Nevada Juvenile Detention Center Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

Fighting for Survivors Sexually Abused in Nevada Youth Detention Facilities

For decades juvenile detention centers across Nevada have been home to the kinds of staff-on-inmate violence and sexual abuse that we never could have imagined. According to public reports and investigations, Nevada centers like Rite of Passage – Silver State Academy and Never Give Up Youth Healing Center, which were meant to be places for youth to turn their lives around, have instead contributed to the growing epidemic of sexual violence against children. 

Finally, survivors are stepping forward and forcing these facilities to take responsibility for the victimization that they experienced. And with the passage of SB203, the statute of limitations has been waived in many circumstances related to sexual abuse against minors. 

If you or someone you love was an inmate in a Nevada juvenile detention facility and experienced sexual abuse, Levy Konigsberg can help you in your fight for justice. We can help you find out what your compensation options are, and get you everything you deserve. 

Levy Konigsberg is a nationally recognized trial practice with a legacy of litigating sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful institutions, public and private prison systems, and juvenile detention centers. We serve survivors statewide and offer FREE and confidential consultations. Call (800) 315-3806 or contact us online to speak with a lawyer. 

History of Sexual Abuse at Rite of Passage – Silver State Academy

Interviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics research have found an alarming amount of sexual abuse that occurred at the Rite of Passage – Silver State Academy, including: 

  • 17.7% of youth experienced some form of sexual abuse by a staff member of the facility, nearly three times the national average among the nearly 200 facilities studied. 
  • 12.6% of youth experienced use of force in sexual abuse involving a staff member.

Specific reports related to Rite of Passage – Silver State Academy include:

  • In September 2002, a group leader at the school was criminally charged with having sexually assaulted three teens under his care, with these acts occurring between August and December 2001. 

History of Sexual Abuse at Never Give Up Youth Healing Center

Never Give Up Youth Healing Center, in Nye County was a center for children with behavioral and psychological conditions that operated from 2016 until May of 2023. 

At that time, its license was revoked by both the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance and the Nevada Department of Health and Human Safety, with all of the remaining youth then in the facility being transferred to other facilities or home. 

Criminal charges were made against staff at the facility related to sexual and physical abuse, and additional reports reveal more about the horrific conditions at the facility. Examples include:

Others commented on the abysmal state of the facility and its procedures for protecting the youth in its care. 

It was not only staff who were accused of sexually abusing youth in the care of Never Give Up, however. The staff was also accused of failing to provide adequate protection for youth in regards to sexual abuse by other youth in the facility. 

  • In July 2020, an 11-year-old and his guardian filed suit after claiming that Never Give Up failed to adequately protect him when he was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a 16-year-old fellow resident. 

We’re Investigating Juvenile Detention Center Sexual Abuse Cases Across Nevada

Levy Konigsberg is actively investigating claims from current and former youth inmates who were sexually abused by staff at youth detention facilities across Nevada. This includes those facilities (both currently in operation and closed) with a history of documented or suspected sexual abuse and complaints, including: 

  • Rite of Passage – Silver State Academy
  • Never Give Up Youth Healing Center
  • Red Rock Academy
  • Rite of Passage – Sierra Sage Treatment Center (a.k.a. Sierra Sage Academy)
  • Willow Springs Center
  • Seven Hills Behavioral Health Hospital

Do I Have a Case?

You may have grounds to file a civil suit if:

  • You were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, or other juvenile detention center staff member
  • The abuse occurred at any juvenile detention center in Nevada

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors in civil lawsuits with the intent of holding juvenile detention center operators accountable for their failure to protect their youth inmates and to stop abusive staff members.

These are civil claims, which are separate from any criminal proceedings that may arise from the abuse and therefore can still be pursued even if your abuser was never charged with or convicted in a criminal court and even if they are now deceased. 

Nevada’s Statute of Limitations for Civil Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

In 2021, Nevada passed the historic SB203, which eliminated the statute of limitations for claims against a perpetrator of sexual abuse and extended the statute of limitations up to age 38 for claims against certain third parties other than the perpetrator. 

Thus, under current Nevada law, survivors of childhood sexual abuse may bring their claims against a person or organization who facilitated that abuse until they are age 38.

Determining the statute of limitations in your case can be challenging, which is why it is best to have your matter evaluated personally by an attorney. At Levy Konigsberg, our award-winning team has extensive experience representing survivors in sexual abuse lawsuits against many powerful defendants and institutions, and can help you understand the statute of limitations in your case.

What Damages Can I Recover in a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

A civil suit against an individual or organization allows you the opportunity to claim financial compensation in the form of: 

  • Past medical and mental health expenses
  • Future mental health expenses (therapy, medications, etc.)
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and psychological harm
  • Lost income
  • Other economic and non-economic losses

Specific restrictions and regulations may apply to your case. Contact Levy Konigsberg to find out more about your options and how you can hold your abuser accountable for what they’ve put you through. 

Call for a FREE Consultation: (800) 315-3806

Levy Konigsberg is a top-rated trial practice that’s recovered over $3 billion in verdicts and settlements, including millions in compensation for victims of sexual abuse.

We’ve built a legacy fighting for survivors in high stakes claims across the country and are available to discuss how we can use our experience and resources to fight for you.

Contact Levy Konigsberg if you were a victim of sexual abuse while housed in a youth detention facility in Nevada. We are here to help and there’s no fee unless we win. 


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