Break the Cycle believes teen victims of dating violence deserve the same legal protections that adult victims of domestic abuse receive.
Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.
Unfortunately, teens often face overwhelming obstacles to these basic legal protections, many of which are written into their states' laws.
The Report Cards survey the civil domestic violence protection order laws of all fifty states and the District of Columbia, assessing their impact on teens seeking protection from abusive relationships.
Here are the highlights from the 2010 State Law Report Cards: Thank you to the attorneys of Latham and Watkins, LLP and the University of Minnesota researchers who generously gave their time to this project.
After a few years off, Break the Cycle is back to work updating the State Law Report Cards. Obviously, some states have changed their laws since we published the 2010 State Law Report Cards.
ILLINOIS WAND By: Doug Wolfe Lincoln – A man abused by a priest at Holy Family Parish in Lincoln in the 1990’s will have his day in court.
Monsignor Norman Goodman was a pedophile that abused children at the church over several years.
A lawyer for one victim says the Diocese of Peoria turned a “blind eye” to that ongoing abuse.
“It was sexual assault, battery, that sort of thing,” attorney Jonathan Nessler told I-TEAM reporter Doug Wolfe at his Springfield office.
“Reverend Goodman was a very bad man.” The diocese has previously settled lawsuits connected to abuse by Goodman involving at least 13 people.
Bishop Daniel Jenky has ousted several priests accused of abuse.
Last week the 3rd District Appellate Court held a lawsuit filed against the diocese was improperly dismissed on the grounds the statute of limitations expired in the 1990’s.
The victim, now 37, did not remember the abuse, repressing the memory of what happened until 2011, filing suit in 2012.