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Bayview Correctional Facility Sex Abuse Lawsuits

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Bayview Correctional Facility was a medium-security women's prison that closed down in 2012 due to hurricane damage, but its legacy as a prison where female inmates were routinely subjected to sexual abuse by correctional officers lives on. Now, survivors have a renewed chance to step forward to make their voices heard. With the recent passage of legislation that waives the statute of limitations and provides a “look-back period” for adult victims of sexual abuse, it is not too late to seek justice through a civil lawsuit.

If you were sexually abused as an inmate in NYC's Bayview Correctional Facility, you may be able to pursue a sexual abuse lawsuit and recover the financial compensation you deserve. At Levy Konigsberg, we are committed to seeking justice for those who have experienced sexual abuse. We are an award-winning team of attorneys that has recovered more than $3 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. We're known for representing survivors of sexual abuse, and we're available to discuss how new laws may allow you to bring a claim against the institutions that failed to stop the rampant abuse and misconduct at Bayview, even if the sexual abuse occurred decades ago.

Call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online to learn more in a free consultation.


New York's Adult Survivors Act

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed this act that waives the prior statute of limitations for adult survivors of sexual abuse, giving them a temporary year-long window between November 24, 2022 and November 24, 2023 to file a sexual abuse lawsuit, no matter how many years ago they suffered the abuse. This is distinct from a similar act in New York that allowed survivors of child sex abuse to come forward and hold their abusers accountable; this act covers victims who suffered abuse as an adult who was 18 or older at the time. The window to file starts six months after signing, giving survivors additional time to consider coming forward. The law was signed in recognition that survivors often need years to process their trauma. If the statute of limitations previously kept you from filing a lawsuit against Bayview Correctional Facility, then you have a new timeframe within which to take legal action. If you fail to file a lawsuit before the November 24, 2013 deadline, however, you will forever barred from being able to bring a claim and recover compensation.

"Today, we take an important step in empowering survivors across New York to use their voices and hold their abusers accountable." - Governor Kathy Hochul

Levy Konigsberg is here to help you move through the healing process. When you hire our lawyers, you will be supported by a team of people who genuinely care about your rights and recovery, as well as the overall concept of justice. We will also approach your case carefully so you do not feel pressured to make one decision or another during this difficult time. We have helped many sex abuse survivors with successful claims and lawsuits in the past, and we would like to do the same for you. We know that the thought of filing a claim against your abuser can be a difficult step, which is why we promise to approach the case with sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Your privacy and comfort will always be in focus as we work on your case.

For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact us online or call (800) 315-3806.


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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