Michigan Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Fighting for Survivors in Civil Sex Abuse Claims
If you or someone you love were sexually abused in Michigan, you may have grounds to seek financial compensation from your abuser and/or any entities that failed to prevent the abuse.
At Levy Konigsberg, we devote a large portion of our practice to helping sexual abuse survivors in the fight for justice. Comprised of award-winning attorneys, we’ve earned national recognition litigating high stakes sexual abuse claims against the Catholic Church, public and private prison systems, and other powerful institutions that failed to protect victims or worked to willfully conceal abuse within their ranks.
Now, we’re leveraging our experience and resources to fight for survivors across Michigan.
Our Michigan sexual abuse lawyers have been trusted by countless colleagues and clients and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for survivors. To discuss a potential claim and how we can help, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online. Consultations are FREE and confidential.
Full-Service Support for Sexual Abuse Survivors
Levy Konigsberg leverages extensive experience in the sex abuse litigation field to advocate for survivors in civil legal actions against entities that are overwhelmingly more interested in protecting their reputations and doing right by those they’ve harmed.
We take a personalized approach to guiding survivors through the civil justice system and have the resources to take on claims of all types. The wide range of sexual abuse cases we handle include the following:
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against the Michigan Catholic Church
As a firm with extensive experience litigating sexual abuse claims against Catholic dioceses nationwide, Levy Konigsberg is using our insight to investigate claims from survivors who were sexually abused in Catholic churches, Catholic schools, and other Catholic-affiliated programs across Michigan.
As sweeping investigations have shown, Michigan’s Catholic dioceses have struggled to contain a pervasive sexual abuse problem that dates back decades. These investigations, which include reports from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, detail numerous allegations of child sexual abuse in all seven of the state’s Roman Catholic dioceses, as well as alarming revelations about how church leadership routinely worked to conceal abuse, protect accused priests, and keep survivors silent.
If you were sexually abused by a priest, clergy member, or volunteer affiliated with any Catholic church or program in Michigan, you may have a case. Our attorneys are standing by to discuss your matter and how we may be able to help.
Learn More: Michigan Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Lawsuits.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Michigan Juvenile Detention Centers
Levy Konigsberg has received national attention fighting on behalf of survivors who were sexually abused while incarcerated in juvenile detention facilities across the U.S.
Now, we’re working with a growing number of survivors who were sexually abused in Michigan juvenile detention centers. This includes the Shawono Center in Grayland and Maxey Training School in Whitmore Lake, which were identified by the U.S. DOJ as having some of the highest reported rates of juvenile detention facility sexual victimization the nation.
If you were sexually abused by a counselor, guard, or other staff member at a juvenile detention center or jail in Michigan, you may have grounds to pursue legal action and a financial recovery of your damages.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Michigan Schools
Levy Konigsberg has litigated high profile cases against public schools, private schools, and colleges nationwide that failed to protect students from sexual abuse and is actively investigating claims from survivors who were abused in Michigan schools and universities.
As years of documented civil, criminal, and administrative cases show, schools across the state have been embroiled in various sexual abuse scandals. Some of these matters have illustrated the immense dangers of negligent hiring and failures to supervise, while others have revealed patterns of cover-ups and concealment.
Some examples of sexual abuse cases that have been successfully litigated against Michigan schools include:
- In January 2024, an investigation is underway into allegations that a State of Michigan employee sexually assaulted a minor at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility. Following the discovery, all state employees have been removed from the facility, and the accused employee has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual conduct and child abuse. This incident adds to a series of problems at the troubled juvenile detention facility, including overcrowding, understaffing, and previous allegations of sexual assault, prompting the county to take action and ensure the safety of the youth in its care.
- In January 2022, the University of Michigan agreed to a $490 million settlement to compensate over 1,000 survivors who were sexually abused by former sports doctor Robert Anderson, who abused student athletes during routine examinations. Anderson worked at the university for nearly four decades (1966 to 2003) and served as a physician for multiple athletic teams, including football. An independent investigation found that the university missed many opportunities to stop Anderson during his 37-year career.
- In March 2019, Byron Center Public Schools paid $400,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former student who was sexually assaulted by former basketball and math coach Glenn Davis. The suit claims that school officials failed to investigate reports of Davis’s improper relationships with students and failed to prevent the ongoing abuse. Davis pleaded guilty to criminal charges and was sentenced to 10 to 40 years in prison.
- In July 2019, the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency agreed to pay $450,000 to two teachers who were sexually assaulted by former Hillsdale Learning and Behavior Center principal Jonathan Garcia. Garcia was charged in 2016 and later sentenced to prison.
- In May 2018, Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims brought by more than 300 women and girls who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Larry Nassar, who also served as a physician for USA Gymnastics. The university was accused of dismissing or ignoring complaints about Nassar as far back as the 1990s. Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in December 2017 and an additional 80-300 years in Michigan State Prison in 2018.
- In June 2015, Forest Hills Public Schools paid $600,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2010. The suit alleged that the district failed to protect the victim from harassment and sided with the suspect, who was a star basketball player.
- In 2014, Beecher Community Schools agreed to pay three separate six-figure settlements to three students who were sexually abused by Eugene Pratt, a former principal of adult and alternative education.
If you or your child were sexually abused by a teacher, coach, physician, or other staff member employed by a school or university anywhere in Michigan, Levy Konigsberg can review your rights and options during a free consultation.
Other examples of Michigan sexual abuse cases we handle include:
- Sexual Abuse in Residential Care Group Homes and Foster Care Homes
- Sexual Abuse involving Rideshare Services (Lyft & Uber)
- Sexual Abuse in Hotels and The Hospitality Industry
- Sexual Abuse in Summer / Day Camps and Day Care / Preschools
Michigan’s Statute of Limitations for Civil Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Sexual abuse lawsuits are civil claims subject to a legal deadline known as the statute of limitations. If you have a potential sexual abuse claim, it’s important to know the statute of limitations that applies to your case, as survivors can be barred from taking legal action and recovering compensation when the statute of limitations expires.
Because there are many factors that can impact the statute of limitations for individual plaintiffs, the best way to evaluate the deadline in your case is to have it reviewed by a member of our team.
Generally, the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits in Michigan works is:
- Child sexual abuse claims. Under current Michigan law, survivors of childhood sexual abuse have until the age of 28, or 3 years from the date that they discover a connection between their abuse and resulting damages (which may include mental health issues, relationship issues, substance abuse, or incarceration) to file civil lawsuits.
- Adult sexual abuse claims. Lawsuits brought by survivors sexually abused as adults are typically subject to Michigan’s two-year statutory window for civil personal injury claims. This means adult survivors must file claims within two years of the date they were last abused or assaulted, though there may be situations where this time frame is different.
UPDATE: Michigan Lawmakers Considering New Child Sex Abuse Laws. While Michigan has lagged other states in passing reforms that benefit survivors of sexual abuse and promote accountability for institutions that failed to protect them, there is growing momentum for survivor-friendly legislation.
This includes a package of pending bills that would greatly expand the rights of child sexual abuse survivors by giving them more time to file civil lawsuits and providing new opportunities for survivors who were abused decades ago. The proposed measures, for example, would:
- Expand the civil statute of limitations for child sexual abuse lawsuits, allowing victims abused as minors to file claims until the age of 52.
- Create a temporary 2-year lookback window for survivors to file claims over abuse that occurred at any time in the past.
- Remove immunity protections for government agencies, allowing survivors to sue and hold government institutions accountable when the agency or its employees knew or should have known about abuse, but failed to prevent it.
These proposed bills would allow Michigan law to better reflect accepted research about the challenges survivors face when processing abuse and the fact that victims sexually abused as minors often take years or decades to discover the connection between their traumas and resulting damages, which can include addiction, self-harm, and other mental health issues. They also promote accountability by ensuring that entities such as school districts are held liable for their failures.
Our sexual abuse team at Levy Konigsberg is closely tracks pending laws to help survivors evaluate their options to pursue legal action both now and in the future.
What if my abuser was never charged with a crime?
Sexual abuse lawsuits are entirely separate matters from criminal cases. Rather than focusing on the criminal guilt of an offender, they focus solely on holding defendants – including schools that failed to stop abuse and protect victims – liable for damages. They also apply a lower burden of proof than what is used in criminal court.
This means that you may still have a case even if:
- Your abuser was never criminally investigated or charged with a crime.
- Your abuser was found Not Guilty in a criminal case.
- Your abuser is no longer alive.
How Much is My Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Worth?
Every case is unique, and the value of your potential claim will depend on the specific facts involved.
Generally, sexual abuse survivors are entitled to financial compensation for their damages. Given the complex effects of sexual abuse, and the fact that abuse has a long-term if not lifelong impact on victims, these damages can be substantial.
Examples of recoverable damages in sexual abuse cases:
- Medical, mental health, and therapy treatment expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish, fear, embarrassment, and anxiety
- Long-term mental health issues, including PTSD and depression
- Lost income and other economic losses
Levy Konigsberg has access to research, experts, and resources that allow us to thoroughly evaluate our clients’ damages and present them effectively in claims and court. In every case we handle, we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
Levy Konigsberg: Proven Advocacy in Sex Abuse Litigation
Levy Konigsberg is a U.S. News “Best Law Firms” ranked trial practice known for litigating complex sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful defendants. Some of our work in this area includes:
- Millions of dollars in compensation recovered for survivors across the country, including those in states where survivor-centric laws created temporary filing windows.
- Award-winning recognition from peers and the media, including coverage in a NY Daily News cover story profiling our ongoing work representing women sexually abused in NY prisons.
- High-profile sexual abuse filings and litigation against powerful institutions, including the Catholic Church, state and municipal corrections departments, and universities and hospital systems that failed to protect survivors.
You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.
Call For a FREE Consultation: (800) 315-3806
Levy Konigsberg represents survivors of adult and child sexual abuse throughout Michigan and beyond. If you have questions about a potential claim and how we can help, we encourage you to contact us. Our firm offers FREE and confidential consultations and works on contingency, which means there is no up-front cost to hire our team and no fee unless we win.
To speak with a Michigan sexual abuse lawyer, call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online.
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