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Empowerment: spotlighting, holding sex abusers accountable

It is sad, though hardly surprising, that sexual abuse victims in California and nationally often fear coming forward to demand accountability and justice in the wake of crimes committed against them. Victims are often young and vulnerable when perpetrators act. Sexual criminals rely upon that fact and the likelihood that it will breed continued silence rather than a public accusation.

There is frequently a stark imbalance in the forced interaction between sexual abuse victims and offenders. We prominently note that on our website at the established victims’ advocacy law firm of J. Lewis & Associates in Riverside. We stress therein that abuse is often inflicted by “individuals in a position of power.”

Domestic abuse doesn’t always lead to bruises

People have a specific perception of domestic abuse. They assume it’s a weak wife or girlfriend who is the victim of physical violence from their partner. They picture bruises across her face and a timid personality.

However, it’s only one image of domestic abuse. Victims may be strong, independent men or women; they could hide the physical signs or shield people away from the true nature of their relationship.

Legislation seeks to save lives by slowing down trucks

For most smaller vehicles, changing highway speed limits doesn’t seem like it would make a big difference in either safety or convenience. But for large trucks like those that traverse California and interstate highways, a change in speed could mean the difference between safe travel and a deadly truck accident.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, semi-trucks often weigh 20-30 times more than regular passenger vehicles. As such, they require much more time and distance to come to a stop in an emergency. The faster they travel, the longer that stopping distance becomes. Therefore, limiting truck speeds on the highway could greatly reduce the number of fatal accidents.

Accidental pool drowning a major risk at this time of year

Backyard pools are a staple of many Southern California homes. And while California’s climate allows for swimming all year, summer is an especially attractive time to be in the pool. Sadly, this time of year is also associated with a higher risk of child drownings.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were about 363 drowning deaths annually from 2014 through 2016. All victims included in these statistics were under the age of 15, and nearly three in every four victims were under age five.

How to protect yourself from workplace retaliation

According to Edison Research, one in five employees have been the target of sexual harassment in the workplace. Employees today are encouraged to report this behavior in the workplace, but not everyone does. People often fear that the repercussions of reporting the harassment could have a negative impact on their career.

After you have filed a complaint against your employer for sexual harassment, you may be concerned about retaliation. If your employer attempts to punish you in any way, after you filed a complaint, it is considered retaliation. 75% of employees who reported workplace mistreatment faced retaliation.

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