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.
(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 →
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(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.
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.
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.