NDAs Silence Sexual Assault Victims and Protect Predators

Over one-third of the US workforce is bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). NDAs can be detrimental to victims of sexual abuse and assault by prohibiting them from talking about sexual misconduct. In this way, they can perpetuate sexual abuse in the workplace and elsewhere, silence survivors, and protect sexual predators from ever having to face… read more

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Why Class Actions Protect Predators and Hurt Sexual Assault Victims

Class actions are common in sexual abuse and assault lawsuits, especially against institutions such as schools and churches. A class action permits one or more plaintiffs to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of a larger group of plaintiffs, or a “class.” Class actions eliminate redundancies by allowing multiple plaintiffs to file a single lawsuit… read more

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What Is the Patient’s Right To Know Act?

Until recently, gaps in California’s laws led to a lack of transparency in reporting doctor sexual assault and sexual abuse. Sadly, this increased the risk of patient sexual abuse by health care providers, who can use their positions of power to take advantage of their patients. In 2019, California lawmakers passed Senate Bill (SB) 1448,… read more

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What Is the Difference Between Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault?

Sexual abuse and sexual assault are two different types of sex crimes under California law. When prosecuted in the criminal court or claimed in the civil court, the nuances between these two terms are critical. Learning the difference between sexual abuse and sexual assault can help you better understand your case as a survivor of… read more

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How To Tell if You’ve Been Roofied

Perpetrators often use date rape drugs to commit sexual assault crimes. Date rape drugs are narcotics meant to sedate or incapacitate a victim to varying degrees so that a perpetrator can take advantage of a victim without his or her consent. One of the most commonly used date rape drugs is Rohypnol, more commonly known… read more

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2021

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). As of April 2021, SAAM has existed for 20 years. SAAM is an opportunity to bring awareness and education to communities about the dangers of sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, as well as to show support for sexual assault survivors. Learn how to show your support… read more

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Sexual Assault Statistics: A Comprehensive Examination

Sexual assault is defined as any type of unwanted or unwelcome sexual contact. Although our understanding of sexual assault has grown over the past decade, it remains a serious and prevalent issue. However, as widespread as the issue is, finding definitive sexual assault statistics can be difficult and information varies from organization to organization. How… read more

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Can You Sue Uber or Lyft for Sexual Assault?

Using a rideshare vehicle should not put you at risk of sexual assault. Unfortunately, rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft are not very discerning in their employment practices. For example, both companies only conduct background checks on their drivers for the prior seven years, and neither interviews their drivers in person before hiring them…. read more

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What Is a Rape Kit?

Rape is the crime of forcing sexual intercourse upon someone by means of intimidation, threat of bodily injury, violence, menace, or duress. Rape can also occur while the victim is unconscious, intoxicated, physically restrained, or mentally disabled. If someone rapes you, know that what happened to you was not your fault. Also know that it… read more

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Was I Sexually Assaulted?

Sexual assault affects millions of men and women around the world. Estimates state at least one in three women and one in six men will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes. Sexual assault can occur at home, church, school and the workplace. If you have lived through sexual assault or sexual violence, you have options…. read more

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