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People with intellectual and physical disabilities are more vulnerable to sexual assault than the average person. Joseph Shapiro is taking a hard look at why this happens and what’s being done to keep vulnerable populations safe in a series of reports for National Public Radio. He joined guest host Marianne Combs to talk about his investigation.
Shapiro was joined by local attorney Patrick Noaker who is prosecuting a case involving a young woman with Down syndrome who was attacked at a social event. Noaker spoke to the process after the assault, the difficulties of understanding what happened to the victim and what it means to hold someone accountable. It’s often the institution, rather than the individual, who Noaker prosecutes.
Katie Thune of Sexuality for All Abilities discussed her work with people of differing abilities to “help improve their quality of life.” Her organization provides sex education and support for people with disabilities and their families.
Alicia Fabbre – Chicago Tribune Daily Southtown
A Tinley Park Massage Envy is being sued after a Chicago woman claimed she was groped during her massage.
The woman is among more than 180 Massage Envy clients across the nation who have made similar claims, which include other Massage Envy businesses in the Chicago area. An investigation by the website BuzzFeed News this week reported that many of those who complained believed their claims were mishandled or ignored by employees and owners of individual Massage Envy spas and by the national company. . . .
. . . “I think there are a lot more people out there who have had things happen to them who, hopefully, now are emboldened to come forward,” said Jessica Arbour, an attorney representing the Chicago woman in her lawsuit against the Tinley Park Massage Envy. . .
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Fr. Romano Ferraro
By Attorney Patrick Noaker
(Minneapolis – November 17, 2017) On Friday, the Diocese of Brooklyn named eight priests against whom they had received credible allegations of child sexual abuse. Fr. Romano Ferraro is one of those priests. I represented two boys in St. Louis, Missouri who were sexually abused by Fr. Ferraro. The investigation in those cases was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to Fr. Ferraro’s sexually abusive career. During his career, Fr. Ferraro sexually abused children in four different Catholic Dioceses: Diocese of Brooklyn, Diocese of Rockville Centre, Archdiocese of New York and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Above are three parts of a video revealing documents that describe Fr. Ferraro’s sexual abuse from 1958 through 1982 and the red flags that should have been heeded.