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March 10, 2020

How and When to Make a Sexual Abuse Claim Against a Church

The number of sexual abuse allegations against religious institutions has increased significantly over the past few years. In many cases, sexual abuse victims know and trust the perpetrator, but are too young to act against them. As states extend the...

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February 13, 2020

Sexual Abuse of Boy Scouts

The law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. has represented dozens of courageous individuals who survived sexual abuse at the hands of Boy Scouts of America troop leaders, volunteers, and staff, including two of the most notorious predators—Thomas Hacker...

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February 1, 2020

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

As trial lawyers we have seen many shocking cases which have resulted in severe injuries, but none more revolting than sexual abuse of the innocent and helpless. Elderly or mentally ill nursing home residents are easy prey for sexual predators...

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February 1, 2020

Sexual Abuse by Priests and Church Officials

Abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests, brothers, or other church officials is physically and emotionally devastating. In these cases the victims put their trust and faith in a member of the clergy only to be exploited sexually and left...

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November 14, 2019

An Illinois grand jury has formally indicted a Boy Scout troop leader, 79-year-old Milton Forsberg, with child pornography trafficking charges.

Grand jury indicts former Boy Scout troop leader on child porn charges (wandtv.com) Topics: Champaign, child pornography, boy scout, Boy Scout troop leader, nudist colony, sworn affidavit, Boy scouts of america, Boy Scout programs A grand jury has formally indicted...

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April 27, 2015

Why Did the Joliet Diocese Allow Child Abusers to be Ordained?

Over the span of 20 years, priests ordained by the Joliet Diocese allegedly abused many boys involved in church programs from the 1960s through 1980s. The Joliet Diocese knew about priests abusing children well before they did anything to protect...

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January 22, 2015

Hurley McKenna & Mertz Files Two Separate Lawsuits Involving Seven Total Sexual Abuse Victims in Illinois

Earlier this week, [[title]] filed lawsuits against Chicago Presbytery on behalf of seven men sexually abused by Presbyterian minister Douglas Mason in the early ‘80s and ‘90s. The two separately-filed lawsuits follow an earlier lawsuit that was settled in 2007...

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