Category: In The News

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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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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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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National Public Radio examines the sexual abuse of people with disabilities

National Public Radio examines the sexual abuse of people with disabilities

By Marianne Combs and Manda Lillie, NPR 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…
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Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

Clergy Abuse Advocates Fear Pope Francis Is Making It Harder For Victims To Speak Up

By Carol Kuruvilla When Joelle Casteix heard Pope Francis accuse sex abuse victims in Chile of slander, the pontiff’s words hit close to home. 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,…
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Report says 48 priests accused of child sex abuse worked in Queens, but diocese questions its accuracy

Report says 48 priests accused of child sex abuse worked in Queens, but diocese questions its accuracy

By Robert Pozarycki, QNS.com Four dozen priests who worked at Queens churches over the last half-century were accused of child sex abuse, according to a report released by a legal group representing victims. The Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, however, charged that the report isn’t completely accurate. Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse issued “Hidden Disgrace,” a…
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Manhattan Priest Accused Of Abusing Two Boys In The 1990s

Manhattan Priest Accused Of Abusing Two Boys In The 1990s

By Alex Silverman, CBS New York Two men are accusing an active upper Manhattan priest of abusing them decades ago, and calling on the archdiocese to keep him away from children. Minnesota-based attorneys Patrick Noaker and Jessica Arbour who work for the group Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse, say their clients, whom they did not…
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With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

With abuse law ending, Diocese of Winona faces uncertain future

By Jerome Christenson, Winona Daily News On May 31, 1958, Thomas Paul Adamson was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Winona. More than a half-century later, the Diocese of Winona has received 36 accusations of child sexual abuse by Adamson, one of 17 men who served as priests in the diocese who…
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Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse

By Gretchen Brown on Mar 2, 2016 at 11:33 p.m. West Central Tribune (Willmar, MN) — Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland pleaded guilty in October to eight counts of criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County District Court, but his use of an Alford plea means he never was asked to admit to specific allegations. Two…
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Girls abused by clergy members, and others, are focus of new team

By Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune A national team of lawyers has joined forces to focus on a group of children who are underrepresented in clergy abuse cases — namely, girls. The group announced its first legal action Monday, a suit by a Minnesota woman who charges that she was sexually abused for several years in the…
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