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Noaker Law Firm Releases”Tell Someone”
People with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate 7 times higher than the general population. Please share this video with everyone.
Most people have a picture in their head of what a sexual abuse survivor looks like. And, if they were never abused, they surely don’t think that picture looks like them.
It is common to try and put distance between tragic and traumatic events and our own lives. “It could never happen to me because I am not [fill in the blank] or I did not [fill in the blank].” This distance seems to give us comfort. The truth is, sexual abuse can happen to anyone. Read More
Special Investigation: Gerald Gaddy
Gerald Gaddy was the Assistant Girls Track Coach at the Simeon Career Academy on Chicago’s South side. It came as a surprise to the Simeon Career Academy community when on July 22, 2014, the Chicago Police arrested Gerald Gaddy for sexually abusing members of the girls track team. Gaddy was indicted by a Cook County grand jury on 32 Counts of criminal sexual conduct relating to three female student athletes. Ultimately, Gaddy was convicted for sexually assaulting the three students and he was sentenced to more than thirty (30) years in prison.
Patrick Noaker in the Minnesota Public Radio studios during the program
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.
Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up
With his defense of a controversial bishop in Chile, he’s “re-victimizing every single child victim and putting himself in the abuser’s shoes”
By Carol Kuruvilla
Francis told reporters Thursday that he hasn’t seen any convincing evidence against Chile’s Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, whom victims claim protected a pedophile priest.
“The day someone brings me proof against Bishop Barros, then I will talk,” Francis said during a papal trip to Chile, according to The New York Times. “But there is not one single piece of evidence. It is all slander. Is that clear?” . . .
Patrick Noaker, a lawyer who has represented dozens survivors of sexual abuse in Minnesota, said that Cruz’s testimony appears to him to be extremely powerful. That’s because when it comes to child sexual abuse, there is rarely evidence outside the testimony of the victim.
Francis’ defense of Barros is a reminder to Noaker that bishops are “the princes of the Catholic church, and they are protected at all cost.”
“The statement by the pope reveals a hard-liner position that he will protect bishops over children,” he told HuffPost in an email. “This will discourage survivors of sexual abuse from reporting their abuse because they will not have photographs or other evidence of the abuse outside of their testimony.” . . .
Angel Pagan was a teacher at the Noble Street College Prep High School located on the West side of Chicago. Pagan was a dance teacher who was teaching on a substitute teaching license for approximately 8 years at the school. In January 2016, Chicago Police arrested Pagan for sexually abusing three Noble Street College Prep students. In September 2016, Pagan pled guilty to abusing all three boys and was placed on probation for two years and required to participate in a sex offender program. The Special Investigation appearing below provides access to many of the documents surrounding Pagan, his arrest, conviction and his probation.
Woman claims she was groped during massage in Tinley Park
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. . .
(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.
ACTIVISTS WANT PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEX ABUSE REMOVED FROM CHURCH