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If you were sexually abused in Maryland as a child, you now have the right to bring a claim and hold the institution (church, school, hospital, 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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Maryland law defines child sexual abuse to as any act involving the sexual molestation or exploitation of a child by an adult, a parent, or other person who is in permanent or temporary care, custody, responsibility, or supervision of the child, or by any member of the family or household member. The definition includes both physical injuries and no physical injuries and a wide array of sexual conduct. Some of the examples Maryland provides include exposing oneself to a child, sexual advances, or taking pornographic pictures or videos of a child. Further, many reports of sexual abuse include criminal child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, or incest. Interesting to note that only sexual acts perpetrated by a parent, household member, family member, or other person that is supposed to care for or supervise a child is reportable as “child sexual abuse” even if the actions are considered unwelcome or nonconsensual touching that would usually constitute sexual assault.
For criminal charges, there is no statute of limitations for when a child sexual abuse victim can bring a claim against his or her abuser. However, for civil claims, a victim of child sexual abuse must bring the claim before he or she turns 38 years or or within three years of the abuser being convicted of a crime, whichever is later. The former statute of limitations for civil cases was 25 years old, which was changed in 2017 to extend it to the 38 year old limit.
While there has not been a change yet for child sexual abuse victims by clergymen or other institutions, Maryland legislators are actively working to change the statute of limitations for those victims. Recently, bills were introduced proposing to change the definition of child sexual abuse and allow a retroactive ‘lookback window’, similar to what other states have enacted. This window will allow victims, no matter what age they are or when the abuse happened, to be able to bring a claim. The window will likely be for two years and will be for victims whose abuse happened before October 1, 2021 and were previously time barred. This means that these victims will likely have to bring their claim before October 1, 2023 to be able to receive the compensation they may be entitled to.
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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