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Oscar Shines “Spotlight” on Sexual Abuse by Clergy

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards, six nominations went to Spotlight, a drama about reporters from The Boston Globe who began investigating sexual abuse by priests in 2001. Their inquiry into the conduct of a single priest eventually uncovered a conspiracy involving the… Read More »

Former North Carolina Teacher Arrested for Sex Crimes

A former teacher at Lenford Middle School in Davidson County was arrested at his home on April 16 after it was alleged that he sexually abused one of his students in the early 1980s. Thomas Cridlebaugh, 71, has been charged with three first-degree sex crimes and seven second-degree sex crimes. All of the alleged incidents… Read More »

Filing a Lawsuit When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused

The sexual abuse of a child is a nightmare scenario for any parent. If your child has become a victim to abuse, you may be wondering what your legal options are. Most people are aware that sexual abuse is considered a crime, meaning you can report the behavior to law enforcement as a crime. However,… Read More »

Former Army Prosecutor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

A former prosecutor for the U.S. Army that often oversaw cases involving allegations of sexual assault has been found guilty of rape, as well as other charges, after a court martial that took place at Fort Bragg. Major Erik J. Burris’s total guilty charges included two counts of rape, four charges of assault, one charge… Read More »

North Carolina Students Invent Nail Polish That Can Detect Presence of Drugs in Drinks

Four North Carolina male students have invented a nail polish that can alert its wearers to the presence of date-rape drugs in their drinks. Known as Undercover Colors, the nail polish is designed to change color if its wearer dips a finger in their drink and date-rape drugs are detected. The invention has been heralded… Read More »

Sexual Assault on Campus: An Increasing Problem

Reports of sexual assaults on college campuses across the United States have seemed to be on the rise over the past several years. Many people are asking why universities are not doing more to protect their student populations from these types of attacks. Even the University Of North Carolina (UNC) has come under scrutiny for… Read More »

Local Pastor Arrested on Allegations That He Sexually Abused Young Victims in His Church

Sexual abuse is a crime and a civil wrong that can cause a wide range of problems for the victim, such as depression, PTSD and other serious psychological injuries. It can lead to the inability to sleep, work or perform daily life functions, in addition to drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm, suicide, and many other… Read More »

Sandusky Case Causes Charlotte Area Sexual Abuse Victims to Come Forward in Previously-Unreported Cases

After the heavily reported conviction of Jerry Sandusky, victims of sexual abuse in Charlotte and across the United States started coming forward with allegations of sexual abuse from their own childhoods. The publicity from the Sandusky case encouraged others to break their silence for a number of reasons. Many victims felt the need to protect… Read More »

Witnesses Needed: Principal Accused of Sex Assault of Students on School Grounds

Schools should be safe havens for kids so they can learn, socialize and grow. But school can become a nightmare for our children when a teacher or authority figure forces himself on them. This is exactly the issue at hand in Fayetteville. Former Principal David Ellis Edwards of Ramsey Street Alternative Middle School and Douglas… Read More »

The Civil Side of Sexual Abuse

When law enforcement charges someone with a criminal sex offense, you may be surprised to know that they are not technically doing it on behalf of the victim or victims. Like all crimes, sexual offenses are considered crimes against society, not against individuals — that is why they are prosecuted by the state, which imposes… Read More »

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