Out of Darkness, Into Light: Sexual abuse

Unfortunately, sexual violence happens to many people, but they feel shameful to speak about it. It’s time to speak about it and not to be a victim of sexual abuse anymore.

Sexual abuse is any sort of non-consensual sexual contact that can happen to men or women of any age.

Sexual Abuse actions can include the following:images

  • Refusal to use contraception;
  • Deliberate causing unwanted physical pain during sex;
  • Deliberate passing on sexual diseases or infections;
  • Use of objects, toys, or other items without consent and to cause pain or humiliation

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The Great Role of State Child Protection When Minors Are Abused And Neglected

Everybody would agree that nothing is more important than protecting our kids. State Child Protection involves situations when parents are investigated by the state for neglecting or abusing their children.

The State Child Protection procedure:

  1. A report of suspected abuse or neglect is made to the appropriate state agency. child
  2. An investigation process of the report’s validity takes place. It is done through: interviews,  observations and reviewing documents concerning the child. 
  3. If at the end of the investigation the child is determined to be at risk, the child may be temporary taken out of their homes to ensure their safety.
  4. Usually the child is kept with their parents unless there is an definite safety concern.  
  5. Social services can provide rehabilitative services to children, parents, and other family members if it is necessary.  
  6. If the situation is serious, the Court will determine what should be done. If the accusations of abuse and neglect are true, the court may issue a Child Protection Order to keep the child safe.

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Child Sex Abuse Case Could Cost St Francis More Than $50 Million

 

An article written by Edmund H. Mahony entitled: St. Francis Settles Reardon Child Sex Abuse Claims will reportedly cost the hospital $50 million.  St. Francis Hospital and its insurers have reached settlements with virtually all of the 150 known child victims of hospital endocrinologist George Reardon, a milestone in years of contentious litigation that grew from what may be the most extensive case ever of child sexual abuse by an individual.

Reardon, who died in 1998, abused as many as 500 children from 1963 to 1993, when he was chief of endocrinology at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He was forced to resign after a brother and sister he abused while studying medicine in Albany tracked him to Hartford and complained to state medical regulators.

A state mediator, Superior Court Judge Robert Holzberg, is credited with pushing the parties toward settlements, some of which were being finalized this week. People familiar with the cases said the agreements, including associated legal expenses, could cost the hospital and three of its insurers $50 million or more.