Frank Lamothe

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

New Sexual Assault Advocacy Center in Louisiana

Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA) has announced a new sexual assault advocacy center in Louisiana: Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE) is provisionally accredited for Tangipahoa, Livingston and St. Helena Parishes and will serve both sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.  Their crisis line number is 888-411-1333. There are 11 other accredited sexual assault… Read More

Can a Maritime Employer Be Held Liable for Failing to Provide for Crew Safety?

For crew members and other maritime workers, tragedies like the recent capsizing of the SEACOR POWER off the Louisiana coast hit close to home. Unfortunately, many maritime and offshore catastrophes are compounded when crew members in an emergency discover safety equipment is missing, defective, or improperly maintained. Precious lost moments searching for safety gear or… Read More

Milestone Change in Louisiana Law Eliminates Deadlines for Child Sexual Abuse Survivors to Pursue Damages

A newly enacted state statute has reopened the courthouse doors for many Louisianans subjected to childhood sexual assault and abuse and removes restrictions to those who may seek justice in the future. This landmark change in the law is a massive victory for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The New Law Expands Child Sexual Assault… Read More

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