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Oscars: Victory for sexual abuse victims

Great night at the Oscars.

Sylvester Stallone didn’t win.

The Vice President talked about the victims of sexual abuse.

Lady Gaga sung a stunning song about the victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

And the Best Picture went to Spotlight about the sexual abuse of children at the hands of Catholic priests.

I wonder what was going through Stallone’s head as he watched from the audience? Perhaps he had a flashback to an alleged incident at a Las Vegas Hotel in 1986 with a 16-year-old child.


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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.

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  1. Suzannah Troy says:

    A bigger victory might have been Lady Gaga’s song winning but yes it was gratitfying to see Stallone passed over in an Oscar ceremony highlighting rape, “honor killings” and sexual abuse.


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