The attorneys at Levy Konigsberg are holding accountable the institutions that employ and protect sexual predators. Please reach out to us if you have been harmed by any of the following:
The Catholic Church
Reports of sexual abuse by Catholic Church clergy date back to at least the 1950s. While there is no way of knowing the true number of clergy sexual abuse victims in the United States, a 2004 report by John Jay College identified at least 10,667 victims of reported abuse between 1950 and 2002. Of the priests involved, 44% had multiple formal allegations against them—that is, nearly half of the abusive clergy members were allowed to offend multiple times under the cover and protection of their employer, the Catholic Church. In fact, bishops and other Church leaders aggravated the rampant abuse by keeping it secret, regularly covering up reports of abuse, and reassigning accused priests to other parishes, where they would be unsuspected and have continued, unsupervised contact with children.
Boy Scouts of America
As one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been plagued by sexual abuse for almost its entire history—over a century since its founding in 1910. In the 1920s, the BSA began to keep track of predatory scout leaders. Over the next eighty years, BSA executives identified thousands of abusive scout leaders and instances of misconduct. Instead of reporting sexual abuse to parents or the police, the BSA embraced a culture of secrecy. Abusers were treated gently, allowed to leave under pretext, and in some cases permitted to eventually rejoin the program. Thus, BSA protected its own reputation, and the reputation of abusive scout leaders, rather than the safety of the vulnerable children in its care.
Hospitals, Universities, and Medical Programs
Rockefeller University, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, and others have employed and protected doctors who sexually abused patients under the guise of medical treatment. Reginald Archibald may have abused as many as 9,000 children during his 40-year tenure as a pediatric specialist at Rockefeller University Hospital. George Tyndall worked for University of Southern California Student Health Services as a gynecologist for nearly 30 years, performing abusive examinations on thousands of patients. Larry Nassar, a sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, assaulted more than 150 young women under pretext of medical treatment between 1992 and 2016. Archibald, Nassar, and Tyndall preyed on patients who were too young or inexperienced to challenge their doctor’s characterization of sexual abuse as legitimate “medical treatment.”
Schools and Youth Programs
Most victims of childhood sex abuse suffer at the hands of someone they know—frequently a teacher, coach, or other trusted adult. Abusers are often drawn to youth program settings, where they have opportunities to groom potential victims. And all too often, teachers and coaches with a history of misconduct are able to continue abusing children simply by finding a different job with a new employer. For many schools and youth programs, the easiest way to get rid of a problematic employee is to help that individual find new employment. This phenomenon—known as “passing the trash”—occurs when a school gives a positive or neutral recommendation to a former employee, despite a history of sexual misconduct. In this way, schools and other institutions work to protect abusers and themselves at the expense of children.
Our lawyers have the experience, resources, and litigation expertise to help sex abuse victims obtain justice and take on the powerful entities that have sheltered abusers. If you or your child have been harmed, please contact us for a free case evaluation by calling 1-800-988-8005 or through the form on this page.