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If you were sexually abused in Georgia 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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Georgia law defines child sexual abuse under O.C.G.A. § 16-6-4 as “child molestation.” The definition describes child molesation as engaging in any “immoral or indecent” acts in order to arouse oneself or satisfy one’s sexual desires either in the presence of a child or with a child who is under the age of 16. This can include sending sexually explicit images to a child or asking a child to send sexually explicit images to that person. As seen in Craft v. State, 324 Ga. App. 7 (2013), child sexual abuse can also include exposing oneself, attempting to touch a child’s private parts, including the penis, vaginal area, or breasts, or even asking a child inappropriate questions.
Usually, Georgia law requires child sexual abuse victims to file a lawsuit within two years of the incident or before the victim turns 23 years old. However, in 2015, Georgia passed the Hidden Predator Act (also known as HB 17). This Act created a two-year window where victims of any age could bring a civil claim against his or her abuser or the institution that allowed the abuse, regardless of when the abuse happened. This allows victims who were abused decades ago to be able to seek justice and restitution. Further, the Act provides that the two year statute of limitations does not begin to run when the incident first happens, but rather the statute of limitations begins to run once the victim first discover the sexual abuse. This allows victims who repressed the memories to be able to come forward and seek justice. Therefore, if the abuse took place after July 1, 2015, the abuser has until his or her 23rd birthday or until two years after the victim connects the injuries to the abuse.
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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