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Abused in SoCal Advocates helping survivors of clergy and sexual abuse in Southern California. For over ten years, attorneys from Jeff Anderson & Associates and Anthony De Marco have helped more than 400 survivors get results for claims of child sexual abuse by trusted adults including: clerics, counselors, teachers, coaches, and their employers.

A Maronite Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Columbus Ohio has been told to leave the parish in which he was ser...
07/02/2018
California Priest Removed from Ohio Parish After Sex Assault Charge Exposed

A Maronite Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Columbus Ohio has been told to leave the parish in which he was serving as administrator after Ohio church officials learned there had been a credible allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor in California in 2004.

A Maronite Catholic priest serving in the Diocese of Columbus Ohio has been told to leave the parish in which he was serving as administrator after Ohio church...

02/09/2018
Five Harvey Weinstein sex crime cases with DA in LA after police probe

Harvey Weinstein faces possible arrest in 5 California cases after LAPD sends three new sex crime reports to the district attorney

The Los Angeles Police Department sent three reports to District Attorney Jackie Lacey on February 1, a little over three months after the first woman came forward to report sex crime charges.

Former sports doctor, Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken the gymnastics world w...
02/05/2018
Ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in Michigan, last punishment in sex abuse scandal

Former sports doctor, Larry Nassar, whose serial sexual abuse of girls and young women has shaken the gymnastics world was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years for sexually abusing young athletes at an elite Michigan training center.

Ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar sentenced to 40 to 125 years in prison in Michigan, last punishment in sex abuse scandal.

The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexuall...
01/26/2018
USA Gymnastics board to resign amid sex abuse scandal: spokeswoman

The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexually abused female athletes, complying with a demand from the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The remaining directors of USA Gymnastics will resign following revelations that the former national team doctor sexually abused female athletes, complying with a demand from the U.S. Olympic Committee, a spokeswoman for gymnastics group said on Friday.

A website launched by graduates of Presentation High School, a San Jose Catholic school for girls, details a timeline of...
01/23/2018
Presentation High Alums Launch Website Over Sex Abuse Claims

A website launched by graduates of Presentation High School, a San Jose Catholic school for girls, details a timeline of sexual harassment and abuse allegations going all the way back to 1984.

Graduates of a prestigious San Jose Catholic school for girls who say they were victims of sexual misconduct or abuse have launched a website they’re using to tell extremely personal stories in their own words.

A Santa Rosa man was in custody Wednesday on $1 million bail, suspected of sexually molesting two acquaintances over a p...
01/11/2018
Santa Rosa child molest suspect arrested

A Santa Rosa man was in custody Wednesday on $1 million bail, suspected of sexually molesting two acquaintances over a period of years, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.

The man was suspected of several felony crimes including sex acts with a child under age 10, according to Santa Rosa police.

01/03/2018
Documentary on actress-activist Rose McGowan coming to E!

Actress and Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan gets her own E! documentary about her fight against rampant sexual misconduct in Hollywood

McGowan was one of the first women to publicly accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct and has been one of his most vocal accusers.

“With more attention on sexual assault and related issues, my hope is in the coming year we will have more political wil...
12/29/2017
Advocates hope focus on sex harassment means more priority for testing rape kits

“With more attention on sexual assault and related issues, my hope is in the coming year we will have more political will to address the rape-kit backlog."

SACRAMENTO - Advocates and lawmakers who have pushed to end California's backlog of untested rape kits say they are hoping the national attention to sexual harassment and assault will drive efforts to pass much-needed reforms in the state. And, entering the New Year, they are focusing on one area in...

Survivor Joelle Casteix hopes #MeToo finally gets her rapist, Dr. Thomas Hodgman, fired.
12/19/2017
A Prominent Sex-Abuse Survivor Hopes #MeToo Finally Gets Her Rapist Fired

Survivor Joelle Casteix hopes #MeToo finally gets her rapist, Dr. Thomas Hodgman, fired.

For the past 16 years, Dr. Thomas Hodgman has taught at Adrian College’s Music Department, where he currently serves as the choir director. He enjoys a tenured position at the school even though, in 2005, the Catholic Diocese of Orange County, California paid a $1.6 million settlement to Joelle Ca...

"It takes tremendous courage for a child or an adult to tell someone of their abuse. The way in which they choose to tel...
12/18/2017
Delayed reporting of sexual abuse is the norm, not exception: Guestview

"It takes tremendous courage for a child or an adult to tell someone of their abuse. The way in which they choose to tell their story is a journey for them to live and walk through – it is not for us to judge. Disclosure is as unique as each one of us, let's try to show more compassion toward those strong enough to come forward."

The span between the abuse and the courage to report has nothing to do with the credibility of the claim.

Thank you TIME for honoring survivor voices. On its cover, Time called the people behind the #MeToo movement "The Silenc...
12/07/2017
#MeToo Movement Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says

Thank you TIME for honoring survivor voices. On its cover, Time called the people behind the #MeToo movement "The Silence Breakers." Its story features women and men who have spoken out — including activist Tarana Burke, who started the hashtag 10 years ago.

It created a wave of awareness and brave confrontations over sexual harassment and assault, taking down powerful men in the process.

Coping with the current news cycle as a survivor looks different for every survivor. For some survivors, the flood of st...
12/05/2017
How to Cope With the Current News Cycle as a Sexual Abuse Survivor

Coping with the current news cycle as a survivor looks different for every survivor. For some survivors, the flood of stories is horrifying. For others, there is some satisfaction in seeing the scope of the problem made public.

The current wave of sexual abuse news is causing thoughtful people everywhere to feel disgust, sadness and rage on behalf of those victimized. But for some of us who have endured such violence, the relentless coverage and subsequent backlash are taking us to an even more disturbing place. Here, we t...

"Statistically, children wait an average of two years before beginning the disclosure process, if they ever report it at...
12/04/2017
COMMENTARY We must start believing victims of child abuse

"Statistically, children wait an average of two years before beginning the disclosure process, if they ever report it at all. No one who regularly works with victims of abuse is surprised to see victims come forward years after their abuse has ended."

Sometimes claims of abuse by children are easy to dismiss. We must start believing them.

Thomas Hodgman sexually abused 15-year-old Joelle Casteix at a Catholic High School in California. He is now a college p...
11/21/2017
Advocates: College prof accused in sex case must go

Thomas Hodgman sexually abused 15-year-old Joelle Casteix at a Catholic High School in California. He is now a college professor. We stand with Joelle, it's time for transparency.

ADRIAN — Supporters of a woman who alleges sexual misconduct against her former high school instructor — now an Adrian College professor

Christopher Cunningham, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in churches in Southern California ...
11/20/2017
Priest accused of sex abuse now Newport psychologist

Christopher Cunningham, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in churches in Southern California in the 1990s and early 2000s is now working as a licensed psychologist in Newport. Five victims have reported to police, but Cunningham has not been charged criminally.

Rev. Christopher Cunningham, facing 2 civil lawsuits, practices at Seaside Psychological Services on Bellevue Avenue. He was licensed by the Rhode Island

LAPD dropped Corey Feldman's sexual abuse investigation due to the Statute of Limitations. It's time for Statute of Limi...
11/13/2017
LAPD Drops Investigation Into Corey Feldman's Sex Abuse Claims

LAPD dropped Corey Feldman's sexual abuse investigation due to the Statute of Limitations. It's time for Statute of Limitations reform.

Police said the allegations that he was sexually abused as a child actor are beyond the statute of limitations.

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental ...
11/06/2017
How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. In other words, childhood trauma isn't something you just get over.

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across…

Disclosing an abuse story is a big deal. If you think you want to, here are some tips and tools from 1in6 to consider wh...
10/26/2017
Telling Someone (or Not) About What Happened | 1in6

Disclosing an abuse story is a big deal. If you think you want to, here are some tips and tools from 1in6 to consider when and if you are ready. We support you either way.

It's a big decision, with potentially huge consequences. Here are some tools for thinking it through and planning it out.

Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol."Why didn’t we spea...
10/17/2017
Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol

Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol.

"Why didn’t we speak up? Sometimes out of fear. Sometimes out of shame,” it reads. “Often these men hold our professional fates in their hands. They are bosses, gatekeepers, and contacts. Our relationships with them are crucial to our personal success.”

Female lawmakers, staff and lobbyists who work in California's Capitol are saying sexual harassment and misconduct is commonplace.

Bill will expand the use of video testimony options for child sex abuse survivors so they will not have to retell their ...
09/28/2017
Child Sex Victims Video Testimony Bill Signed By Governor Brown

Bill will expand the use of video testimony options for child sex abuse survivors so they will not have to retell their story repeatedly.

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's bill will shield young children who've been victims of heinous sex crimes.

Police report reveals that Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky abusing kids years before Sandusky's arrest. ...
09/11/2017
CNN exclusive: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim, police report reveals

Police report reveals that Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky abusing kids years before Sandusky's arrest.

If you suspect someone is abusing children, speak up right away. It can save a child's life.

A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

09/07/2017
Report: More Video Found in Child Abuse Case Against Surgeon

California prosecutors say additional video footage has been discovered in the case of a brain surgeon and two nurses on charges of operating a child-sex ring.

Prosecutors say additional video footage has been discovered in the case of a brain surgeon and two nurses in jail awaiting trial on charges of operating a child-sex ring.

Research shows link between childhood sex abuse and food addiction. "Sexual abuse creates a hole in the soul of the surv...
08/31/2017
The Link Between Childhood Sex Abuse and Food Addiction | The Fix

Research shows link between childhood sex abuse and food addiction. "Sexual abuse creates a hole in the soul of the survivor, and food offers the illusion of filling that void."

Sexual abuse creates a hole in the soul of the survivor, and food offers the illusion of filling that void.

It's time to start asking children, "What happened to you?" rather than, "What's wrong with you?" The National Child Tra...
08/28/2017
To be a trauma-informed city takes a cultural shift and partnership

It's time to start asking children, "What happened to you?" rather than, "What's wrong with you?" The National Child Traumatic Stress Network estimates that 25% of children under 17 have suffered from some form of trauma. Being trauma-informed supports survivor's healing.

New Britain is beginning to shift it's culture to become a trauma-informed city. In other words, it is working to recognize that 25 percent of children under 17 have suffered some form of trauma in their life, and to help them heal and move on rather than punish them for how they have responded.

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