of silence” about sexual assault on the college campus. Alyssa Leader filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court of Massachusetts requesting a jury trial …
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L.A. City Attorney files lawsuit over alleged prostitution ring

L.A. City Attorney files lawsuit over alleged prostitution ring | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the operators of a ring of massage parlors from the San Fernando Valley to the Harbor Area that allegedly served as fronts for prostitution.The
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Tech Wins Lawsuit Over Years of Unwanted Advances by Surgeon

Tech Wins Lawsuit Over Years of Unwanted Advances by Surgeon | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
Tech triumphs in lawsuit over years of unwanted advances. Oregon neurosurgeon has history of harassing behavior.
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Consumers Unaware of Prior Sexual Abuse of Patients by Doctors

Consumers Unaware of Prior Sexual Abuse of Patients by Doctors | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
A lack of transparency in the system for disciplining physicians across the U.S. provides cover for doctors accused of molesting patients or other forms of
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As an attorney that has represented numerous patients who have been sexual abused by medical personnel including physicians, it is appalling to me that consumers are not aware of prior discipline related to sexual misconduct.  We trust that when we need medical care it will be conducted by professionals and not persons with a history of sexually abusing patients.

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California May End Statute of Limitations for Rape Victims

California May End Statute of Limitations for Rape Victims | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
Bill Cosby has infamously had a large number of women coming forward, publicly making accusations that they were raped by the star in th
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California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case

California lawmakers pass rape bill inspired by Stanford case | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
California lawmakers, responding to outrage over the six-month jail term given to a former Stanford University swimmer after his conviction for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, passed legislation on Monday closing a loophole that allowed the sentence.
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Lawsuit Alleges Elderly Woman Raped in CA Nursing Home

Lawsuit Alleges Elderly Woman Raped in CA Nursing Home | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
A lawsuit filed Friday alleges that a 78-year-old Grover Beach woman was raped by an employee at the Arroyo Grande Care Center in September 2015 while she was recovering from surgery. The Arroyo Grande Police Department is investigating the allegation against the Compass Health facility.
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I can think of little more reprehensible than sexual assault of an elderly patient in an extended care facility.  If these allegations are true, I hope that the perpetrator is criminally prosecuted and the facility is held accountable to pay a significant amount of monetary damages if they were negligent in allowing this to happen.

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Inmates receive $4.6 million in settlements for sexual assaults by prison physician

Inmates receive $4.6 million in settlements for sexual assaults by prison physician | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lawsuits allege sexual abuse by doctor at 2 private NM prisons
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Pennsylvania Judge Orders Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sexual Assault

Pennsylvania Judge Orders Bill Cosby To Stand Trial For Sexual Assault | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
The judge ruled that there was enough evidence for the entertainer to be criminally tried on charges that he attacked a woman in 2004 after giving he
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Hugh Hefner Added to Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby

Hugh Hefner Added to Sex Assault Lawsuit Against Bill Cosby | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
The dancer, who claimed Bill Cosby doped and groped her inside the Playboy Mansion, is back with a new lawsuit.
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Lawsuit Alleges Fresno High turned ‘blind eye’ to teacher-student affair

Lawsuit Alleges Fresno High turned ‘blind eye’ to teacher-student affair | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
A lawyer has accused Fresno High’s staff of knowing about English teacher Darren Klassen’s illicit sexual affair with an underage student but doing nothing to stop it, according to a lawsuit filed in Fresno County Superior Court against the Fresno Unified School District.
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Court: Surgical Hospital Could Be Liable for Nurse Sexually Assaulting Patient

Court: Surgical Hospital Could Be Liable for Nurse Sexually Assaulting Patient | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
Court: Surgical hospital could Be liable for nurse sexually assaulting patient. The hospital is accused of failing to provide background checks and adequately training staff of sexual misconduct prevention.
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Former Harvard Student Sues College Over Handling of Sexual Crimes Complaints

Former Harvard Student Sues College Over Handling of Sexual Crimes Complaints | Sexual Assault and Abuse Claims in California | Scoop.it
A Harvard graduate has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of failing to protect her from her assailant after she was sexually assaulted.
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