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How Taking Legal Action Helps Sexual Abuse Survivors Heal

By: Tyler Aliperto and Patrick Noaker When asked whether legal action can help abuse survivors heal, one survivor recalled: “Walking into the room where my press conference was held, I felt a weight lift from my shoulders and I literally stopped walking with hunched shoulders for the first time since I was a happy-go-lucky kid,…
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Effect of Clergy Sexual Abuse on Self-Identity

By: Tyler Aliperto and Patrick Noaker I don’t even know who I am,” said one survivor (Participant 508) due to the effects that being sexually abused by a priest as a child had on his self identity.   This is a feeling that many of our clients and many victims of clergy sexual abuse express…
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Massage Envy Complaint Filed 5/9/18

New Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy on Upper East Side Complaint alleges inappropriate contact by a male massage therapist in September 2017 NYPD investigated this same location TWICE for sexual assault of clients before this incident Massage Therapist remains licensed and is believed to be working in the industry still A new lawsuit…
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Patrick Noaker discussing sexual assault of people with disabilities.

Protecting people with intellectual disabilities from sexual assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month Pat Evans, KARE 11 GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn – People with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than the general population, yet assaults go undetected and unreported. Nationally recognized sexual assault/abuse attorney Patrick Noaker talks about warning signs and tips for drawing out information, seeking…
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Tips for caregivers who suspect sexual abuse of a person with disabilities

For caregivers who suspect sexual abuse of a person with disabilities

This video reviews the do’s and don’ts for social workers, personal care attendants, home health aides or others who care for persons with intellectual disabilities, if they suspect that the person being supervised has been sexually assaulted or abused. Key takeaways: Don’t try to determine whether there was an assault. Let social services and law…
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Survivor of child sexual abuse on challenges for victims to speak out

Survivor of child sexual abuse on challenges for victims to speak out

By Spectrum News NY1 Stephen Jimenez — a survivor of child sexual abuse and the co-founder of advocacy group New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators — sits down with “In Focus” Host Cheryl Wills to talk about his story of abuse. He discusses trauma victims suffer, and why it is so difficult for many to come…
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Deadline for Diocese of Rockville Centre Compensation Fund Fast Approaching

Deadline for Diocese of Rockville Centre Compensation Fund Fast Approaching

The Independent Reconciliation Compensation Program (IRCP) for the Diocese of Rockville Centre is quickly coming to a close. The Diocese established the IRCP to provide assistance to survivors of child sexual abuse by Diocese priests. The deadline for submitting a claim through the IRCP is April 30, 2018. According to attorney Patrick Noaker, “it is…
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Report Issued on Albany Diocese Abuse Allegations

Report Issued on Albany Diocese Abuse Allegations

By Spectrum News Staff  [watch the news story] A new report has been released detailing allegations of sexual abuse by priests in the Albany Diocese, including the locations they were assigned. Forty-two priests are named in the report titled “Hidden Disgrace Three,” released by attorneys in the group ‘Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse.’ They…
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Priest-Abuse Survivor Backs State’s Child Victims Act

Priest-Abuse Survivor Backs State’s Child Victims Act

Courageous Noaker Law Firm Client Pushes for New York Child Protection Law By Chris McKenna, Times Herald-Record [read full story] Lex Filipowski was a 7-year-old altar boy at Holy Cross Church in Wawayanda, alone with the pastor as they changed into their robes before Mass, when the Rev. George Boxelaar pulled him close and began kissing him…
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Noaker Law Firm Releases “Tell Someone”

Noaker Law Firm Releases “Tell Someone”

People with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at a rate seven times higher than the general population. Please share this video with everyone.

Sexual Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

Sexual Abuse Can Happen to Anyone

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…
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