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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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Unfortunately, while the foster care system is meant to protect children suffering from abuse and neglect, oftentimes the abuse is exacerbated once in the system. Many children experience child sexual abuse in the foster care system are are in an even more vulnerable, traumatized state in the foster home. Several studies have shown the stark reality of how pervasive sexual abuse is in the foster care system. A Johns Hopkins study in Maryland showed that foster care children are four times more likely to experience child sexual abuse than their peers. The study also showed that children in group homes are 28 times more likely to experience child sexual abuse. A state study in Oregon and Washington showed that nearly one-third of foster children reported that they were abused by a foster parent or a different adult that lived in the home. Even further, in 2013, multiple FBI raids recovered child sex trafficking victims and nearly half of the victims were from foster care or group homes.
Child sexual abuse is common in the foster care system due to the system’s failure to address the sexual exploitation of minors. The lack of funding, training, and supervision within the system allows predators to recognize that foster children are easily accessible for them. Further, states fail to respond to the allegations of child sexual abuse and fail to adequately vet the adults who are foster parents. Further, the abusers are not only the foster parents or other adults, but also employees for group homes, social workers, foster care workers, or other adults in the vulnerable child’s life who use their position to take advantage of the child.
Further, the abusers may threaten retribution if the child comes forward, making the child fear for his or her safety or fear that he or she will be kicked out of the foster home. Children in the foster care system also usually do not have a trusted adult they can confide in so they do not speak about the abuse to anyone. This creates an environment of secrecy that allows the abuse to exist.
Yes. If someone abused you while you were in the foster care system, the foster care agency may be held liable for your injuries from the abuse. The foster care agency is required to follow strict procedures and protocols to thoroughly vet foster parents and their own employees. If the foster care agency failed to conduct an extensive background check or failed to support you when you came forward, you can potentially hold them liable for their negligence or failure to act. However, sometimes the law can get tricky if the foster care agency is a state governmental program. Just because children are in the foster care system does not mean that they do not have the same rights as children not in the system. Whether you pursue a criminal or civil claim, the criminal justice system and civil system will investigate the foster care abuse and help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. The abusers and the foster care system that allowed the abuse must be help accountable. It is crucial that you contact an experienced law firm to understand your rights and whether or not you can pursue a claim against the foster care agency.
If someone abused you while you were in the foster system, you should contact a knowledgeable law firm as soon as possible to learn about your rights. Some states are currently allowing child sexual abuse victims to file a civil claim, no matter what age the victim is now and no matter when the abuse happened. This means that even if you were abused decades ago, you may still be able to pursue a claim. The rates of child sexual abuse in the foster system are likely higher than the general population of children. By coming forward and exposing the abusers themselves and the foster care system that failed to protect you, you can seek justice and protect future children. The lack of oversight, funding, and inadequate vetting processes all are being exposed through victims coming forward. It is crucial to understand your rights by contacting a law firm and take that next step towards justice.
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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