A Big Thanks to Reporters Covering Stories on Childhood Sexual Abuse: You Help Make Change Happen

By TIM KOSNOFF

Members of my law firm would be less than candid if we said we aren’t pleased with the publicity our work has recently won. This isn’t so much because of any benefit the media coverage has brought to us. It’s about the nature of the work we do: defending child victims of sexual predators.

From years of representing abuse victims, I’ve learned that the media spotlight is nearly always welcome. That’s because the press spells out the horrors of sexual abuse and the often egregious enabling on the part of institutions. And the court of public opinion demands change. We saw it in 2002 when the Boston Globe uncovered wide-spread sexual abuse by priests within the Archdiocese of Boston. In the ensuing decade, similar cases came to light nationwide. We saw it this year with Penn State. And now we’re likely to see the public demanding improved safety measures from the Boy Scouts of America. The media interest in recent days promises to give victims ever greater impetus to come forward and join the battle against pedophiles, so many of whom continue to function undiscovered and unpunished.

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Seattle attorney releases list of 1,900 alleged Boy Scout child sex-abusers

For immediate release:  Oct. 8, 2012

Seattle attorney releases list of 1,900 alleged Boy Scout child sex-abusers in advance of upcoming Oregon court-ordered release of records

Attorney Tim Kosnoff: ‘The Public Will Demand Better Safety Measures When They See What’s in These Files’

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(SEATTLE, WA)  – For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts of America has quietly compiled the names of thousands of accused child molesters within its ranks. The Scouts says it has maintained the records, known as the “perversion files,” as part of a decades-long effort to keep tabs on bad leaders and prevent abuse.  Victims’ advocates, however, say the Scouts has done little to warn youngsters about the risks of encountering predators. Continue reading

Diocese And Morning Star Ranch Reach Settlement Agreement

A settlement has been reached in Morning Star Ranch in Spokane. According to Tim, “this was not a victory, but it was not a defeat, we salvaged a case out of a very difficult situation.” You can read the Full article, by Katie Steiner, KHQ Reporter, posted on May 27th, 2012. and view the video here.

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Tim Kosnoff helped to Uncover Decades of Scout Sexual Abuse – CBC

The CBC recently revealed Scouts Canada’s uncovered files that showed years of sexual abuse and pedophilia in the scouts. Tim Kosnoff helped to uncover those files.

A review of how Scouts Canada handled allegations of sexual abuse by its group leaders has found that dozens of cases reported to the organization were not passed on to the police.

Despite past assurances by Scouts Canada that it had informed police about “every record of abuse” within its ranks, the audit has found at least 65 instances where that did not happen.

Watch the excerpts from Tim Kosnoff’s interview with the CBC on the Scouts Canada Case here.

If you are looking for child abuse attorneys, Kosnoff Fasy has experience in boy scout abusemormon sexual abuse, catholic church abuse, and more. You can contact us at kosnoff.com or Toll Free: 1-855-LAW-4-CSA

Kosnoff Fasy – Great Falls Filing For Sex Abuse

New Clergy Sex Abuse Victims File Suit Against Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.

Having represented sexual abuse survivors for a decade, trial lawyer Tim Kosnoff has many settlements in his favor. For more information, please call 1-855-529-4272, visit their website at www.abusedinmontana.com or email them at gethelp@abusedinmontana.com.

If you are looking for child abuse attorneys, Kosnoff Fasy has experience in boy scout abusemormon sexual abuse, catholic church abuse, and more. You can contact us at kosnoff.com or Toll Free: 1-855-LAW-4-CSA

Utah Woman Files Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit

(SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH)  – A 32-year-old woman has filed a civil lawsuit against golfer Steven Poulson, a man that’s also her uncle, alleging that he sexually abused her hundreds of times over a three-year span in the early 1990s, from the ages of 13 to 16.

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Who Sexually Abuses Children

Here’s a distressing statistic to consider: Some 85 percent of the time, children are abused by someone they know.  Abusers are often immediate or extended family members, such as fathers, mothers, stepparents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, or cousins. They can be neighbors, babysitters, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, or anyone else who has close contact with children.

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Statutes of Limitations

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to establish or improve public policy.

For years, varying state statutes of limitation have kept victims of child sexual abuse from closure, with abusers evading justice.

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Supporting a Survivor

When and friend or loved one comes out as a sexual abuse survivor we have a lot of questions and may be unsure of how to move forward. Our reactions can take a huge role in how a survivor processes their abuse and knowing how to respond can help ease the process.

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