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If you were sexually abused in Colorado as a child, you now have the right to bring a claim and hold the institution (church, school, medical, etc.) accountable, regardless of how old you are or how long ago it happened. The window to file your lawsuit is open for a limited time only. Contact us today to learn your options.
Jeff Herman is recognized as the country’s leading attorney for victims of sexual abuse. Jeff is aggressive, passionate and skilled. If you have a civil sexual abuse case, Jeff is the attorney you want representing you. As the firm’s founding and managing partner, Jeff has developed a national reputation for his powerful advocacy and unwavering dedication to his clients. He is a first-rate trial lawyer committed to empowering victims of sexual abuse to take back their lives and begin the healing process.
With over 30 years of experience, Jeff understands the tremendous challenges victims of sexual abuse encounter on their journey to recovery. He is considered to be a pioneer in the field of sexual abuse cases and has been featured on CNN, HLN, Fox News, The New York Times and many other national and international media outlets. Jeff believes that community advocacy is the key to preventing childhood sexual abuse and is involved with various organizations dedicated to protecting children from sexual abuse through comprehensive education. Jeff volunteers his time to train law enforcement on interviewing child victims of sexual abuse.
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Colorado law defines sexual assault on a child as fondling a child under the age of fifteen, or having a child fondle you, and the child is at least four years younger than you. While this is defined as ‘assault’, it is actually equivalent to Colorado’s sexual contact law and is therefore punished under Colorado’s sexual contact law. This is a less serious offense than child sexual abuse involving penetration or rape, which is punished under Colorado’s sexual assault law. Colorado defines sexual assault on a child to include touching a child’s intimate parts, both with clothes on or without clothes on. Intimate parts include external genitalia, the anus, or the breasts area.
Colorado law also specifically defines sexual assault on a child when the abuser is someone in a position of trust. This is a more serious crime than sexual assault on a child. The definition of when someone is in a position of trust is when the child is under eighteen years of age and the adult is responsible for the child in any way or for any period of time to protect the child’s health, education, welfare or supervision.
Colorado lawmakers recently enacted legislation that will allow recent victims of child sexual abuse and future child sexual assault victims unlimited time to sue their abusers. This law allows child sexual abuse victims in Colorado to have six years from when they turn 18 years old to sue their abuseres. The law also allows those victims for which the statute of limitations has not yet run out and anyone who is abused after January 1, 2022 to have an unlimited amount of time to file a lawsuit against the abuser or the abusers.
While this legislation does not work retroactively, meaning that victims of historic childhood sexual abuse, such as those abused in the Roman Catholic Church decades ago, there are separate efforts happening to allow these victims to hopefully have the opportunity to take legal action in the future. Nonetheless, even without the passage of a new law, Colorado does allow child sexual abuse victims to file a criminal lawsuit at any point, as there is no statute of limitations for criminal cases in child sex assault cases in Colorado.
If you were abused as a child or know someone who was abused as a child, even if the abuse happened decades ago, you could pursue a claim against the abuser and potentially the organization that allowed the abuse. You can pursue criminal charges against the abuser by filing a report immediately to the police or the district attorney in your area. Once you report the abuse, the authorities will prosecute the abuser, and you will have the opportunity to tell your story.
You can also pursue civil charges against both the abuser and the organization. Civil actions have been increasing exponentially in recent years due to state legislatures’ recent passage of laws that allow victims to continue to pursue claims. Many states, including New York and Texas, are allowing child victims of any age to file claims to receive monetary damages to help support them in their healing journey. Each state’s laws differ, and the time limit for when you can file a suit, known as the statute of limitations, may be coming soon. It is crucial to consult with an experienced law firm to learn about your rights and the steps you can take if you’ve been abused or know someone who has been abused.
Children are highly vulnerable to ‘grooming’ behavior, which can include buying the child gifts, flattering the child, increasing attention to the child, and targeting the child to gain the child’s trust. The adults in a child’s life should be familiar with the red flags and signs of predators. You can learn about these red flags on my website and take the quizzes with your child to ask the hard questions on whether or not there’s someone they should be concerned about.
Further, parents should always watch for any changes in their child’s demeanor, habits, actions, and well-being. Adults are responsible for ensuring children are safe and are in stable, nurturing environments. You should also speak to your child about what is right and not right, how they control who can touch their bodies, and which parts of their bodies are ‘private.’ It is crucial to speak to your child often and make them feel comfortable talking with you. If something does happen, your child should feel safe coming to you and telling you about anything that happens.
Finally, institutions and organizations must improve their vetting processes before allowing any employees in an environment with close proximity to children. Youth and family-serving organizations, faith communities, schools, and public/governmental agencies must have the training and available information to prevent child sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse occurs in many forms. It is committed by many different types of people in your life and effects many different types of victims. Consequently, sex abuse lawsuits are extremely varied and require varying approaches.
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