Fighting for Sex Abuse Survivors Across New Jersey

If you or someone you love were sexually abused in New Jersey, you may be entitled to compensation.

Under New Jersey law, sexual abuse survivors have the right to recover compensation for their damages by pursuing civil claims against their abusers and/or any entities that failed to protect them. Unfortunately, institutions that face civil sex abuse lawsuits commonly treat them as major reputational and financial threats, and go to great lengths to deny, dispute, and underpay victims.

At Levy Konigsberg, we have decades of experience representing survivors in complex and high stakes sexual abuse lawsuits. Our award-winning trial lawyers have taken on some of the country’s most powerful institutions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients.

If you have a potential case, our New Jersey sexual abuse attorneys want to help. Call or contact us online for a FREE and confidential consultation.

Sex Abuse Cases We Handle

Levy Konigsberg has the experience to help survivors in sexual abuse lawsuits involving all types of institutions and circumstances, including:

Sex Abuse Suits Against New Jersey’s Catholic Dioceses

In recent years, evidence provided by court filings, public payouts, and internal record releases have shown a systemic sexual abuse problem within New Jersey’s Roman Catholic dioceses. In addition to numerous cases of clergy abuse against children, the record also shows that church leadership worked willingly for decades to conceal and cover up known abuse.

Now, Levy Konigsberg is helping survivors of New Jersey Catholic church sexual abuse hold the church accountable for their failures.

You may have a potential claim if:

  • You were abused by a priest, brother, volunteer, or other member of the Catholic Church at any time in the past.
  • The abuse took place in any of the five New Jersey Roman Catholic Dioceses (Diocese of Camden, Diocese of Trenton, Diocese of Paterson, Diocese of Metuchen, or the Archdiocese of Newark).

Learn more about New Jersey Catholic Church sex abuse claims.

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against New Jersey Juvenile Detention Centers

Levy Konigsberg has earned national recognition for our work representing former inmates who were sexually abused at jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers across the country.

Now, we’re representing a growing number of survivors who were sexually abused at juvenile detention centers across New Jersey. This includes all secure facilities, residential community homes (RCH), and transitional, substance abuse, and special needs programs currently in operation, as well as facilities and programs that are now closed.

Learn more about New Jersey juvenile detention center sex abuse lawsuits.

Sexual Abuse in New Jersey Schools

In recent years, high-profile cases have raised scrutiny over the risks of child sexual abuse in New Jersey schools and the administrators tasked with protecting students.

Unfortunately, school systems often fail to provide safe environments by neglecting to perform proper background checks on staff, inadequately handling complaints, failing to report suspected abuse to authorities, or taking steps to willfully conceal abuse. This was precisely the case in a recent series of settlements paid by the Pingry School to dozens of survivors who were abused in past decades by former faculty member Thad Alton, and a 2020 case in which a Sussex County school district agreed to pay $980,000 to a former Hopatcong Middle School student who was sexually assaulted by her teacher, Eric Strand.

As a firm with extensive experience fighting for victims of child sexual abuse, Levy Konigsberg can help survivors and families following abuse that occurred in any New Jersey public or private school.

What is the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in New Jersey?

Sexual abuse lawsuits are civil legal actions that are subject to a legal deadline known as the statute of limitations. When the statute of limitations for a claim expires, victims are no longer able to file lawsuits or recover compensation.

Fortunately, New Jersey has followed suit with other states to pass legislation that provides sexual abuse survivors – and particularly those who were abused as minors – with more time to file claims.

The statute of limitations for civil sexual abuse lawsuits under current New Jersey law is as follows:

  • Adults sexually abused or assaulted when age 18 or older have seven years from the date the abuse occurred or seven years from the date of discovery, whichever is later, to file a lawsuit.
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse (abuse that occurred when they were under the age of 18) have until the age of 55 or seven years from the date of discovery, whichever is later, to file civil lawsuits.

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

Can I Still File a Sex Abuse Claim if My Abuser Was Never Charged with a Crime?

Yes. Civil sexual abuse lawsuits are separate matters from criminal cases. They focus only on holding defendants liable for damages suffered by victims and not on the criminal guilt of an offender. Additionally, civil sex abuse lawsuits can and often are filed against institutions and entities, making them a powerful tool for holding all at-fault parties responsible for failing to protect victims.

This means that you may still have a viable civil sex abuse lawsuit 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.

Levy Konigsberg: Proven Advocacy in Sex Abuse Litigation

Levy Konigsberg is a U.S. News “Best Law Firms” ranked trial practice known nationally for litigating complex claims against powerful defendants. Our team has won landmark rulings, record settlements and verdicts, and decisions that have helped change laws and lives.

In addition to our work fighting for injured victims and families, our firm has also cultivated a reputation of success in high-stakes sexual abuse litigation. Some of our work 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 a recent 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:

Levy Konigsberg represents survivors of adult and child sexual abuse throughout New Jersey. If you have questions about a potential sex abuse 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 New Jersey sexual abuse lawyer, call or contact us online.


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