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If you were sexually abused in New Jersey as a child, you now have the right to bring a claim and hold the institution (church, foster care system, 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.
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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.
New Jersey law defines child sexual abuse as sexual contact or penetration between a child who is under eighteen years of age and an adult. Child sexual abuse and child molestation is a type of child abuse when an adult engages in a form of sexual stimulation with a child, including non-contact sexual abuse as well. Child sexual abuse can include pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities or asking a child to engage in sexual activities, whether or not the sexual activity actually happens. Other forms of child sexual abuse include exposing oneself to a child, fondling, groping, sexual penetration (i.e., rape), or using a child to create child pornography.
New Jersey also allows the state to impose parental responsibilities and potential charges against parents if a child is sexually abused. The court is allowed to assume responsibility to control custody and create visitation rights if the court feels that is within the best interests of the child.
In May 2019, New Jersey legislatures changed the statute of limitations for when a victim of child sexual abuse can bring a civil lawsuit. The law created a two-year “lookback window,” allowing any victim of child sexual abuse, regardless of age and when the abuse happened, to be able to bring a civil lawsuit against the abuser or the institution that allowed the abuse. A civil lawsuit is meant to allow the victim to receive compensation to help them pay for the treatments they endure during their healing journeys. The window took effect on December 1, 2019 but is set to expire on November 30, 2021. This means that if you were abused as a child, you can still bring a claim, but only until November 30, 2021 if you do not fall within the usual statute of limitations requirements.
Outside of the lookback window, New Jersey law allows victims to sue the abuser or the institution until they turn 55 years old, or within seven years after they realized that the abuse caused them harm.
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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