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McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips Files Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Against SBC

McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, has filed two lawsuits against the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the Northside Baptist Church, and former youth pastor Michael D’Attoma on behalf of our clients, “Jane Doe One” and “Jane Doe Two.” The lawsuits seek damages from all parties for the abuse our client…

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Talk to Your Kids About the Dangers of Online Sex Predators

A recent sting operation in St. Paul, Minnesota underscores the nationwide problem of online sex trafficking. Although sex trafficking historically occurs as a physical interaction, as the internet and messaging apps evolve, so do opportunities for sex predators to find victims. The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines sex trafficking as “the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision,…

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As Churches Reckon With Sex Abuse, What Happens to the Victims?

Many people and families put their faith and trust in the church and other religious institutions. Sadly, and more often than we realize, those institutions let them down in the most devastating ways. When religious leaders take advantage of their authority and use that power to commit sexual abuse within the church, they must be…

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Three Women Allege Sexual Assault by Parole Officer in Aiken County

A recent lawsuit filed by three Aiken County women alleges their parole officer repeatedly sexually assaulted them over a period of two years while they were under the supervision of the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS). The women, referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe-1, Doe-2 and Doe-3, were…

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Seven Former Paperboys Sue Newspaper for Sexual Abuse

Two former paperboys for a Gannett-owned newspaper in Rochester, NY have filed lawsuits alleging the paper and its parent company failed to protect them against a sexual predator on staff. This brings the total number of complaints against the publication (so far) to seven. The lawsuits, filed in September by two Rochester-area men, claim that…

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Federal Human and Sex Trafficking Laws – What You Need to Know

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is recognized by the United Nations as a violation of human rights. Trafficking in any form is reprehensible. The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines sex trafficking as “a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform commercial sex through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Minors under the…

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Who Are Mandated Reporters in South Carolina?

A mandated reporter is a person required by law to report suspected or known cases of child abuse or neglect. Typically, mandated reporters have contact with children through their employment (like teachers or social workers). Reporters are legally obligated to report instances of abuse to child welfare or local law enforcement. The South Carolina Department…

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