Over 200 brave survivors have come forward to demand justice after enduring child sex abuse at Illinois Youth Centers throughout Illinois perpetrated by adult employees. Represented by Levy Konigsberg Attorneys Jerome Block, Jacob Jordan and co-counsel, over 200 survivors have now filed sexual abuse lawsuits against the State of Illinois. The lawsuits are filed against the State of Illinois for the sexual abuse these survivors suffered while confined at juvenile detention facilities at the hands of Illinois employees. Some of these individuals were sexually abused at multiple Illinois Youth Centers.

Juvenile detention centers across Illinois have faced years of scrutiny over failures to protect youth inmates from violence and sexual abuse perpetrated by staff, and several have been identified by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as having the highest rates of sexual victimization in the nation. From civil lawsuits and criminal cases involving abusive guards to alarming investigative findings, the record shows that the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) and other entities that operate jails or facilities that house youth inmates failed to reign in a culture of secrecy and cover-ups that allowed staff-on-inmate abuse to persist for decades.

Our legal team is leading the way in investigating sexual abuse claims from former juvenile detainees in Illinois, and we have been taking legal action using the Childhood Sexual Abuse Act as codified at 735 ILCS 5/13-202.2. The more than 200 survivors who have filed clams so far include those who suffered sexual abuse as far back as the 1990s and up through recent years.  The plaintiffs, who are now adults, were sexually abused as children ranging from age 10 to 17.

According to the lawsuits, many different staff at Illinois Youth Centers were involved in sexual abuse, such as:

  • Correctional/detention officers
  • Counselors
  • Supervisors
  • Teachers
  • Medical staff
  • Chaplain
  • And others

Despite the widespread and well-known sexual abuse of children at the Illinois Youth Centers, the State of Illinois has done little to protect these children or to punish their abusers. It is this pattern of negligence on the part of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice that has prompted the filing of these lawsuits. The State’s shocking negligence in its failure to stop the sexual abuse of children in its juvenile detention facilities is detailed in the complaint that was filed this week.

Leading the Way for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

The Childhood Sexual Abuse Act 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.

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 Jerome Block stated:

“With over 200 cases already filed, it’s time for the State of Illinois to accept responsibility for the systematic sexual abuse of children at Illinois Youth Centers. Courageous survivors throughout the State are continuing to come forward with horrific cases of sexual abuse that they suffered as children at juvenile facilities. It’s outrageous that the perpetrators were the very adult staff members that were supposed to keep children safe.  This rampant, institutionalized sexual abuse went on for decades and there is no evidence that the State has done anything to fix its procedures and ensure the safety of children in the Illinois juvenile system.”

Levy Konigsberg represents hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse at Illinois’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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