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Erin’s Law

The New Jersey Senate recently passed legislation that would incorporate mandatory sex abuse education in New Jersey school curricula. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco, is named after a childhood sexual abuse survivor. If signed by the governor, Erin’s Law would require New Jersey schools to incorporate sexual abuse awareness and prevention education for children in preschool through grade 12.

What is Erin’s Law?

Erin’s Law would educate children on subjects such as what constitutes inappropriate touching and when to tell an adult about it. The survivor states that had she been properly educated on personal body safety when she was a child, she would have been more likely to report being sexually abused. She hopes that through awareness and education, children will be empowered to use their voice, should anything inappropriate occur.

She also notes that the emphasis on “stranger danger” is misplaced; children are abused by someone they know 93 percent of the time.

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Wide Turn Truck Accidents

The size of commercial trucks requires them to make wide turns, which can cause truck drivers to lose sight of passenger cars and pedestrians in adjacent lanes. Failing to judge the correct amount of space needed to make wide turns can result in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. Unfortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and commercial fleet owners try to place the blame on the drivers in passenger vehicles. Victims often face difficulty proving liability for truck accidents as truck drivers try to claim contributory negligence.

The sheer size of commercial trucks makes turns challenging and requires the skills of a well trained and experienced truck driver. Trucks making wide turns in a congested intersection, on a city block, or even into a loading zone or parking lot entrance can be dangerous and cause serious injury if a passenger vehicle or pedestrian gets caught in the path of the truck.

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Former New Jersey Priest Appears on New Mexico List of Alleged Abusers

A former New Jersey priest appeared on the recently released New Mexico list of credibly accused abusers. The Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico added the priest who was removed from the priesthood back in 2002 for sexual abuse allegations while he served in the Camden, New Jersey diocese to the list. He served at St. Anthony of Padua in Hammonton, New Jersey from 1979 to 1981, and a woman filed a suit against him in 2012 for several alleged assaults in 1980 and 1981 when she was in the fifth grade at the parish’s school. From October 1981 to January 1982, the priest served at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Page, Arizona, and church officials claim they had no knowledge of alleged sexual abuse while he was in Arizona. In addition to the New Mexico list, he appeared on the New Jersey list of credibly accused priests that surfaced in January.

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