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Childhood Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: Expert Legal Help

At Levy Konigsberg, we are committed to seeking justice for those who have experienced sexual abuse, either as children or as adults. As much as individual abusers, the institutions that conceal the actions of perpetrators and protect them from criminal and civil punishment can be held accountable for failing to safeguard the health and safety of victims.

With the recent passage of legislation that extends the statute of limitations and provides a “look-back period” for victims of sexual abuse, survivors have an unprecedented opportunity to seek redress for their injuries. If you have been harmed by any of the following institutions, please let us help you pursue compensation for your injuries.

 

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Childhood Sexual Abuse Statute of Limitations

Many victims of sexual violence do not initially report the abuse because they are embarrassed, ashamed or afraid to reveal that they have been abused. By the time they come forward, survivors may no longer be permitted to file lawsuits because the statute of limitations has expired. Several states, in addition to New York and New Jersey, have passed laws to extend the statute of limitations and allow survivors to seek compensation for their injuries many years after the abuse occurred. In California, the State Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Bill 1619 on September 29, 2018, which extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse survivors from two years to ten years after the last episode of abuse. In Connecticut, survivors have until age the 58 to file a lawsuit for sexual abuse, exploitation, or assault that occurred before the age of 18. In Massachusetts, meanwhile, survivors have until the age of 63 to file suit or, in cases of survivors who did not previously realize they were injured, within 7 years of the date they discovered or reasonably should have discovered their injury. Other states, including North Carolina, are considering legislation that would similarly extend the statute of limitations for sex abuse cases to allow all victims a day in court.

Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Nationwide

Levy Konigsberg is a sexual abuse litigation firm with a nationwide reputation and presence. We have offices in several states beyond New York, and we can assist with a sexual abuse lawsuit anywhere, including:

 

We specialize in sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful institutions, including prisons, clergy, and juvenile detention centers.


We work on contingency, which means there’s no cost to hire and no fee unless we win.

Understanding the Effects of Sexual Abuse

Many adults and children who have suffered sexual abuse experience long-lasting and profound psychological, emotional, and physical trauma. While no two victims are the same, most individuals experience stress, fear, anxiety, depression and difficulty conducting daily activities following the assault. Other victims might engage in self-mutilation and substance abuse or attempt suicide. Victims of sexual abuse also report social isolation, strained relationships with family, and risk-taking behaviors. Individuals who have been sexually abused as children may experience additional psychological and emotional problems because children often develop negative self-image and blame themselves for abuse. In many cases, sexually abused children have difficulties that last well into adulthood including difficulty forming relationships and issues with intimacy and trust.

Sexual Abuse Recovery and Compensation

Many adults and children who have suffered sexual abuse experience long-lasting and profound psychological, emotional, and physical trauma. While no two victims are the same, most individuals experience stress, fear, anxiety, depression and difficulty conducting daily activities following the assault. Other victims might engage in self-mutilation and substance abuse or attempt suicide. Victims of sexual abuse also report social isolation, strained relationships with family, and risk-taking behaviors. Individuals who have been sexually abused as children may experience additional psychological and emotional problems because children often develop negative self-image and blame themselves for abuse. In many cases, sexually abused children have difficulties that last well into adulthood including difficulty forming relationships and issues with intimacy and trust.

Cases of LK Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Below is a short overview of the different kinds of sexual abuse cases LK specialize in:

Boy Scout Sexual Abuse

The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the largest youth organizations in the country with almost 110 million Americans participating in its programs. The BSA has been linked to claims of sexual abuse by its members for decades. Recent reports reveal that, from 1944 to 2016, the BSA fostered sexual abuse by 7,819 suspected abusers against a staggering 12,254 child victims. Many of the lawsuits filed by former BSA members allege that BSA officials failed to take reasonable steps to protect scouts from foreseeable dangers of sexual abuse. Scout leaders were often encouraged to resign quietly or were simply moved by the organization to different locations. New laws extending the statute of limitations in many states are expected to result in hundreds of additional lawsuits against the BSA by adults who were sexually abused as children.

Rideshare Sexual Abuse

While ride share services provide cheap and accessible transportation, claims of sexual assault by passengers in Uber and Lyft cars have raised concerns about the hiring practices of these services. Lawsuits initiated by victims of sexual assault claim that Uber and Lyft failed to implement adequate safety checks when hiring drivers, including relying on third-party screening services that do not include fingerprint checks. Despite mounting pressures, ride share companies have resisted implementing more thorough background checks. In some cases, passengers have accused ride share companies of allowing drivers with known criminal background checks to continue to work for them. Passengers who have been sexually assaulted may assert claims for assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and false imprisonment.

Sex Trafficking Lawsuits

There are about 24.9 million victims affected by human trafficking all over the world whereby traffickers harness them for labor and commercial sex in diverse industries. Human trafficking is another type of trafficking that involves forcing people into sexual acts through threats, and includes children under 18 engaging in prostitution. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) as well as the RICO statute provide businesses involved in sex trafficking with both criminal and civil liability. In recent years, there have been numerous lawsuits against companies such as hotels, motels including massage parlors accusing them of being complicit in trafficking cases. These lawsuits claim businesses failed to protect patrons through adequate surveillance, security, training, and reporting systems. Some leading hotel chains have faced several lawsuits and paid huge financial settlements regarding allegations that they allowed prostitution on their premises. Hotels must be equipped with comprehensive anti-trafficking protocols, train employees, and work closely with law enforcement agencies to avoid exposure to civil liability. Levy Konigsberg (LK) is a firm specializing in handling sex trafficking claims which strives for optimal results while maintaining confidentiality of its clients’ details; hence victims are encouraged to call them for free private case evaluation purposes.

Sexual Abuse in Care Homes

Allegations of sexual abuse by a health care worker against a comatose woman in a long-term care facility in Arizona brought national attention to the dangers of sexual assault in residential care homes. Sexual abuse by health care workers in long-term care facilities, group homes or private homes can be especially egregious given the vulnerable state of residents in such settings. Many of them are elderly or have significant mental or physical impairments which enable abusers to commit assaults without others being aware of the abuse. The operators of the group home or the company that hires home health workers are responsible for employing policies that ensure the safety of their residents and clients.

Nursing home abuse is a pervasive issue affecting a significant portion of elderly individuals in the US, with statistics indicating widespread mistreatment including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Residents often suffer underreporting due to fear of retaliation or communication barriers, highlighting the extensive nature of the problem. Legal protections, including state laws and the Nursing Home Reform Act, hold facilities accountable for neglect or abuse, providing avenues for victims to seek compensation for medical expenses, punitive damages, and suffering. Wrongful death lawsuits are also viable in cases where abuse results in fatalities, ensuring justice for victims and their families.

Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church

Allegations of sexual abuse against religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church date back to the 1950s. The scope of abuse is so vast that numbers of perpetrators and victims are difficult to assess. However, according to some reports, the Catholic Church has paid out nearly $4 billion to approximately 9,000 survivors since the 1980s. One on the most shocking aspects of the sexual misconduct by members of the clergy is the extent to which the Church deliberately concealed, covered up, and dismissed allegations of abuse, even going so far as destroying documents that could have been used to prosecute perpetrators and prevent future abuse of other children.

We are also dealing with the following clergy and more:

Sexual Abuse on Cruise Ships and Airlines

The incidence of sexual assault aboard cruise ships and airlines has risen with alarming frequency. Air and sea carriers are obligated to keep passengers safe- this includes hiring individuals with clean records, monitoring their vessels for misconduct, and taking steps to stop and report sexual abuse. The FBI recently found that sexual assault in air travel increased by 66 percent between 2014 and 2017. Similarly, sexual assault is the most frequent crime aboard cruise ships. When sexual assault is committed on planes or ships, the victims may be ignored, advised to stop pursuing the matter, or simply subjected to a biased investigation. Supervisors on ships and planes may not be equipped to handle claims of sexual assault or apprehend the perpetrators while isolated from local law enforcement.

Sexual Abuse by Doctors

The sexual misconduct of Dr. Reginald Archibald in Rockefeller University Hospital have raised the question of doctors’ sexual abuse and the liability of their employers. Examples include class suits against Universities such as the University of South California and Ohio State among others where patients went unprotected and risk factors were not identified on time. Survivors are represented by Levy Konigsberg who sues both culprits and institutions that neglect their duties. Prominent examples concern physicians like Dr Robert Hadden, Dr Ricardo Cruciani, Darius Paduch, Zhi Alan Cheng, Richard Kauff, Stuart Copperman among others. If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician, such as the following, call Levy Konigsberg for a confidential free case evaluation now.

Sexual Abuse in the Entertainment Industry

In the wake of revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse of dozens of female actresses, hundreds of victims of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry have felt empowered to tell their stories. Sexual assault in entertainment affects actors, actresses, models, musicians and their employees. Abusive behavior by high-profile celebrities includes anything from inappropriate sexual gestures to rape. Victims have reported cooperating or maintaining their silence out of fear of being blacklisted. Children are especially vulnerable to abuse by entertainment executives since they are often not supervised by parents. Sexual abuse in entertainment is a crime not unlike other sex crimes; the perpetrators, and those who were aware of the abuse and concealed it, can be held liable for their actions.

Sexual Abuse in Foster Care Homes

Sexual abuse is an unfortunate reality for a significant portion of children in individual foster care or group homes. Children who are placed in group homes are 28 times more likely to incur sexual abuse than those living in other types of settings. Unfortunately, the circumstances of foster care allow such abuse to go undetected and unreported for long periods of time. Children, many of whom are already traumatized by circumstances in their birth homes, often do not have a trusted adult to rely upon and may feel insecure to reveal abuse to others for fear of retribution or expulsion from their current living situation. Group homes, often operated by state or local governments, may be especially poorly staffed and supervised – conditions that foster sexual abuse of vulnerable children.

Sexual Abuse in Hotels and Motels

Claims of sexual abuse in the hospitality industry have been brought by both guests at hotels and motels as well as employees who work at these places of business. Hotel guests have alleged breaches of trust and security by hotel employees or other guests that have resulted in sexual attacks. Similarly, housekeepers have claimed that sexual assault by hotel guests has caused them to experience fear while performing their jobs. Several states have enacted laws requiring hotel operators to install panic buttons for housekeeper use when they fear that an assault is imminent. Housekeepers are among a growing group of low wage workers that maintain that large establishments do not have adequate measures in place to prevent or stop sexual harassment and sexual abuse of their employees.

Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Detention Centers and Residential Treatment Facilities

If you were sexually abused while housed at a juvenile detention facility (JDC) or residential treatment facility (RTF), you may have grounds to pursue legal action and financial recovery. Investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice have exposed a long-standing issue of staff-on-inmate abuse in youth detention facilities, with evidence that both private and public operators have enabled such abuse through cultures of silence and cover-ups. New laws in several states now provide survivors with opportunities to seek justice. Levy Konigsberg, an award-winning trial practice, is actively seeking compensation for hundreds of victims abused at juvenile detention centers nationwide. Our firm represents sexual abuse survivors in claims against public and private prison systems, with a team of experienced attorneys and resources to support survivors across the country. We are currently investigating potential claims from various states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, New York, and others. Reports from the DOJ have documented alarmingly high rates of sexual victimization in juvenile detention centers, highlighting the need for accountability. Recent groundbreaking laws have extended the statute of limitations for filing claims, giving survivors more time to seek justice. Levy Konigsberg has extensive experience with these expanded statutes and is prepared to help survivors evaluate their cases. If you were sexually abused by a guard, counselor, volunteer, or staff member at a juvenile detention facility, you may have a case even if your abuser was never criminally charged or is no longer alive. Civil lawsuits allow survivors to recover damages for medical and mental health expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.

Sexual Abuse at Other Religious Organizations

Attorneys at Levy Konigsberg are committed to representing survivors of sexual abuse in religious organizations, offering legal assistance to those who were abused as children by other religious leaders. New laws enable adults to file lawsuits against any religious entities for past abuse. The firm specializes in holding powerful institutions accountable, providing legal services on a contingency basis. Aside from the Catholic Church, they handle cases involving various religious organizations, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Southern Baptist Church, and the Mormon Church, aiming to secure justice and compensation for victims while addressing systemic issues of cover-ups and negligence by religious institutions.

LK is dealing with several cases, including the the following:

Sexual Abuse by Police

Sexual misconduct by police officers is a systemic issue highlighted by a recent case in New York City, where two officers were charged with raping an 18-year-old woman in custody, leading to a new law classifying such acts as third-degree rape. Research shows that an officer is accused of sexual misconduct every five days, with many cases involving minors. Police officers hold significant power, which can be abused, often targeting vulnerable individuals like domestic violence survivors and drug users. Victims face fear and intimidation, making reporting difficult. Levy Konigsberg offers nationwide representation for victims seeking justice and compensation for such abuses. Contact us for a free confidential consultation.

Sexual Abuse in Psychiatric Hospitals

Years of documentation and court filings have shown that children and adults in psychiatric hospitals are routinely subject to sexual abuse by mental health providers. Private and state-operated psychiatric hospitals across the nation have failed to prevent psychiatrists, counselors, and other mental health care workers from using their positions to abuse vulnerable patients. Now, a growing number of survivors are taking advantage of survivor-friendly legislation to seek justice against these institutions. Levy Konigsberg, a nationally ranked trial practice, has a legacy of litigating sexual abuse lawsuits and has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for survivors. Our psychiatric hospital sexual abuse lawyers are known for handling complex civil claims. States like California, Washington, Maryland, Illinois, and Arkansas have seen high-profile cases where psychiatric hospitals were held liable for staff-on-patient sexual abuse. Groundbreaking laws in many states have extended or eliminated the statute of limitations for filing claims, providing survivors with new opportunities for justice.

Sexual Abuse in Schools

Most incidents of sexual abuse against children are committed by trusted adults, such as teachers. Abuse by school teachers and staff often persists for long periods of time because children are afraid to speak up against their abuser, or feel ashamed, embarrassed, or responsible for the egregious acts of adults they believed to be trustworthy. Schools and universities are entrusted with the care of children and young adults and are responsible for providing a safe and secure environment. An educational institution that negligently hires or supervises its staff, or takes no action upon learning of sexual misconduct, fails to fulfill its duty to its students. Title IX, which prohibits sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape on college campuses may serve as an additional basis for liability of higher educational institutions.

Sexual Abuse in Spas and Massage Parlors

Almost 200 clients of Massage Envy have filed reports of sexual abuse while receiving massages at the popular massage chain. Poor policies for handling sexual abuse at the massage chain have led some victims to feel inadequately protected. For example, the company does not require franchises to report sexual assaults to local law enforcement and does not maintain a uniform policy for dealing with sexual assault. Each franchise is responsible for its own investigations, thus allowing some perpetrators to remain employed at their jobs. When an employer is aware that a masseuse sexually assaulted customers at a previous job and hires him anyway, he can be found liable for negligent hiring. Some massage parlors even engage in human (sex) trafficking, where they exploit victims to engage in commercial sexual activity. Owners and operators of massage parlors owe a duty of care to employ and monitor staff in a manner that ensures the safety of all customers.

Sexual Abuse at Summer Camps

Almost 200 clients of Massage Envy have filed reports of sexual abuse while receiving massages at the popular massage chain. Poor policies for handling sexual abuse at the massage chain have led some victims to feel inadequately protected. For example, the company does not require franchises to report sexual assaults to local law enforcement and does not maintain a uniform policy for dealing with sexual assault. Each franchise is responsible for its own investigations, thus allowing some perpetrators to remain employed at their jobs. When an employer is aware that a masseuse sexually assaulted customers at a previous job and hires him anyway, he can be found liable for negligent hiring. Some massage parlors even engage in human (sex) trafficking, where they exploit victims to engage in commercial sexual activity. Owners and operators of massage parlors owe a duty of care to employ and monitor staff in a manner that ensures the safety of all customers.

Sexual Abuse in Women’s Prisons

Almost 200 clients of Massage Envy have filed reports of sexual abuse while receiving massages at the popular massage chain. Poor policies for handling sexual abuse at the massage chain have led some victims to feel inadequately protected. For example, the company does not require franchises to report sexual assaults to local law enforcement and does not maintain a uniform policy for dealing with sexual assault. Each franchise is responsible for its own investigations, thus allowing some perpetrators to remain employed at their jobs. When an employer is aware that a masseuse sexually assaulted customers at a previous job and hires him anyway, he can be found liable for negligent hiring. Some massage parlors even engage in human (sex) trafficking, where they exploit victims to engage in commercial sexual activity. Owners and operators of massage parlors owe a duty of care to employ and monitor staff in a manner that ensures the safety of all customers.

Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports

Coaches play an instrumental role in the lives of young children in organized sports. The nature of the athlete-coach relationship often places children in situations where they come in frequent close contact with coaches, often while no other adults are present. If a youth sports organization fails to maintain the safety and well-being of athletes, both the coach and the organization may be held liable. In many cases, coaches and teachers with a history of sexual misconduct are quietly removed from their jobs by employers, who fear liability, and go on to accept other positions working with children where new employers are unaware of their history of misconduct. In this way, perpetrators continue to prey on new victims.

Trust Levy Konigsberg's Legal Team for Proven Results in Sexual Abuse and Negligence Cases

Levy Konigsberg LLP, a nationally recognized law firm, has built a legacy over three decades, recovering over $3 billion in sexual abuse compensation for clients. Led by award-winning sexual abuse lawyers, we specialize in representing survivors in sexual abuse across the country, taking on powerful institutions. Our top-rated trial practice handles all types of sexual abuse or negligence cases, showcasing numerous testimonials and successful case results. You can learn more about our latest sexual abuse work on our blog.

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