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A San Gabriel man has been ordered to pay his daughter $1 million for the suffering she endured because he molested her as a child. Keith Arwin Stratton, 49, is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 1986 of molesting his daughter, Kristy Lee Stratton. She had turned 12 two months before the conviction. Stratton already had been convicted in 1978 of molesting Kristy's older half sister and spent four months in a psychiatric institution.
February 8, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Sarah Seltzer grew up a fan of Woody Allen movies - her parents showed her "Sleeper," "Annie Hall," and "Everyone Says I Love You" once she was old enough to get the jokes. As a 31-year-old writer living in New York, she has admired Allen's more recent work, the bittersweet "Midnight in Paris," the meaty roles for women in "Blue Jasmine. " So when the New York Times website published an open letter from Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow last week, alleging that the director sexually assaulted her at age 7, Seltzer was thrown.
December 13, 1992 | J. L. HAZELTON, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It probably isn't surprising to hear that women who were victims of incest as children are more likely to suffer disabling psychiatric problems than other women. What is surprising is that little has been documented about the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. Those were the findings of a study by Stephen Dinwiddie and Elizabeth Pribor, researchers and teachers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
September 4, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - A bill that would give some victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits narrowly passed the Assembly on Wednesday, following emotional appeals from lawmakers and nearly an hour of extended wrangling for votes. The measure, by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would lift the statute of limitations for one year to enable some abuse victims to sue private or nonprofit employers that failed to protect them from known molesters. Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley)
January 22, 1989
I write in appreciation of the article on men surviving childhood sexual abuse. I have received a substantial number of inquiries from men in many walks of life, professions and socioeconomic classes (describing abuse). It is encouraging to me to know that I am no longer alone in my childhood sexual abuse experience, yet, at the same time I ache deep inside at the lives that currently continue to silently suffer in their personal memories of emotional, physical and sexual abuses. As one individual, within one nonprofit organization called PLEA (Prevention, Leadership, Education, Assistance)
June 4, 1994
As an attorney involved in representing victims of childhood sexual abuse in civil cases for money damages against the offender, I was very interested in the outcome of the case in Napa concerning alleged false memories of childhood sexual abuse. False allegation of childhood abuse is something I take very seriously in my practice. The Times editorialized that perhaps new laws need to be enacted to ensure allegations of childhood sexual abuse are based on true events rather than implanted memories (May 22)
January 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Authors of a study that estimated about 40% of U.S. Roman Catholic nuns had experienced some form of sexual trauma say they have been overwhelmed with calls from victims and requests for information since the findings were reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Study co-author John T. Chibnall said the St. Louis University survey shows nuns experienced less childhood sexual abuse and the same adult sexual abuse as the public.
April 19, 2003 | Jean Guccione and William Lobdell, Times Staff Writers
The parents of a 36-year-old man who committed suicide last year sued the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Friday, alleging their son took his life because he suffered emotionally from childhood sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic brother. The wrongful-death suit alleges that Richard Lukasiewicz hung himself 12 hours after being admitted to a Pasadena psychiatric hospital last April, despondent over being molested as a student at John Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead.
July 12, 1991
Thank you for Robin Abcarian's "Sanctuary for a Troubled Soul," an uplifting story--beautifully written--about one woman's survival of childhood sexual abuse. Women today have so few positive role models. We generally muddle through, fixing our identities on male versions of power until an inner realization or external tragedy makes us wake up to the beauty inside us under the pain. Pat Donovan's life is a heroic journey that shows us that we can overcome horrific childhoods and that woman's true power lies within her spirituality and celebration of the feminine.
March 25, 1994 | From Associated Press
A father faced off in court Thursday against his daughter's two therapists, charging that they conned her into remembering childhood sexual abuse that never happened. The lawsuit filed by former wine company executive Gary Ramona is among the first to challenge the validity of so-called recovered memories. Some national experts say the time is right. "There are a certain number of therapists who see sexual abuse in every patient they see," said Dr.
August 21, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- After failing to muster enough support last week, a bill that would give some sex-abuse victims more time to file lawsuits advanced in an Assembly committee Wednesday. SB 131, sponsored by Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), would lift the statute of limitations for one year to enable some victims of childhood sexual abuse to sue private or nonprofit employers that failed to protect them from known molesters. The Catholic Church has fiercely lobbied against the measure, saying a flood of new suits could cripple the church economically, forcing parochial schools to close.
July 15, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council candidate and former school board member Nury Martinez on Monday said she was repeatedly sexually abused as a child, an allegation she's making public now to counter attack ads being circulated by her opponent in a July 23 special election to fill an open council seat. Martinez, 40, said she's never publicly acknowledged that starting when she was "3 or 4," she was touched inappropriately over more than a year by a man in her Van Nuys neighborhood. Feeling ashamed, Martinez said, she never told anyone about the encounters until she alerted her parents in her 20s. She also never reported the contact to police.
June 27, 2011 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" 10 p.m. June 13, ABC Episode: "Dana" The premise Dana Baker is a 44-year-old gospel singer who weighs 498 pounds. He freely admits to a regular diet of cookies, Hawaiian Punch and donuts. He sweats when putting on his shoes, gets short of breath just standing or sitting and says he takes "eight to 10 painkillers every morning just to function. " Baker's plea for help is answered by Chris Powell, the 33-year-old personal trainer who works with experts from the California Health and Longevity Institute in Westlake Village.
September 23, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Two active-duty servicemen who allege childhood sexual abuse by clergy can sue the Catholic Church despite the statute of limitations because of a federal law that stops the clock from ticking during periods of military service, a judge ruled Tuesday. The men, an Air Force pilot and a Marine identified in court papers as "John T.H. Roe" and "John Roe 67," were serving in the military during the one-year window opened in 2003 allowing clergy sex abuse lawsuits to be filed decades after the alleged abuse.
October 15, 2006 | Bettina Aptheker, BETTINA APTHEKER is a professor of feminist studies and history at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author, most recently, of "Intimate Politics: How I Grew Up Red, Fought for Free Speech, and Became a Feminist Rebel."
IT IS A LITTLE disconcerting and somewhat chilling to read reviews of my recently published memoir and see my own words quoted back to me. It is not because I don't like what I wrote, or feel shame about it. It is because I was the holder of so many family secrets, and the injunction to silence was so strong. In writing my story, I broke all of the family rules.
September 9, 2005 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church asked a federal judge Thursday to overturn a state law that opened the door to hundreds of lawsuits against the church and other institutions over childhood sexual abuse. Two California judges already have upheld the constitutionality of the 2003 California law, which suspended time limits to allow adult victims to sue institutions over their childhood sexual molestations. Arguing on behalf of the San Diego Archdiocese and an order of nuns, attorney J.
October 16, 1991
I am an attorney who represents adults who as children were sexually molested and wish to sue their offenders for civil damages. I was very interested in the article, "Unlocking the Secrets of Memory" (Oct. 3). Your readers may be interested in knowing that effective the beginning of this year, the California Legislature has recognized by statute the concept of delayed memory. Under Section 340.1 Code of Civil Procedure, a victim of childhood sexual abuse, who is now an adult, may in some circumstances sue the offender.
August 4, 1991 | Karen Stabiner
DANCING WITH DADDY by Betsy Petersen (Bantam: $19; 180 pp.). Somehow I imagine that the experience of reading "Dancing With Daddy" is like watching open-heart surgery on a stranger. It pushes the boundaries of comprehension--and all the while, you can't help but feel that what you've witnessed is too personal to be made public. Petersen certainly isn't the first, nor, sadly, will she be the last to write an autobiographical account of childhood sexual abuse.
June 30, 2005 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Marking another turn in the Roman Catholic Church's nationwide sexual abuse scandal, two Northern California dioceses Wednesday announced $45.6 million in legal settlements with dozens of alleged victims of molestation by priests. The Diocese of Sacramento will pay $35 million to 33 people who said they had been sexually abused decades ago. Leaders in the Diocese of Santa Rosa agreed to legal settlements totaling $10.6 million for nine parishioners.
January 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
Chris Witty is ready to talk about her secret. One of America's top speedskaters, Witty raced to an Olympic gold medal and world record three years ago at the Salt Lake Games. But her time of triumph came under a heavy emotional burden. As a child, Witty was sexually abused by a neighbor, a well-liked old man from her suburban Milwaukee neighborhood. It was a secret she held for 20 years. Then, just before the Olympics, she confided in her family and a team psychologist.
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