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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Signs Of Domestic Violence And Abusive Relationship

Domestic or family violence can happen to anyone. This problem is very often denied or excused, especially in the cases when the abuse is of psychological nature.

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Domestic or family violence occurs when one person is taking control over the other and dominates him or her. Domestic violence includes:

  • physical violence
  • verbal threats of physical violence
  • emotional/psychological abuse

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Four Children Die Every Day as a Result of Child Abuse

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According to Childhelp, a report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. More than four (4) children die every day as a result of child abuse. Approximately 70% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.

Child abuse is regarded as failure to act on the part of the parent or caretaker that results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation. Child abuse can occur not only in child’s home but also at schools, kindergartens or other organizations the child interacts with.

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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.