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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Giving Sex Abuse Victims More Time to Sue

New Jersey has joined New York and several other states in expanding the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. On Monday, May 13, 2019, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation easing restrictions on when childhood sexual abuse victims can seek damages in court. The impact this law will have cannot be overstated as it will finally allow sexual abuse victims in the state more time to come forward and hold their perpetrators accountable for the crimes they have committed. The Facts the Signed Legislation The New Jersey Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights allows child sexual abuse victims...

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Subway Train Drags Woman to Death in New York City

An aspiring New York actress was pulled to her death by a subway train at the Union Square station in Manhattan on early Monday morning, April 22nd. This is the second dragging death of a rider on a platform this year. The 21-year-old woman, identified by her family as Helen McDonald-Phalon, was at the Union Square station at about 3 a.m. when she was pulled underneath a southbound No. 6 train. Eyewitnesses told investigators that Ms. McDonald-Phalon appeared to be dragged by the train. She was found underneath the train with severe body trauma and pronounced dead at the...

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Jewish Summer Camps’ Response to Prevent Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a problem that lurks in almost every place and every institution, even in Jewish summer camps. In order to assist in putting an end to sexual abuse, it is time to discuss the challenge openly, explore its roots, and find ways to address it and prevent it. Camp Ramah, a large Jewish camping network, has taken a large step to preventing sexual abuse and assault on its campgrounds by taking the full-on hug off the table; Camp Ramah is training its staff to give side-hugs instead. Ramah’s decision comes as some camping networks are bolstering policies...

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The 1st Annual Gardiner Foundation Easter Egg Hunt in the Bronx Community

On April 20th, The Gardiner Foundation is hosting the 1st Annual Gardiner Foundation Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by lawyertime.com. One of the highlights of the event will be 8 grand prizes, including tablets and iPods. The event will take place at St. James Park, located at W. 192nd Street and Jerome Avenue, in the Bronx, from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. The egg hunt will be open to all participants between the ages of 4 and 8. About The Gardiner Foundation The Gardiner family turned tragedy into hope and triumph through giving back to the community after losing family...

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Bus Driver Found Guilty of Misdemeanor After Killing Man Riding Citi Bike

A bus driver who fatally struck a bicyclist in New York City was found guilty of violating New York City’s Right of Way law. He was also found guilty for failing to exercise due care and traffic violation. In June 2017, the bicyclist was pedaling to work on West 26th Street. The street had no bicycle lane, meaning bicyclists shared the road with motorists. The bus driver clearly saw the bicyclist but chose to pass him in a narrow part of the street. The bicyclist was thrown off his bike and was run over. He died at the scene....

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