California Law Opens 3-Year Window for Child Sexual Assault Lawsuits

California just passed a new law opening a three-year window for child sexual assault lawsuits. Starting January 1, 2020, child sexual assault survivors have three years to sue their abusers or organizations that allowed the abuse. This “lookback window” is part of a new statute of limitations for child abuse. Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly […]

Mercy Corps Mishandled Past Sex Abuse Allegations, Board Member Resigns

Global non-governmental humanitarian aid organization, Mercy Corps, finds itself at the front of recent headlines as they confirm that long-time board member Robert Newell has resigned amid an investigation into past sexual abuse allegations. It was brought to the attention of several journalists that Mercy Corps had mishandled sensitive information surrounding sexual abuse allegations against […]

Teen Raped at Graduation Party Sues Attacker and Parent who Furnished Alcohol

A recent 1.04-million-dollar lawsuit was filed in Jackson County on behalf of an Oregon teen who was raped at her high school graduation party. The lawsuit names both the alleged attacker, Joseph Moeller, as well as Julene Erskine, a 62-year-old woman who furnished alcohol for teens at the graduation party. At the time of the […]

BSA at Tipping Point on Sexual Abuse in Boy Scouts

There is no doubt about it: The Boy Scouts are in crisis. Boy Scouts of America is facing hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, potential reorganization in bankruptcy, declining membership, and the basic question of whether the organization is still relevant. What does it mean to be a Scout? For parents and youth today, is it […]

Mark Laverdure Convicted for Sex Crimes Against 5 Girls

Article adapted from KOIN6 News. Mark Alan Laverdure was indicted in 2017 by a grand jury for 27 counts of sex crimes against children dating back to 2003.  He was charged with 21 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of using a child in the display of […]

Victim of Mark Laverdure, Convicted Child Sex Offender, Sues Native American Youth and Family Center for Child Abuse

  VICTIM OF MARK LAVERDURE, CONVICTED CHILD SEX OFFENDER, SUES NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER FOR CHILD ABUSE In a lawsuit filed today in Multnomah County, a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted as a teenager by Mark Laverdure when she was a student at the Early College Academy (now known as Many Nations […]

Boy Scout Sex Abuse Lawsuit Names Former US Congressman Gary Ackerman

A new lawsuit names former U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman as a child molester. The new Boy Scout sex abuse case alleges that Ackerman sexually abused a boy at a Boy Scout camp in in 1966 in New York state. Ackerman was born November 19, 1942 and was serving as a Democrat member of the US […]

Boy Scouts Sex Abuse Claims: Will SOL Windows or BSA Bankruptcy Help?

Boy Scouts sex abuse is in the news. Hundreds of men hoping to sue the Boy Scouts of America over alleged sexual abuse are coming forward for the first time. They are coming forward now, as adults, because the Boy Scouts have been talking about filing for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy does mean the Boy Scouts would […]

Ashley Vaughn Awarded Public Justice Award

Dumas & Vaughn partner Ashley Vaughn was recently awarded the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  This prestigious award is only awarded once a year.  Ashley received the award as one of a group of four female attorneys who represented women who had been sexually harassed at the Oregon […]

Army Captain and Former Boy Scout Leader Awaits Extradition to Washington to Face More Sex Abuse Charges

Already convicted of seven counts of child sex abuse in Virginia, former Army Captain and Boy Scout leader Robert Sypole is awaiting extradition to the state of Washington where he faces more sex abuse charges, including the alleged rape of his step-brother who committed suicide in 2017.  Garrett Sypole was 17 years old when he […]

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