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Sexual Harassment News: Epstein, New York, Larry Nassar

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

08/15/2019

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Where Is Epstein’s ‘Lady of the House’? Ghislaine Maxwell Mystery Deepens

Latest report sets off another chase, this time to Boston

Epstein’s long-time companion is key figure in sprawling case

Her townhouse in Manhattan has been sold. Her home in London sits dark. And along the rocky north shore of Boston, past signs marked “No Trespassing,” the latest trail has gone cold.

Where is Ghislaine Maxwell? read more »

Hundreds of Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Flood N.Y. Courts

Wednesday was the first day in a one-year window allowing victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits, regardless of their age.

Theodore E. McCarrick, the prominent Roman Catholic cardinal who was defrocked early this year for sexual abuse, brought one of his victims, James Grein, then 30, to meet Pope John Paul II in 1988.

It was a private audience, Mr. Grein recalled as he became one of hundreds of people to begin filing lawsuits on Wednesday under the Child Victims Act. The new state law says that for one year, sexual abuse victims of any age in New York — including, crucially, those whose cases had expired under the old statute of limitations — can take legal action.

After Mr. McCarrick, then the archbishop of Newark, left the room, Mr. Grein said he knelt before the pope and revealed, in the presence of several Vatican officials, that Mr. McCarrick had been sexually abusing him since childhood.

“I told him I had been abused as a child by this man, and I need you to stop it,” said an emotional Mr. Grein, who is now 61. “He put both hands on my head, and told me he would pray for me.” read more »

I faced Larry Nassar in court. Epstein’s accusers should have had the same chance.

“We got a measure of vindication, of closure, and of justice — all things that have now been denied to Epstein’s accusers.

It’s a story that survivors know only too well. Manipulation and careful grooming. The assault. Crushing shame, helplessness, and hopelessness. And then for those who dare to report, who dare to reach for justice, there is the follow-up chapter. The next betrayal.

Sometimes, that next betrayal is from an investigator who just can’t be bothered, or is simply corrupt. Sometimes the betrayal is from a jury so steeped in cultural rape myths they can’t imagine the most horrific moments of a survivor’s life weren’t consensual. Sometimes, it’s from a judge. read more »