Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims of Elementary School Teacher Patrick Daley

How Do Their Legal Rights Compare To The Victims of MSU’s Larry Nassar?

As the Greater Lansing community was attempting to overcome the shock and grief caused by the decades of sexual abuse perpetrated by MSU doctor, Larry Nassar, we learned that there was another sexual abuse crisis at another school in our community. A former fifth-grade teacher at Holt Washington Woods Middle School, Patrick Daley, was charged in 2018 with 24 counts of 2nd-degree criminal sexual ...

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Campus Sexual Assault – The Importance of Holding Educational Institutions Accountable

In late 2016, we started hearing the first public rumblings of campus sexual assault allegations at Michigan State University at the hands of now incarcerated, former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

In 2018, the country stopped what they were doing to listen to the victim impact statements from Sister Survivors and their unified call to hold educational institutions accountable for sexual misconduct and abuse. We watched in amazement as that disgraced former doctor received a sentence of 40-175 ...

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Putting Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Past

Clergy sexual abuse has been headline news across the United States for years. However, media coverage has recently expanded following the release of a report from a Pennsylvania Grand Jury in 2018, concluding that 300 priests sexually abused more than 1,000 child victims over the span of seven decades. Since that time, the global movement to hold religious organizations responsible for abuse has remained in the media spotlight. On September 27, 2019, the Diocese of Lansing released a list of ...

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month – History, Involvement, & Resources

The topic of sexual assault is everywhere in the news lately. Society is moving toward open discussion and meaningful conversation regarding this rampant issue. With an average of one in three women and one in six men encountering some form of sexual violence in their lifetime, stats show this conversation is long overdue. Part of the solution to altering these grim statistics is keeping the discussion alive and in the public spotlight. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) focuses on ...

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Sister Survivor, Amanda Thomashow, Receives Prestigious Justice Award at Annual Ceremony

On September 29, 2018, the Foundation for Improvement of Justice honored sexual assault “Sister Survivor,” Amanda Thomashow, with its prestigious Paul H. Chapman award. The Foundation for Improvement of Justice is a not-for-profit institution whose mission is improving local, state, and federal systems of justice in the United States. Lansing attorney, Jim Graves, who represented Ms. Thomashow and other survivors in the largest sports sexual assault case in history, also attended the award ceremony at the Four Season Hotel Atlanta.

“Amanda persevered ...

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Sexual Assault Survivor, Amanda Thomashow, to Receive Paul H. Chapman Award

Sinas Dramis partner and Michigan sexual assault attorney, Jim Graves, has represented numerous Sister Survivors of the disgraced MSU sports doctor, Larry Nassar, since 2016. He recently had the privilege of nominating his client, Amanda Thomashow, for the Foundation for Improvement of Justice, Inc. award.

Mr. Graves, along with the rest of the Sinas Dramis attorneys and staff, wish to congratulate Ms. Thomashow as the recipient of this year’s Paul H. Chapman Award. She will be honored ...

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$800,000 Settlement for Sexual Assault at an Apartment Complex in Chicago’s Cook County

A person’s home is supposed to be a safe place. Unfortunately, sexual assault at an apartment complex is all too common due to inadequate security and landlord negligence. The following outlines a recent successful settlement for one Chicago resident obtained by Sinas Dramis partner and attorney, Jim Graves.

Recently Jim Graves and co-counsel Jennifer Irmen of Irmen Law Group, LLC successfully settled a complicated apartment complex sexual assault case in Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Court. An $800,000 settlement on behalf ...

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MSU Reaches $500 Million Settlement with Survivors of Larry Nassar

Late Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018, Michigan State University reached a settlement with the 332 sexual abuse survivors of Larry Nassar. While the substantial MSU settlement amount cannot begin to repair the damage caused by the former physician, it is a step in the right direction of serving justice and bringing closure to the Army of Survivors.

Led by Sinas Dramis partner, Jim Graves, the Sinas Dramis sexual assault attorneys, including Jackie Dupler ...

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Moving Forward – Larry Nassar Case Updates

While the unfortunate tragedy at Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and Twistars USA involving hundreds of sexually abused gymnasts continues to make headlines, several recent Larry Nassar case updates attempt to bring justice to survivors and also protect future athletes.

Senate Passes Bills to Protect Survivors

Last month, the Michigan Senate overwhelmingly passed a package of bills in response to survivors of the largest case of sports-related sexual abuse in history. These proposed bills will protect survivors of sexual abuse, extend the ...

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Sinas Dramis Stands Proudly With Nassar Sexual Assault Survivors

Jim Graves is currently representing sexual assault survivors of Larry Nassar, who violated hundreds of women and girls while employed as a physician at Michigan State University and while working as a team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Twistars USA.

To date, more than 150 women and young girls have said they were sexually abused by Nassar while he was employed at MSU. Nassar was an MSU team doctor for nearly two decades and was the team ...

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