Criminal/Sexual Violence

Recourse for Victims of Sexual Assault & Harassment in the Maritime Industry

It is no secret that there is a long, well-publicized history of sexual assaults and sexual harassment (SASH) within the maritime industry. In fact, in 2016 and again in November 2021, due to widespread incidents of SASH aboard maritime vessels, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) temporarily halted its Sea Year program – a program in which students are placed…

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Four Linked to Porn Website Indicted on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges

OCT. 10, 2019 6:16 PMSAN DIEGO — The owner of a pornographic website, who headed to New Zealand during his ongoing civil trial on claims he tricked young women into making sex videos, was indicted with three others Thursday on federal sex trafficking charges.The indictment was unsealed after three of the defendants linked to the GirlsDoPorn.com website appeared in a…

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The Media is Getting it Wrong: Jeffrey Epstein’s Victims and their Victims’ Rights Attorneys Deserve the Credit for Finally Bringing Him to Justice

The media has widely credited the Miami Herald’s “Perversion of Justice” series with “exposing” the unprecedented non-prosecution agreement (“NPA”) in which former U.S. Attorney (and current Trump Labor Secretary) Alexander Acosta agreed to allow billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to avoid federal prosecution for running an international child sex trafficking operation. But the true credit for exposing the shocking details surrounding the “sweetheart” deal belongs…

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Secretary DeVos’ Proposal on Sexual Assault Draws Wave of Personal Attacks

Not long after she was sworn in, Secretary DeVos met with campus sexual survivors and advocates and promised any action she took on Title IX would respect their viewpoint. That was a lie. Secretary DeVos’ proposed regulations overwhelmingly reflect the view of institutions seeking to limit liability at survivors’ expense, in four key ways. First, the proposal limits schools’ responsibility…

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Montgomery County Sues Opioid Industry Giants For Role In Nationwide ‘Epidemic’

Montgomery County filed suit against dozens of people and companies in the opioid industry Thursday, accusing them of contributing to a crisis that’s ravaged the county and country. The county is seeking $100 million, plus $350,000 in punitive damages from each of the more than three dozen named defendants and 100 anonymous defendants — plus a possible tripling of damages.…

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Brett Kavanaugh Could Still Face Felony Charges in Maryland Courts

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford bravely came forward with allegations that Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, tried to rape her in 1982 in Montgomery County Maryland, when Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Maryland. While some have speculated that Kavanaugh could face charges for the 1982 incident, no one has yet analyzed the question under…

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Why Maryland Lawmakers Should Accept the PA Grand Jury’s Recommendations on Priest Abuse

Yesterday, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Investigating Grand Jury released a comprehensive report detailing the Catholic Church’s systematic and widespread cover-up of more than 300 Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse of thousands of children. The report exposes a shameful cover-up by the late Baltimore Cardinal William H. Keeler, which The Baltimore Sun detailed in an article published last night. According to the report, Keeler reassigned a pedophile…

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