Tag Archives: sexual abuse

Residential Care Counselor Held Accountable for Sexual Abuse

On Friday, July 28th an Ulster County Court sentenced a 50-year-old Kington man to 46 years in prison for sexually abusing six Northeast Centre for Special Care residents. The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recommended “a significant sentence based on the defendant’s proven pattern of sexual abuse…”- Hudson Valley Post The defendant was a -->

Resident Abuse in Nursing Homes

In recent months the issues and circumstances surrounding Nursing Home abuse and neglect have finally started to receive much needed attention from government officials and the general public.  Nursing home abuse and/or elder abuse can be difficult to identify for a variety of reasons. Some types of abuse are more complex than others. The following -->

Senators aim to strip commanders’ control over sex assault cases

By Travis J. Tritten: A group of senators led by New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand will make another attempt this week to strip military commanders of the power to decide whether sexual assault cases are prosecuted. Read more here: http://www.stripes.com/news/senators-aim-to-strip-commanders-control-over-sex-assault-cases-1.411092?utm_source=Stars+and+Stripes+Emails&utm_campaign=Daily+Headlines&utm_medium=email

Military sex assault: Just 4 percent of complaints result in convictions

By Andrew Tilghman: The military received more than 6,000 reports of sexual assaults last year, but only a small fraction, about 250, led to a court-martial and conviction for a related crime, according to a new Pentagon report. Read more here: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/05/05/military-sexual-assault-complaints-result-few-convictions/83980218/

In the War against Sexual Assault, the Army Keeps Shooting Itself in the Foot

by Craig Whitlock, Washington Post: For the past two years, the Pentagon has acknowledged having a severe problem with sexual assault in the ranks. Military leaders have promised Congress, the White House and their own troops that they are redoubling efforts to protect victims and punish offenders. But those pledges­ have been undermined by a string of -->

VA handling of sex trauma claims uneven, GAO report finds

By Wyatt Olson, Stars and Stripes, Published: June 10, 2014:  Despite an overall improvement in how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles disability claims involving military sexual trauma, decisions to deny or approve such cases remain uneven across the agency’s health care system, according to a government watchdog report released Monday.  To read full article, -->

VA sued over PTSD claims related to sexual assault

By Jennifer Hlad, Stars & Stripes:  Two veterans organizations are suing the Department of Veterans Affairs in an effort to force the VA to ease the evidentiary burden veterans must meet to qualify for disability from post-traumatic stress related to military sexual assault. The Service Women’s Action Network and Vietnam Veterans of America filed suit -->