Crime Victims' Rights


Tears, Vindication and Relief: Maxwell Accusers React to Verdict

Bloomberg Equality
More than two years after the death of Jeffrey Epstein, his victims -- many of whom say they were children when they were abused by the disgraced financier -- have finally won through the conviction of his ex-girlfriend and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell. Over the past month, Epstein and Maxwell accusers have watched the trial from inside the courtroom and read about it from afar. Some have expressed anxiousness about what the 12-person jury would make of the four women who took the stand to recount their abuse, and of the efforts made by the defense to ...

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Lawyers Question Why Maxwell Jury Only Heard From Four Accusers

Bloomberg Equality
More than a hundred women have said they were abused by Jeffrey Epstein, but only four of them were called by prosecutors to testify in the sex-trafficking trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, his alleged right-hand woman. It’s a decision that lawyers who have represented some of those other women question. The jury began deliberations in the case on Monday and broke for the holidays Wednesday without reaching a verdict. They will reconvene on Dec. 27.  Robert Lewis, who represents Sarah Ransome, an Epstein victim who has attended the trial but is not testifying, ...

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Interviewing and Deposing Survivors of Sexual Crimes Who Have Intellectual Disabilities

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Individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are the most likely victims of sexual assault. To be effective advocates, attorneys must be properly trained to interview and depose this survivor population. Even before a sexual assault becomes a “case”, many reporting hurdles face these survivors: Even if these survivors are capable of making a report, their credibility may be questioned simply because of their disability.If the survivor is living exclusively with a community caregiver who may also be the perpetrator, there may be limited opportunities ...

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Man ‘fled’ to Turkey following NYC assault conviction: suit

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A man known for dating a top Ukrainian model was convicted of brutally beating another woman he met at a Manhattan bar three years ago — but then fled the US for Turkey before he could be sentenced, new court papers allege. Now, the victim is suing in Manhattan Supreme Court in an effort to bring him to justice. Norwegian architect Amanda Kjaervik filed the suit Saturday against Baran Gunes — who hails from Turkey and made headlines last year when his GQ model girlfriend was also bashed at a nightclub in his homeland. Kjaervik — who is now 29 ...

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Is Submitting a False Statement to the FISA Court a “Victimless” Crime?

The general issue of who qualifies as a "victim" under the CVRA is a foundational question for protecting "victim's" rights and thus is extremely important to the crime victims' movement. Along with victims' rights attorney James Marsh, I have filed an amicus brief in support of Dr. Page's position that he is a "victim" under the Act. My brief on behalf of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the National Center for Victims of Crime, and other leading crime victims' rights organizations explains why Dr. Page's ...

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