Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime, especially when the perpetrator is someone in a position of trust. Priests, teachers, coaches, and Boy Scout leaders often have one-on-one access to vulnerable young people and crimes are committed.
New Jersey recently made it easier for victims of sexual abuse to file civil actions against their attackers. The recently-signed legislation extends the statute of limitations in civil actions to the victim’s age 55 or 7 years after the victims realize their abuse, whichever is later.
A chance meet-up in Puerto Rico by JetBlue flight attendants and pilots ended with sexual assault of two of the flight attendants by one pilot, according to a lawsuit recently filed in a New York federal court.
The suit also accuses JetBlue of inaction after the incident was reported last year, soon after the alleged assault occurred.
Under a bill recently signed into law, New Jersey employers cannot force workers to obey nondisclosure agreements when they settle a sexual assault, sexual harassment or discrimination claim. The support for this legislation was overwhelming in the Legislature as well as from Governor Murphy who signed it into law.
Making good on a 2018 commitment, the Roman Catholic order of priests known as the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, has released a list of 50 men from their Northeast province who have been identified in child sexual abuse allegations.