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Most sexual assaults go unreported to police

The statistics are disturbing. The nonprofit organization Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) says that every 73 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. Each year, more than 433,000 people, age 12 or older, are victims of rape or other types of sexual violence.

RAINN says one out of every six women in the U.S. is likely to be the victim of a completed or attempted rape in their lifetime, and more than two-thirds of all victims range in age from 12 to 34. Women also account for nearly 90% of all rape survivors.

Former coach gets 24 years for sexually abusing figure skater

A former Minnesota figure skating coach received a 24-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting one of his skaters from when she was age 14 to 16. Thomas Incantalupo, 48, pleaded guilty in June to two counts of criminal sexual misconduct. He will have to serve a minimum of 16 years in prison.

Incantalupo had been a long-time figure skating coach in the Twin Cities. The survivor’s lawyer said that her client, now 18, showed tremendous courage in making a witness impact statement. She said while Incantalupo can no longer hurt other children, many more young skaters remain at risk.

Lawsuit claims Boy Scouts failed to report sexual predators

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) faces new charges that it failed to report hundreds of sexual abuse cases. A lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania in August states the plaintiff in the case, known only as S.D. to protect his privacy, was assaulted hundreds of times by a scout leader during a four-year period in the 1970s.

The lawsuit says the BSA was negligent for allowing the abuse to happen and that the group conspired to keep sexual assault incidents secret. The suit also charges the organization and several others with “reckless misconduct” in failing to keep children safe.

Injured railroad workers can look to the FELA for help

Railroad work is among the most dangerous ways to earn a living, and injuries are not uncommon. Some are life-changing, and the injured party will require ongoing care.

If you are a railroad employee injured on the job, what are your next steps, and how can FELA help?

Prepare children for these Halloween hazards

With fall around the corner, Halloween will soon be here. This night of fright and fun can easily turn into a real-life horror story, though, if you do not take proper precautions. Children are at a high risk of pedestrian accidents in general, reports the CDC. Furthermore, trick-or-treating makes walking twice as dangerous as any other day, reveals the National Safety Council.

Here are some common hazards on Halloween and how you can keep your children (and others) safe.

Sexual assault during a spa massage: seeking justice

Two women sexually assaulted by a masseur while at a high-profile spa are one step closer to receiving justice after a recent guilty plea. According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 41-year-old Kamren Holbert was accused of touching the genitals of two clients to whom he was giving massages while working for the Four Seasons Spa and Salon in St. Louis.

He pleaded guilty in February of 2019 and was sentenced to 120 days in jail followed by probation—a small victory for the survivors of his assault. Criminal charges, however, are not the only option for holding those responsible accountable. Victims also have the option of filing a civil suit.

Hands-free calling while driving: not as safe as you might think

In a previous post, we discussed the new law in Illinois that prohibits cellphone use while driving. Under the law, drivers are not allowed to do anything that involves holding their cellphone in their hand anytime they're on the road.

This law represents an important step towards encouraging more responsible and attentive driving on our streets. However, these restrictions may not go far enough.

Illinois is cracking down on distracted driving

In 2010, Illinois became one of the first states to pass a law banning texting while driving. Cellphone ownership was common, and distraction-related driving accidents had jumped accordingly.

Since then, smartphones have become more pervasive. Drivers with smartphones now have the ability—and temptation—to read emails, check social media and browse the internet, which makes checking their phones while driving irresistible.

Avoiding a dog bite: tips to teach your child

Dog is man’s best friend, so the saying goes. But a child can also develop a close bond with a dog.

Maybe you’re thinking of getting a dog for your family. Or maybe your child spends time at other homes that have dogs. Either way, it’s important to teach your child the right—and wrong—ways to interact with a dog.

Motorcycle accidents: understanding your risks and rights

Any motor vehicle accident can lead to serious injury. But in a motorcycle accident, you may be surprised to learn that your chances or a certain type of injury are especially high.

If you get into an accident on a motorcycle, the car you collide with has over a ton of protective metal to keep its driver safe. You, on the other hand, have just your helmet. Your likelihood of sustaining serious injuries that result in amputation are high.

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