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Nursing Home Employee Arrested After Woman Gives Birth While in Vegetative State

On December 29, 2018, an Arizona woman who had been in a vegetative state for ten years unexpectedly gave birth to a baby boy. The woman was a patient at Hacienda Healthcare, a facility for people in need of long-term medical care, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Caregivers of the facility had no idea the patient was pregnant until she went into labor. Phoenix police immediately began a sexual assault investigation.

Alaska Airlines Stands Beside Captain Accused of Drugging and Raping Co-Pilot

Alaska Airlines co-pilot Betty Pina had two glasses of wine on a layover in June of 2017 brought to her by the captain she was paired with for a three-day assignment. The next thing Pina remembers is waking up in a vomit-soaked bed, naked from the waist down. Pina, realizing her and the captain had been in the same bed, found and pulled on her pants, stumbled into the bathroom and vomited again.

Lawsuit Against Cable Company for Woman Raped

The family of a 72-year-old woman with Alzheimer's is suing Charter Communications and DCOMM Inc. after the woman, who is not named in the lawsuit, was raped last year while having communications services set up in her home.

Elite US Gymnast Sues USA Gymnastics and Olympic Committee for Sexual Abuse Coverup

An elite US gymnast who was training at the Huntsville, Texas, Karolyi Ranch training center, is suing for negligence, negligent hiring, and intentional infliction of emotional distress after alleging years-long sexual abuse by the national team doctor, Larry Nassar. According to the lawsuit, the parents argue that both the US Olympic Committee (USOC) and USA Gymnastics (USAG) bear responsibility because they owed their daughter "a special duty of care" at the time the alleged assaults occurred.

Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Lawsuit

The Archdiocese of Hartford agreed to pay $500,000 to settle sexual abuse allegations against a Roman Catholic priest, Reverend Stephen Bzdyra. The victim, William Dotson, was abused by Bzdyra from 1985 to 1990. Dotson never spoke of the abuse he suffered from Bzdyra, until 2010 when he filed suit. Prior to the lawsuit, Bzdyra bribed Dotson with lavish gifts to keep him quiet. Dotson's decision to file was prompted after Bzdyra "friended" Dotson's son on Facebook.

Sexual Abuse Victim Awarded $4.5 Million from Texas I.S.D.

A young man who endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of his elementary school principal has been awarded a multimillion dollar verdict from a federal jury last week. In 2011, former elementary school Principal, Michael Alcoser, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. Alcoser's abuse of the unnamed student began in 2004, when the student was only 8 years old. Now an adult, the victim filed a lawsuit against the South San Antonio Independent School District for its failure to prevent this tragedy under Title IX of the Federal Civil Rights Act.

4 Sexual Abuse Survivors Hold Church Abuse News Conference

Four survivors of sexual abuse, including a few at the hands of St. John's Abbey monks, will be at a news conference last Thursday where lawsuits will be announced against St. John's Abbey and the Dioceses of St. Cloud in Minnesota. Two victims that previously settled lawsuits with St. John's were not at the news conference.

Church Settles Sex Abuse Cover-Up for $2.25M

Earlier this week, the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese put an end to 30 years of tribulation for Rosemary and Donald Teeman, surviving parents of Brian Teeman who took his own life in 1983 after being repeatedly sexually abused in his hometown church. At fourteen years old, Brian Teeman shot and killed himself in his parents' home. The only explanation of his death was found by his parents on a handwritten note that said, "I didn't want to be yelled at. Love, Brian." The diocese that was accused of knowing about and concealing the reported abuse settled for $2.25 million, just days before the case was set for trial.

Supreme Court Denies Remedy to Women Who Were Sexually Assaulted

Three women who were sexually assaulted by guards when they were in a substance abuse program cannot sue the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for their damages, according to a recent ruling of the Texas Supreme Court.

Suit Filed Against Evangelical Church Alleging the Church Concealed Sex Abuse

According to a report published by the Associate Press, three female plaintiffs claim in a recently filed lawsuit that an evangelical church group covered up allegations of sexual abuse against children. The suit further alleges that the church group failed to report accusations to the police and discouraged its members from cooperating with law enforcement.

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