David Burgos was just 13 when he claims he was abused back in the 1980’s in a foster care home. Back then, he was sent to group home for troubled kids, called Pleasantville Cottage School, which was located in Westchester County. Burgos says that as soon a he arrived a the school, an assistant teacher made him stay after class to clean the blackboards. He said that is when the teacher began sexually abusing him.
“He told me that he had the power of whether I go home to my mother or not,” Burgos said.
The rates of chid sex abuse in the foster care system are much higher than the general public, according to statistics done by Child welfare advocates and experts.
The welfare of foster care kids is administered at the county level, although the state has general control over the system, and often churches and non profits are the ones caring for the kids.
The Child Victims Act has allowed hundreds, if not thousands of adults who were victims fo child sex abuse decades ago to come forward to file a civil suit. Prior to the passing, and extension of theCVA, adult victims were not able to find a voice to heal, as the statute of limitations had expired. The CVA allows a rare window for adult survivors who claim they were abused as foster kids, to come forward and file a legal claim.
If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual abuse, Herman Law may be able to help you achieve justice. Jeff Herman is a trailblazer in the representation of victims of sexual abuse, devoting 100% of his practice to the cause. Renowned for his aggressive and tireless advocacy on behalf of his clients, and his determination to help his clients heal through the litigation process, Jeff understands the unique issues involved in the representation of survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
Jeff Herman and his team only handle sexual abuse cases and have represented over 2,000 victims since 1997. The firm offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis. Now is the time to reach out, seek justice and begin to heal.
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The Child Victims Act has a one-year window in some states, some more, some less, for adults who were abused as children to come forward against their perpetrators. Now is the time to act and empower yourselves and begin the healing process.