Study Sheds New Light on Sexual Assault Risks

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A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault.

A new study conducted by the University of Iowa finds that girls from affluent families are much less likely to be subjected to sexual assault. In fact, the research found very significant declines in assault rates with an increase in income levels.

The study focused on 1,000 girls below the age of 17, and examined the incidence of sexual assault among these girls. These girls came from a cross section of income levels. The study found that girls, who came from affluent families, were less likely to be sexually assaulted. When income levels touched approximately $92,000 for a four person family, the risk of being sexually assaulted dropped by more than 50%.

The research was published recently in the International Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. The researchers found that the risk of assault for girls between the ages of 4 and 17 dropped from 5.3 to 5.6%, once the household income reached 400% of the poverty threshold. That translates into an income of approximately $ 92,000 per annum.

The research also confirmed earlier findings that girls who had educated mothers with at least a high school level of education, had a lower risk of being subjected to sexual assault. A solid family background, with the presence of both parents in the girl’s lives during early childhood also translated into a lower risk of sexual assault. Girls, whose biological parents were present in their lives from the time they were born to the age of one, had a lower risk of sexual assault.

Sexual assault is a nationwide problem, and according to the study, as many as one in 10 girls suffers sexual assault. Sexual assault is different from sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is much more common, and it is believed that as many as one in five girls are subject to abuse. Abuse refers to inappropriate behavior that can include everything from pressure for sex to voyeurism.

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San Diego to Settle Sexual Assault Lawsuit Involving Police Officer

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The San Diego City Council has agreed to pay close to $800,000 to settle a sexual battery lawsuit filed by a woman, who was subjected to sexual assault by a police officer.

The San Diego City Council has agreed to pay close to $800,000 to settle a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a woman, who was subjected to sexual assault by a police officer. The lawsuit alleged that the officer asked her for sexual favors after pulling her over for traffic violations.

The officer, Anthony Arevalos is at the center of a massive sexual assault and battery scandal at the San Diego Police Department. The scandal involves the officer pulling over women for supposed traffic violations, and then proceeding to demand sexual favors.

Last year, Arevalos was convicted of stopping at least eight women, and pulling them over for supposed traffic violations before proceeding to demand sexual favors from them. He was convicted of several charges including sexual battery, and other charges. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

One of the women, who says that she was pulled over by Anthony Arevalos and then sexually assaulted in this manner, proceeded to file a civil lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department.   Since the scandal broke, Arevalos has been fired by the Police Department. He was a veteran officer of the force.

In most of the charges against Anthony Arevalos, the women alleged that the officer pulled them over, and then committed various forms of sexual misbehavior. In one case, he asked a woman to remove her underwear, and touched her genitals, and in other cases, he made inappropriate comments about the women. According to the charges against him, he specifically focused on young female drivers.

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Lawsuit against Church Alleges Sexual Abuse

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A lawsuit filed in Atlanta against a denominational church alleges that church officials frequently abused children, and then conspired with their superiors, in order to cover these acts.

A lawsuit filed in Atlanta against a denominational church alleges that church officials frequently abused children, and then conspired with their superiors, in order to cover these acts.

California sexual abuse lawyers are not unfamiliar with cases of sexual abuse filed against Catholic priests, but this lawsuit is filed against the Louisville-based Sovereign Grace Ministries.  The lawsuit names the former chairman of the denomination, who recently resigned.

Two of the plaintiffs named in the lawsuit, allege that John Loftness repeatedly subjected them to physical as well as sexual abuse when they were younger.  The abuse occurred several decades ago. In all, there are 11 plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The lawsuit also names several other plaintiffs, under pseudonyms, and at least one of these alleges that when he reported to Loftness that he was abused by a male church member, Loftness asked him to reenact the molestation, and then asked him to meet with the molester and forgive him.

The lawsuit is an expanded version of one that was filed last year.  The lawsuit is seeking class-action status, and it accuses the denomination of undertaking a systematic cover-up of all abuse at the church.

The lawsuit makes horrific allegations, alleging that adult male members frequently abused young children, and then conspired to cover the crimes.  The abuse was conducted at school buildings, church buildings, church retreats and other church-related events.

Loftness insists that all these allegations are baseless, and that he has never physically or sexually abused anyone.

Some of the allegations that are being made are horrific.  Some of the members of the Sovereign Grace Ministries, according to the lawsuit, raped young girls, and penetrated them with foreign objects.  There are also allegations of gang rape, including at least one at a church retreat.

 

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Sexual Abuse Exposes Girls to Risk of Teen Pregnancy

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Girls who are sexually abused have a much higher rate of teen pregnancy. In fact, according to a new study, the rate of teen motherhood among these girls is almost 5 times the national rate.

Girls who are sexually abused have a much higher rate of teen pregnancy.  In fact, according to a new study, the rate of teen motherhood among these girls is almost 5 times the national rate.  This fact clearly underscores to sexual abuse attorneys the long-term repercussions of such trauma.

According to a study conducted by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and published recently in the journal Pediatrics, teenage childbirth rates are approximately 20% for teenagers who have been abused or neglected.  In contrast, the national teenage childbirth rate is just about 4%.

According to the researchers, teenagers who have been subjected to sexual abuse may have very different approaches to or perspectives on sexuality and sexual behavior, that can be a direct result of their traumatic sexual experience.

The researchers studied 20 teenagers between the age of 14 and 17, and monitored them until the girls reached the age of 19.  During this time, they assessed possible teen pregnancy and motherhood risks.  Approximately 50% of the teenagers had been sourced from child protective services agencies, and had been subjected to abuse and neglect over the past 12 months.  The other 50% consisted of comparison teenagers, who were similar to the others in terms of age, minority status, income and household status, but were not subjected to neglect or abuse.

The researchers found that 54 of the girls who had been abused or neglected had children with a childbirth rate of 20.3%.  In the comparison group, 16 had children, a rate of 9.4%.

This study clearly proves the long-term emotional and psychological outcomes of childhood sexual abuse among teenage girls.  Unfortunately, sexual abuse lawyers find that most children are abused not by strangers, but by people they know like teachers, coaches, and clergymen.

 

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