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January 16, 1994
An article in last Sunday's Sun about former schoolteacher John Merzbacher might have been interpreted as implying that Derek Rosenbach is among the former Merzbacher students who were alleged victims of sexual abuse. In fact, Mr. Rosenbach is not.The Sun regrets the error.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Nearly 400 activists are planning to stage a protest at Artscape this year and they'll be leaving their pants at home. The members of the group " No Pants, No Problem ," will be strolling through the arts festival sans pants to show support for victims of sexual assault. "I wanted to do something meaningful that spoke out against victim blaming and shaming," said Brittney-Elizabeth Williams, 27, who is organizing the protest with her sister, a burlesque performer who goes by Bunny Vishsus.
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NEWS
January 3, 1995
The Howard County Sexual Assault Center has joined America's first nationwide toll-free hot line for victims of sexual assault: 1-800-656-HOPE.The number is operated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, a Washington-based nonprofit organization.When callers dial the toll-free number, they are connected to the nearest rape crisis center.
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January 23, 2009
Change laws to bring more abusers to justice I want to thank the 7-year-old abuse survivor and her family for doing what they needed to do to make sure Michael Phillip Hein Sr. was convicted on charges of sexual abuse ("Man convicted of abuse," Jan. 10). Mr. Hein is not unlike most sexual predators; he knew exactly how to "groom" his child victims and knew to warn her not to tell anyone. We all should also be thanking the two teenage girls who witnessed Mr. Hein kissing the young victim and reported what they saw to the police.
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April 7, 1994
As part of its professional development series, the Family Life Center will present a one-day workshop, "Healing the Wound of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Adult Survivors in Therapy," with psychologist Christine A. Courtois, tomorrow at the Holiday Inn at 7900 Washington Blvd.The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will enable clinicians to increase their ability to recognize clues to a sexual-abuse history, develop therapeutic strategies, learn about issues related to delayed memory controversies and learn about the requirements for treating victims of sexual abuse.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 12, 1997
Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has announced $1.2 million in grants from the federal Violence Against Women Act that will fund 43 programs for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Maryland.The grants were announced Tuesday at the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Academy in Dundalk, where Townsend introduced a statewide sexual assault training curriculum to more than 100 law enforcement officers and victims' advocates.Those at the seminar learned the new standards for proper police response to incidents of sexual violence.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 24, 2004
A 36-year-old Arbutus man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to committing a sex offense against his stepdaughter, who is now 14, a prosecutor said. The man pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense and received a 15-year sentence, with five years suspended, from Circuit Judge Christian Kahl, said Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Sue Hazlett. The Sun does not publish names or other information that would identify victims of sexual abuse.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | August 16, 2007
The woman initially didn't want to believe her teenage son's allegations that the pastor she considered a father figure had molested him. "I asked him over and over, `Are you sure?'" she told a Baltimore County judge yesterday, "hoping he would say something that would let me escape this." Yesterday, as Gerald Fitroy Griffith pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse, the woman talked of the pain that came with betrayal. Still, some members of the Redemption Christian Fellowship Church in Woodlawn sat behind Griffith during his court hearing -- and waved to him. Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan said there could no longer be any doubt about Griffith's guilt.
NEWS
March 4, 1992
A bill that would make sexual harassment a crime in Annapolis is being rewritten by the city attorney.Alderman Carl O. Snowden, the Democrat from the city's 5th Ward who introduced the legislation, saidseveral sections are being revised.Business leaders and critics who testified against the bill last week complained that the definition of sexual harassment was too broad and other areas were too vague.Representatives of the AnnapolisHousing Authority, the city's non-profit Community Action Agency, the YWCA and the National Organization for Women showed up in support of the measure.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | September 14, 1999
A 57-year-old Towson psychologist has been charged with a third-degree sex offense and child abuse in an incident involving a former patient who was 7 years old at the time, Baltimore County police said yesterday.Leslie Peter Mandell of the 900 block of Starbit Road was released on a personal pledge with bail set at $25,000. Mandell was arrested Friday after officers served a search warrant at his office and home on Starbit Road.Police recently learned of the allegation after the child, whose name was not released, told her mother about an incident that occurred between 1992 and 1994.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,Sun reporter | April 15, 2008
The same DNA evidence that cleared a man charged with raping a 59-year-old grandmother in her Roland Park home last year has led police to charge another suspect in the attack, according to court records made public yesterday. Baltimore police charged Roger L. Ervin, 46, of the 3500 block of Dudley Ave. in Baltimore with first-degree rape, conspiracy, armed robbery, assault, burglary and handgun offenses. The Aug. 23 attack that provoked fear in the small subdivision of Tuxedo Park occurred after police said two men followed the victim home from shopping, burst into her home, threatened her with guns and demanded money.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | August 16, 2007
The woman initially didn't want to believe her teenage son's allegations that the pastor she considered a father figure had molested him. "I asked him over and over, `Are you sure?'" she told a Baltimore County judge yesterday, "hoping he would say something that would let me escape this." Yesterday, as Gerald Fitroy Griffith pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse, the woman talked of the pain that came with betrayal. Still, some members of the Redemption Christian Fellowship Church in Woodlawn sat behind Griffith during his court hearing -- and waved to him. Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan said there could no longer be any doubt about Griffith's guilt.
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By Rona Marech and Rona Marech,sun reporter | July 27, 2007
A convicted pastor's tearful plea for leniency, impassioned testimony about his character and a courtroom jammed with supporters failed to sway a Howard County Circuit Court judge, who sentenced the religious leader yesterday to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a teenage boy who said he once viewed the man as a father figure. As Gerald Fitroy Griffith, 41, was led away in handcuffs, some supporters from Redemption Christian Fellowship Church in Woodlawn who had been quietly crying and sniffling broke into wails and sobs, and one thrashing man was restrained by companions.
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By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,sun reporter | March 2, 2007
Maryland senators heard tear-filled testimony yesterday in support of a bill that would establish a one-year period for childhood victims of sexual abuse, regardless of their age, to bring civil lawsuits against their perpetrators. "Does anyone want to protect pedophiles?" asked sexual abuse victim Tom Dembeck, 50, of Cockeysville, as he stretched out his arms and turned to face a crowded audience before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. Dembeck accused the proposal's opponents of aiding offenders.
NEWS
March 17, 2005
Stokes urges more time to file sex abuse claims ANNAPOLIS The Baltimore man who shot the now-defrocked priest who molested him as a child urged lawmakers yesterday to extend the statute of limitations for civil actions arising from sexual offenses against minors to 28 years, from seven years. Because the law requires victims of childhood molestation to file claims within seven years after they turn 18, many victims are unable to receive relief for their suffering, 29-year-old Dontee Stokes told the House Judiciary Committee.
NEWS
November 28, 2004
Inaugural lighting of tree scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday The Carroll County commissioners are starting a tradition: a county holiday tree lighting. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday in front of the County Office Building at 225 N. Center St., Westminster. The Westminster West Middle School eighth-grade chorus will perform several seasonal songs on the front steps of the building. A panel from the county's Environmental Advisory Council selected a 22-foot-tall Douglas fir, donated by John and Gail Terzano of Hampstead, to stand inside the fountain circle for the holidays.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 26, 1996
Six months after county budget cuts forced the Sexual Abuse Treatment Center to reduce services and staff, the agency is urging Carroll officials to restore a counseling program that served adults who sexually abused children.It's critical to treat the offenders as well as child victims of sexual abuse because in many instances the abuser and the child continue to live in the same household, said Sandra L. Rappeport, Carroll County district director of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | February 24, 2004
Two 20-year-old Severn men were arrested Sunday and charged with sexual offenses after Maryland State Police were called to a Hampstead house by two 15-year-old girls, one of whom accused one man of raping her while she was intoxicated, authorities said yesterday. Anthony S. Lee of the 8000 block of Averill Court was charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault as well as other sex offenses and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said. Darrien J. Hanner of the 8000 block of Parham Court was charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 24, 2004
A 36-year-old Arbutus man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to committing a sex offense against his stepdaughter, who is now 14, a prosecutor said. The man pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense and received a 15-year sentence, with five years suspended, from Circuit Judge Christian Kahl, said Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Sue Hazlett. The Sun does not publish names or other information that would identify victims of sexual abuse.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 26, 2004
Roger Taylor gives students his resume and waits for questions. The former military intelligence officer and Arab linguist works as the community educator at the Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County. He spends 25 hours each week - anywhere from 50 to 100 presentations a month with middle and high school students - talking about preventing violence. He is met with students who have questions like: Why is a guy talking about rape, and does he know any victims of sexual violence?
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