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New Sexual Abuse Charges Arise as New Jersey Child Victims Act Goes into Effect

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The New Jersey Child Victims Act recently went effect. The law not only opens a two-year period for individuals in New Jersey to file child abuse/sexual assault claims against institutions and individuals; even if those claims were already dismissed because they were late; but also expands the statute of limitations for victims to bring… Read More »


New York’s New Sex Abuse Law Brings Forth Hundreds of New Allegations

By Phillip J. Murphy |

New York’s new sex abuse law has already brought forth hundreds of new lawsuits brought by victims seeking to use the legal system to address the damage done, even if it was many years before. The law – the New York Child Victims Act – created a one-year period whereby victims could come forth… Read More »


U.S. Defense Department Announces That It Will Make Sexual Harassment a Crime

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 2, the Defense Department announced that it will now make sexual harassment a criminal offense in an effort to stop the scourge of sexual assault and abuse that has been reported within the department. Department of Defense Definitions In the military,sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual approaches directed towards a coworker… Read More »


New York Employers Face Strict New Sexual Harassment Laws

By Phillip J. Murphy |

In response to the transformation that the #MeToo movement has had in our society and on workplace culture, New York and New York City passed what many are referring to the country’s most stringent workplace sexual harassment laws, which went into effect on October 9. Both the city and state regulations require employers to… Read More »


New Jersey Supreme Court Bars Retroactive Application Of Megan’s Law Amendment

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On May 30th, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that an amendment to Megan’s Law enhancing penalties for sex offenders who violate parole requirements was unenforceable and violated both state and federal constitutions. In doing so, the court vacated the convicts’ third-degree convictions for parole violations after four offenders had committed minor violations of… Read More »


Breakdown Of Allegations Against New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Sexual assault and physical abuse allegations against New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman have been all over the news of late. As a result, Schneiderman ultimately decided to resign, noting that they would prevent his ability to continue to lead the New York office. Many remain shocked, particularly given that Schneiderman was a… Read More »


Will Sexual Assault Cases Ever Be The Same After The #MeToo Movement?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The most recent trial against Bill Cosby for sexual assault has many speculating that trials like these are now forever changed since the onset of the #MeToo movement. Many are now commenting that changing cultural perspectives are now affecting courtroom procedures, such as admissibility of evidence. While the first jury to weigh whether Cosby… Read More »


New Jersey Supreme Court Decides Juveniles Convicted Of Sex Offenses Do Not Have To Stay On Sex Offender Registry Forever

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On April 24th, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that juveniles can no longer be placed on the state’s sex offender registry for life. The Court found that his mandate under Megan’s law violates juveniles’ due process rights under the state constitution. This will inevitably affect thousands of people in New Jersey, who have… Read More »


Yale Rape Verdict Shows Differing Standards For Consent In Criminal Courtrooms Versus Campus Panels

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The trial against the Yale student accused of rape has been in the headlines of late, especially when the jury returned a verdict of not guilty on March 7th, after less than three hours of deliberations. The message received from the trial was loud and clear: prosecuting sex crimes in a court of law… Read More »


The New Push To Expand New York’s Childhood Sexual Assault Law

By Phillip J. Murphy |

As recently reported by the New York Times, there is a new push to expand New York’s childhood sex assault law. Under the current law in New York, victims of childhood sexual abuse have until they reach the age of 21 to sue the facility where the sexual abuse occurred and age 23 to… Read More »

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