14 brave survivors are coming forward to demand justice after enduring child sex abuse at Wolverine Secure Treatment Center perpetrated by adult employees. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Corey Stern, Jacob Jordan and co-counsel, 14 Survivors filed sexual abuse lawsuit this week against Wolverine Human Services for the sexual abuse they suffered while confined at the private juvenile detention facility of Wolverine Secure Treatment Center.

In 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services found the WSTC to be in violation of its rules and regulation on numerous and repeated occasions including: Three incidents of maltreatment in care; Residents not receiving therapy; Failing to verify the education of staff; Criminal records of staff not checked; Criminal records of staff not reported to the agency; Central registry not checked; No or incomplete training in trauma, first aid, and use of restraints. In 2021, the Michigan Department of Child Welfare Licensing issued an investigative report in which it noted 10 willful and substantial violations of state rules and regulations. Among the allegations were multiple episodes of improperly restraining, punching, choking, physically abusing juvenile residents, handcuffing a minor resident to the bed, as well as unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature from a supervisor. The WSTC closed its doors in 2021 after the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommended the revocation of its license to operate the facility.

The suits filed by Levy Konigsberg were brought under a 2018 law that provides legal pathways for victims of this type of sexual abuse to pursue damages from their abusers and from the institutions that enabled the abuse by increasing the time in which survivors of sexual abuse are permitted to come forward and file civil lawsuits. According to the lawsuit, correctional officers, a caseworker, and a supervisor were involved in the sexual abuse.

Levy Konigsberg and its team of dedicated trial attorneys are at the forefront of childhood sexual abuse litigation, having filed hundreds of lawsuits nationwide on behalf of survivors.

In announcing this week’s filings, Levy Konigsberg Partner Corey Stern stated:
“This lawsuit represents the first step in healing for these victims, who as children were brutalized by those charged with their care. Hopefully, the Michigan legislature will recognize the severity of the abuse Michigan children have endured at Juvenile Detention Centers throughout the state, and fix the law to provide an opportunity for each and every one of them to pursue their abusers and those that facilitated their abuse.”

Levy Konigsberg represents hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse at Michigan’s juvenile detention facilities and plans to continue fighting tirelessly on their behalf.

Levy Konigsberg is a nationwide trial law firm with a proven track record of representing survivors of sexual abuse. We have the strength, size, and resources needed to file lawsuits against government agencies, religious groups, medical institutions, and more. If you want to know if you can file a claim for child sexual abuse that occurred at Illinois Juvenile Detention Centers, then speak with our team today.

Please call 800-315-3806 now and request a free, initial consultation with our firm.

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