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If you were sexually abused in Massachusetts 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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Massachusetts law defines child abuse as the non-accidental completion or attempted competion of an act by a caretake to a child under the age of 18 that causes, or creates a substantial risk to the physical or emotional wellbeing of that child. Massachusetts law states that child sexual abuse includes the sexual victimization or exploitation of a child by an adult, older child, or adolescent. The law includes penetration (rape), including vaginal, anal, or oral rape, fondling (such as indecent assault and battery), exhibitionism, exposure to oneself, photographing or videoing a child for pornographic reasons, for prostitution of a child.
Though Massachusetts does not have any crimes called “sexual assault”, there are related crimes, such as “indecent assault and battery,” “rape,” and “assault with intent to commit rape”, which can all be cited in child sexual abuse cases.
Massachusetts legislators recently passed a bill to extend the statute of limitations for when a child abuse victim can bring a civil lawsuit against their abusers. The new law extended the statute of limitations by 32 years, allowing child sex abuse victims to sue their alleged abusers until they are 53 years old. The law also extends the amount of time that a victim has to file a suit from three years to seven years from when the victim realized that the childhood abuse has caused them damages.
While the new law does allow child abuse victims to bring lawsuits against the institutions or the abuser’s supervisor that allowed the abuse to happen, the bill only applies to future abuse, not to abuse that happened in the past if the victim is older than 21 years old. Nonetheless, the law does allow those who previously were time-barred from bringing a suit against their abusers because they were older than 21 to still file a suit now against the abuser themselves.
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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