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Bayview Correctional Facility Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Proudly Standing Up for Former Female Inmates of Bayview

Levy Konigsberg is considered a nationwide leader in sex abuse litigation for women who have been sexually assaulted by officers and staff members in prisons and jails. Following the passage of the New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA), we are offering our legal services to women who were sexually abused at Bayview Correctional Facility, a women-only prison in Manhattan. Using the ASA, you can demand justice and compensation for the abuses that you suffered at Bayview, even if the usual statute of limitations for such cases has already expired.

Please let our passionate and highly experienced legal team see if you have a valid claim to file against Bayview, the State of New York, and the New York State Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision. We have already filed many civil complaints seeking financial compensation against these defendants for the inexcusable sex crimes carried out by Bayview staff and officers. You can join other courageous women who have already stepped forward to secure justice and accountability.

We’re here to amplify your voice and fight for you! Call (800) 315-3806 now.

What is the Bayview Correctional Facility?

The Bayview Correctional Facility was a women-only prison located in Manhattan against the Hudson River. It was permanently closed due to Superstorm Sandy damage, budget complications, and controversies surrounding widespread and unchecked inmate sex abuse. Although Bayview is defunct, the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYDOCS), which was its primary operator, can still be held liable for any wrongdoing and harm that happened to inmates there.

Do you know other women who were sexually abused in a New York prison or jail? If so, we invite you to refer a friend by contacting us or sharing our firm’s contact information with them.
File Deadline November 23, 2023

Sexual Abuse at Bayview Correctional Facility

The full extent of the history of sexual abuse at Bayview Correctional Facility is still being uncovered. However, evidence from published reports and first-hand accounts from hundreds of women have already revealed the shocking truth that sexual abuses committed by male guards against female inmates at Bayview occurred for as long as the prison was in operation.

A brief history of Bayview Correctional Facility sexual abuses includes:

  • 1985: The Inspector General of the NYDOCS reports that several guards and a sergeant sexually assaulted and verbally harassed a female inmate, who became pregnant due to the attack. Prison officials knew of the attack and many others like it before, but did nothing to protect the inmates from future assaults.
  • 2004: A lawsuit against New York State results in a $360,000 award for a former Bayview inmate who sued for sexual assaults that occurred throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s. The accused guard later pled guilty to 3rd-degree rape while on criminal trial.
  • 2008: A federal survey concludes that 12% of survey respondents at Bayview reported being victimized by sexual misconduct. At the time, this was nearly 6 times higher than the national average for sexual abuse reports at women-only prisons.
  • 2014: A lawsuit filed by a former Bayview inmate who was sexually assaulted multiple times prompts the New York Court of Claims to find the NYDOCS guilty of negligent supervision. The accused officer pled guilty to multiple counts of rape while on criminal trial.

Sexual Encounters at Bayview are Always Abuse

It is important to know that all sexual encounters between inmates and officers at Bayview Correctional Facility are considered acts of sexual abuse, a criminal violation. New York law makes it impossible for prisoners to provide consent to sexual actions with an official who has authority over them, e.g., inmates and guards, wardens, or correctional officers. This statute prevents any defendant from arguing that the sexual encounters at Bayview were legal due to consent. It also helps lay the foundation for civil action taken against Bayview and the NYDOCS using the Adults Survivors Act.

Limited Time to File a Bayview Sex Abuse Claim

The New York Adult Survivors Act creates a one-year lookback window for adult survivors of sexual abuse to file civil suits against their attackers, regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred. This statute is available to anyone who wants to pursue such a claim, but it has primarily benefitted former female inmates who were abused in prisons like Bayview Correctional Facility but had not previously filed a lawsuit. The new lookback window ends on November 24, 2023, so you should speak with Levy Konigsberg as soon as possible.

Levy Konigsberg is Ready to Fight for You

Our prisoner sex abuse litigation team at Levy Konigsberg has recovered tens of millions of dollars for survivors of sex abuse against government entities, educational institutions, religious organizations, youth groups, and more. We currently represent hundreds of women that were sexually abused in New York prisons and jails. If you were sexually abused at Bayview Correctional Facility, then please know that you can confidently put your case in our hands. We are already leading the fighting for many other women who were subjected to sex abuse at Bayview, as well as in other facilities like Albion, Bedford Hills and Rikers Island. It would be our honor to stand up for you, too.

Dial (800) 315-3806 or contact us onlinenow for a FREE, confidential consultation about Bayview sex abuse lawsuits. Remember: Time is limited.

Bayview Correctional Facility Sex Abuse FAQ

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  • Q:What years did Bayview Correctional Facility operate?

    A:The Bayview Correction Facility was an all-women state prison located in Manhattan in New York City. In 1974, the ownership of the prison was transferred to the New York State Department of Correctional Services for use for female inmates. The prison closed in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage to the building.

  • Q:What are the sex abuse cases against Bayview Correctional Facility based on?

    A:The sex abuse cases against Bayview Correction Facility are based on acts of sexual abuse, sexual assault and coerced sexual acts perpetrated against female inmates by correctional officers, prison guards and other persons in positions of authority. It was illegal for any correctional officer or staff to engage in any sexual activity with inmates who cannot legally consent to any sexual activity during their incarceration. The systematic and egregious sexual abuse at Bayview was documented in a federal survey that determined the facility had the highest percentage of incidents of sex abuse by staff in the country. Independent investigations—such as one conducted by City Limits Magazine—also uncovered stories and evidence of repeated and severe female inmate abuse at Bayview. There have been prior lawsuits filed by individual inmates at Bayview based on the negligent oversight of the staff and the failure to protect inmates even after sexual abuse was reported and known by supervisors and management.

  • Q:How many women were abused at Bayview Correctional Facility?

    A:Based on the high rates of sexual abuse at Bayview Correctional Facility, there are likely many hundreds or thousands of women who were victimized over the many decades that the prison was operating. The prison staff at Bayview misused their authority and engaged in sexual acts with female inmates that was either forced, coerced or improperly used their position of power to victimize these women.

  • Q:Why is important for Bayview Correctional Facility survivors to come forward now?

    A:Female inmates who were sexually abused at Bayview Correctional Facility should come forward now while the NY Adult Survivors Act still allows lawsuits to be filed against Bayview. This window closes on November 24, 2023. For this limited time, women sexually abused at Bayview can file a legal claim no matter how long ago the sexual abuse occurred. The abusers and the Department of Corrections can only be fully accountable if as many survivors as possible come forward, and this starts with reaching out to our firm for a private and confidential free consultation.

  • Q:How can the Adult Survivors Act help women who were sexually abused at Bayview Correctional Facility?

    A:The NY Adult Survivors Act is the reason why lawsuits can be filed against Bayview Correctional Facility at all. The facility closed in 2012, well beyond the typical statute of limitations for claims brought against the government. The Adult Survivors Act, though, made a one-year lookback window from November 24, 2022, to November 24, 2023. This is a one-time opportunity for women sexually abused at Bayview to seek justice. After this one year time period, the legal claims will be barred forever.

  • Q:How do I file a case based on sexual abuse at the Bayview Correctional Facility?

    A:The simplest way to file a Bayview Correctional Facility sex abuse case is to contact Levy Konigsberg right now. You can submit a website form, do a live chat or call us and your call with be answered 24/7. We are currently the lawyers for many women who were sexually abused at Bayview and we are seeking justice and fully money compensation for them. We can help determine if you qualify for compensation, and we will be caring and sensitive in strongly advocating for your legal rights. We offer confidential and private consultations that are free, so you can learn about your legal options without paying anything. We represent sexual abuse victims on a contingent fee basis, so you will not pay any legal fee unless we win your case.

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