Sexual Assault:  Uber & Lyft 

In the past few years, thousands of riders and drivers of Uber and Lyft have fallen victim to harassment, unwanted physical contact, indecent exposure, sexual assault, and rape. According to the New York Times, Uber recorded 2,936 sexual assaults in 2017, and that number grew to exceed 3,000 in 2018. The reported sexual assaults included allegations ranging from unwanted kissing to nonconsensual touching of someone’s genitals,…

Civil Lawsuits – Sexual Abuse and Schools 

Sexual violence reports at schools are drastically rising.  From the 2015-16 school year to the 2017-18 school year, schools reported a 55-percent increase in sexual violence. Each year, students are sexually assaulted by other students and teachers. In certain situations, schools can be held liable for sexual abuse that occurs on their property or by one of their teachers/employees.  This…

Sexual Abuse Crisis Centers

At Monsees & Mayer, P.C. our practice involves helping victims of sexual abuse.   Our clients must share the most difficult experiences of their lives with us therefore, we wanted to make sure we did everything we could to make them feel safe and secure.  We recently underwent trauma-informed training to help us better understand what…

Monsees & Mayer Is Trauma Trained!

Thanks to Victoria Pickering (Director of Advocacy) & Tyler Lumpkin (Coordinator of Education) from MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault), we took our commitment to helping victims and survivors of sexual abuse to a new level. To improve the work we do with survivors on a regular basis, we needed to make sure our…

How to Practice Trauma-Informed Communication

With guidance from MOCSA, here are some ways to best interact with survivors of sexual abuse. What is Trauma-Informed communication? Trauma-Informed communication is an approach to, and understanding of, successful engagement with survivors of trauma as they navigate these difficult times. It also involves understanding the impact of trauma on physical, emotional, and mental health…

Troubled Teen Industry

The “Troubled Teen Industry” is an industry made up of facilities designed to reform young people’s behavior into something more desirable. They include behavior modification facilities, wilderness therapy, boot camps, “tough-love” facilities, and more. Offending behavior could be disobeying their parents, drug use, or playing too many video games. Parents who feel as though they…

Sexual Abuse and the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been teaching wilderness survival and leadership skills to young men and women since 1910. However, the organization is now facing bankruptcy after recent changes to statute-of-limitations laws allowed many sexual assault victims to come forward and make a claim. Who is Eligible to Make a Claim? The Boy…