Fighting for Survivors Abused at Abraxas Juvenile Center 

The Abraxas Youth Center, and other Abraxas facilities in Pennsylvania, offer treatment and rehabilitation services to male juvenile offenders and other at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 18. The center is part of the Abraxas Youth and Family Services network. However, recent legal actions and investigations have revealed that the facility’s operators have tolerated sexual abuse and violence by staff against residents for many years.

An increasing number of survivors are moving forward to file legal cases against private and public entities that failed to discharge their duty of care while administering these facilities. Through legal actions, survivors are requesting compensation for their horrific experiences and holding the institutions who failed them accountable.

If you or someone you love were sexually abused at Abraxas facilities in Pennsylvania, attorneys at Levy Konigsberg want to help. Our team has extensive experience litigating sexual abuse lawsuits on behalf of survivors and knows how to help them fight back.

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History of Abraxas Youth Center Sexual Abuse

High-profile court filings, criminal charges, and investigations have all highlighted the troubling history of abuse at Abraxas facilities. The information obtained during these numerous investigations revealed that these facilities were severely negligent in permitting frequent sexual and physical abuse of inmates to persist for many years.

As lawsuits are filed, it becomes evident that these abuses were signs of a systemic collapse rather than isolated occurrences. According to reports, Abraxas fostered a climate conducive to abuse. Their lax oversight and inadequate response to reporting have created an atmosphere in which perpetrators of abuse feel free to act without fear of punishment, knowing their crimes might remain secret. Examples of sexual abuse in Abraxas facilities include the following:

  • In April 2023, Elizabeth Ann Bohler, a former staff at Abraxas Juvenile Center in Howe Township, Pennsylvania, was charged with various sex offenses after engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor detained in the facility. According to the criminal complaint, the relationship began in late 2022 and lasted several months. It included sexual contact in a closet inside the facility, explicit letters and text messages, and Bohler giving contraband to the juvenile.
  • In March 2022, former inmates filed a class action lawsuit against The GEO Group, a private prison operator, and other defendants. They allege they faced physical, mental, and sexual abuse while in custody at the Abraxas Youth and Family Services Center. 

We specialize in sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful institutions, including prisons, clergy, and juvenile detention centers.

We work on contingency, which means there’s no cost to hire and no fee unless we win.

Do I Have a Case?

You may have grounds to file a civil legal action if:

  • You were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, nurse, or other youth residential treatment or  juvenile detention center staff member.
  • The abuse occurred at any youth residential treatment or juvenile detention facility.

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors in civil lawsuits that aim to hold youth residential treatment facilities,  juvenile detention centers, private healthcare companies, and other facility operators accountable for their failures to stop abusive staff members and protect young residents.

As civil claims, these cases are separate from any criminal proceedings that may arise from abuse and focus instead on holding institutions liable for damages. This means you may still have a claim even if:

  • Your abuser is no longer alive.
  • Your abuser was never charged with or convicted of a crime.

Recoverable Damages in Sexual Abuse Claims

In addition to providing accountability and a sense of justice, civil sex abuse lawsuits allow survivors to recover financial compensation for their damages, which may include:

  • Past medical and mental health expenses
  • Future mental health expenses, including therapy, medications, etc.
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and psychological harm
  • Lost income
  • Other economic and non-economic damages

Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations & Pending Law

In the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system, the current statute of limitations for civil sex abuse claims is the age of adulthood plus 37 years, which means that survivors sexually abused as minors typically have until the age of 55 to file legal action, as long as they were born after November 26, 1989.

As in other states across the country, Pennsylvania’s current statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse claims has been criticized for barring numerous survivors from seeking justice and compensation for their damages and for failing to recognize accepted research about the considerable difficulties survivors face when processing their abuse and taking steps to come forward. Thanks to new efforts by advocates and lawmakers, however, there are now several pending measures before the Pennsylvania Legislature that seek to expand the rights of child sex abuse survivors.

These groundbreaking measures, which are expected to pass, will create new opportunities for survivors to step forward and obtain long-overdue justice. If passed, these measures would create a temporary two-year window for child sexual abuse survivors to file claims over abuse that occurred at any time in the past.

Levy Konigsberg is closely tracking the proposed sexual abuse measures in Pennsylvania youth residential treatment facilities and juvenile detention centers and is actively working with survivors looking for information about filing claims under the new extended statute of limitations or two-year lookback window, should these measures become law.

Trust Levy Konigsberg's Legal Team for Proven Results in Sexual Abuse and Negligence Cases

Levy Konigsberg LLP, a nationally recognized law firm, has built a legacy over three decades, recovering over $3 billion in sexual abuse compensation for clients. Led by award-winning sexual abuse lawyers, we specialize in representing survivors in sexual abuse across the country, taking on powerful institutions. Our top-rated trial practice handles all types of sexual abuse or negligence cases, showcasing numerous testimonials and successful case results. You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.

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