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Category: Sexual Assault cases

April 27, 2019
Will New York soon have a Criminal Law Prohibiting Rough Sex

By Michael H. Joseph

New York State has pending that may prohibit rough activity during consensual sex. The law was  introduced in response to allegations of violent behavior of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman toward women with whom he had sexual relationships that would make those actions eligible for criminal penalties and even jail. The bill would add a definition of criminal sexual harassment to the state’s penal code, which would define the charge as a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to nearly a year in jail. It was inspired by the alleged acts of AG Schneiderman, who was accused of… Read More

February 20, 2019
Child Victims Act—A Central Part of Governor’s 2019 Justice Agenda

By Michael H. Joseph

On February 15, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo fulfilled his promise to sign the Child Victims Act, a key component of his 2019 Justice Agenda, within the first 100 days of the new legislative session. The legislation ensures those who abuse children are held accountable criminally and civilly and that survivors of childhood sexual abuse have a path to justice. Our New York sexual assault attorneys know how unfair New York’s statute of limitations can be to victims of sexual abuse. The old laws allowed sexual predators to escape civil consequences of their actions and provided a shield to those… Read More

January 8, 2019
Weinstein Sex Trafficking Charges Survive Motion to Dismiss

By Michael H. Joseph

Harvey Weinstein must face charges of violating sex trafficking laws filed by a British actress who says the former movie producer invited her to a hotel room in France before sexually assaulting her, a US judge has ruled. Mr. Weinstein is also facing criminal rape and sexual misconduct charges in Manhattan over allegations made by three other women. Those charges are separate from the lawsuit filed by Ms. Noble.  Mr Weinstein has denied ever having non-consensual sex during his time working as a movie producer. The Manhattan judge denied Mr. Weinstein’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, which was filed last year by… Read More

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