Frank Lamothe

How Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Survivors Can Hold Their Perpetrators Accountable in Louisiana

An independent investigation into the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has revealed that the SBC protected affiliated ministers and executives accused of sexual abuse by church members over the past two decades. It further discovered that the SBC was hostile toward sexual abuse survivors and their supporters, even though the organization had been tracking incidents within… Read More

Child Sexual Abuse: Signs to Look for in Young Children

In 2017, 637 cases of child sexual abuse were reported to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)—in addition to nearly 10,000 reports of child neglect and 2,000 reports of physical abuse. While those numbers are staggering, reporting abuse is the best way to help protect children from abusers. Many Louisiana workers are… Read More

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act allows qualified injured workers to receive federal workers’ compensation type benefits for their injuries without regard to fault. The compensation is more limited than that allowed under the Jones Act. This means if you are injured on a fixed platform in the Gulf of Mexico, you have a… Read More

Maritime – What Are My Rights Under the Jones Act?

The Jones Act is a law enacted by Congress that provides protection to persons (“seamen”) who are members of the crew of a vessel. The Jones Act applies to inland river workers as well as offshore workers who work on a jack-up rig, semi-submersible, barge, drill ship, tug / towboat, crew boat , drill ship,… Read More

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2022 marks the official 21st anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). There is an epidemic of sexual abuse in our country. Statistics reported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reveal that each year in the U.S., more than 433,648 people – male and female – are sexually assaulted or raped…. Read More

Closing the Law Enforcement Consent Loophole Act

“Congress Has Closed The Loophole That Allowed Federal Officers To Claim Sex With A Detainee Is Consensual”, reported by Albert Samaha, Buzzfeed News. The bipartisan legislation, passed last week, makes it a crime for a federal law enforcement officer to engage in any sexual act with someone in custody, or while exercising their authority, regardless… Read More

The End of Forced Arbitration of Sexual Misconduct Cases

UPDATED: March 3, 2022 Last February, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate overwhelmingly passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act. President Biden signed this significant legislation into law on March 2, 2022, officially banning forced arbitration for sexual misconduct cases and allowing sexual assault and… Read More

Understanding the R. Kelly Guilty Verdict

On September 27, 2021, a federal jury in New York found Robert Kelly guilty of one count of racketeering and eight violations of the Mann Act, a federal anti-sex-trafficking law. He faces the possibility of ten years to life in prison. The verdict comes after a six-week trial, in which multiple witnesses testified about a… Read More

If You Were Raped, You Still Have a Voice

Every 68 seconds, an individual in the US is sexually assaulted. Survivors of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse are individuals of all ages, races, genders, and economic backgrounds. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, reports that one in six American women and one in 33 American men… Read More

The Catholic Church and the Art of the Coverup

Richard Windman, the President of Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse, wrote this interesting article, The Catholic Church and the Art of the Coverup, recently featured in the Big Easy Magazine. As a survivor who came forward publicly about his own abuse as a child at the hands of employees at Jesuit High School in New… Read More

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