Sexual Abuse Claims Blog

McKiggan Hebert’s Sexual Abuse Claims Blog has news, cases and commentary about sexual abuse claims including child safety and prevention of child abuse, sexual abuse by clergy and priests, doctor sexual abuse, elder and nursing home abuse, sexual abuse by teachers, Residential School claims, and the statute of limitations in abuse claims.

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Canon 6 of the Council of Trent states that – ‘If any one saith, that it is not in man’s power to make his ways evil, but that the works that are evil God worketh as well as those that are good, not permissively only, but properly, and of Himself, in such wise that the treason of Judas is no less His own proper work than the vocation of Paul; let him be anathema.’ What…
Our experiences play a big role in shaping our mental health and well-being throughout our lives. Sexual abuse, during childhood or adulthood can leave mental scars that can remain with us for a very long time, affecting how we interact with the world around us. Recently, Provincial governments across Canada have made a push to ensure that survivors of sexual abuse have more access to justice without having their claims barred because they were unwilling,…
You may have heard the term “duty to report” as it pertains to teachers, professors and others who work with minors having a legal obligation to report suspected abuse to the proper authorities in a timely manner. But you may be surprised to learn that, according to the Children and Family Services Act (CFSA), every single person in the province of Nova Scotia has a legal obligation to report concerns of abuse or neglect…
Pope Francis recently issued “sweeping new sex abuse legislation” intended to hold Vatican personnel and diplomats accountable for allegations of sexual abuse by mandating the immediate reporting of said allegations to Vatican prosecutors. The changes were issued in the form of a 12-part Apostolic Letter, marking the first time the Vatican has made reporting requirements a law under the penalty of police intervention, fines and possible jail time if members of the Church…
In a recent news conference aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis admitted for the first time that the Roman Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops. Francis acknowledged “there have been priests and bishops” who have committed sexual abuse against nuns, and that “it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realize it that it stops.” He said the church needed to do more. This comes…
According to the 2016 census, Canada’s senior population (age 65+) outnumbered children for the first time since Confederation. While much public attention has been paid to the scourge of childhood abuse, it’s important to remember that Canada’s seniors are at as high of a risk of being sexually abused as the rest of the population. The vulnerability of some seniors is aggravated by the fact that some seniors live away from their loved ones…
In December it was reported that Australian Cardinal George Pell has been convicted of five criminal charges of sexual assault involving two boys at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne Australia in the 1990’s. There is very little information about the trial available publically because the Australian court took the unusual step of issuing a “super injunction” which prohibited all media in Australia from reporting on the trial. This is actually Pell’s second trial on the…
While the majority of adults working in schools across Canada are unequivocally dedicated to making schools a safe, positive environment for children, there are those who seek to use their position of power for more nefarious purposes. Tragically some teachers have used the positions of trust and authority to abuse the children in their care. The survivors of childhood teacher sexual abuse, often carrying the burden and shame of these encounters for the rest…
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States has dominated headlines in the last week due to allegations of sexual assault brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford. Even as Kavanaugh vehemently denies the allegations made against him, and President Trump openly mocks her allegations, what makes her heroic testimony so important for survivors of sexual assault in Canada and beyond? Ford’s willingness to come forward and break her silence
The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States has dominated headlines in the last week due to allegations of sexual assault brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford. Even as Kavanaugh vehemently denies the allegations made against him, and President Trump openly mocks her allegations, what makes her heroic testimony so important for survivors of sexual assault in Canada and beyond? Ford’s willingness to come forward and break her silence