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If you were sexually abused in New York, New Jersey, or California 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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Child sexual abuse is a devastating reality that can affect children of all ages, either gender, and can happen in any culture, race, or socioeconomic background. The term ‘child sexual abuse’ usually refers to any completed or non-completed sexual act or sexual contact or non-contact sexual interaction with a child by a caregiver or adult. This abuse can include rape, molestation, touching or fondling, exposure to a child, masturbation in front of a child, taking pornographic or sexual pictures or videos of a child, or sexually harassing a child.
A startling fact of child sexual abuse is that most children do, in fact, know their abusers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 91% of child sexual abuse is actually perpetrated by an individual that the child or the child’s family knows.
While there is no all-encompassing solution to stop child sexual abuse, both we as a society and individual parents and guardians can take steps to ensure a child’s safety. A significant reason child sexual abuse has been prevalent in institutions and organizations, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America, schools, team sports, daycare centers, and other places where a child is meant to be safe, is secrecy.The leadership within these organizations and other adults failed to speak up or expose the abusers within each organization. This silence allowed the abuse to be commonplace, with abusers sent to various branches of the organizations to cover up the abuse rather than punishing the abuser.
As a parent or guardian, having open communication and encouraging a child to always feel comfortable speaking to you is essential. Educate children about their bodies and that their bodies belong to them. Teach children that no one has the right to touch them anywhere and that they do not have to go along with everything an adult tells them they have to do. It is also crucial to teach children about their private parts and encourage them to feel comfortable speaking about their bodies without shame or embarrassment. These are all steps we as a society and as parents or guardians must take to prevent child sexual abuse.
Children who experience sexual abuse can exhibit physical, behavioral, and emotional signs. It is vital to be aware of these signs to help stop the abuse and get the abused child help as soon as possible. Some of the physical signs include sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and trauma to the genital area, such as bleeding, bruising, blood on the sheets, or the child’s underwear or clothing.
The behavioral signs can include noticing the child talking about sexual topics more often or knowing those sexual topics. The child sometimes will retreat, keeping secrets, or not talking as much as usual. The child may not want to be left alone with specific people or may fear being away from their primary caregiver. If this is a new behavior, this could indicate that the child is being abused or has been abused. Other signs include regressive behaviors, such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting, acting overly compliant, avoids removing clothes to change or bathe, or is spending an unusual amount of time alone.
Emotional signs include if the child’s eating habits change, their mood or personality changes, such as increased aggression, the child exhibits a decrease in confidence or self-esteem, is excessively worried or fearful, or has increased health problems, such as stomach aches and headaches. Other emotional signs include nightmares, losing interest in school, activities, or friends, or is engaging in self-harming behaviors.
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 the victims 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.
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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