Sexual Abuse Attorneys in New Hyde Park
Fighting for Your Rights & for Justice
In February of 2019, New York enacted a law allowing victims of sexual
assault to seek justice against abusers and the organizations and employers
that turned a blind eye to alleged acts of abuse. Under the New York Child
Victims Act, anyone up to the age of 55 who suffered sexual abuse may
seek money damages from the person/organization found to be liable. Even
those who were previously unable to seek justice due to statutes of limitations
are now eligible to take legal action.
If you or someone you love was the victim of sexual abuse as a child, teen,
or adult, our New Hyde Park sexual abuse attorneys are here to help. At
The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP, we will work directly with you to understand the details of your case
without invading your personal life. Our goal is to help you understand
your full legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve.
Don’t miss your opportunity to seek justice during this limited,
Contact The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP online or by phone at
(855) 465-4622 for a free consultation.
What Is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is not limited to rape. Many people do not realize that what
they experienced was, in fact, sexual abuse and, therefore, many instances
go unreported. However,
any sexual act that occurs without consent is a form of sexual abuse. This
includes unwanted touching, rape, or any sexual activity that occurs when
one individual is unable to give consent due to age, intoxication, or
any other factor.
Sexual abuse is
never the victim’s fault.
Understanding Your Rights
Sexual abuse is a crime, and anyone convicted of such an offense is subject
to criminal penalties, such as jail time and mandatory sex offender registration.
In addition to criminal proceedings, victims of sexual abuse can take
civil action against their abuser and, in some cases, the organization
that harbored them. Under New York’s Child Victims Act, the statute
of limitations on these cases has been lifted from one to five years beginning
on the victim’s 18th birthday to anyone up to the age of 55. Additionally, the law’s
one-year “look-back” period allows those whose claims had
already expired under the state’s old statute of limitations to
file a claim before August 14, 2020.
What Does a Civil Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Do?
Like a personal injury claim, a civil lawsuit against an abuser or an abuser’s
employer or another liable party allows you to seek monetary compensation
for damages you suffered as a result of the abuse.
These damages may include things like:
- Medical expenses associated with the abuse
- Therapy costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Punitive damages
Under the new law, victims can not only file a lawsuit against the abuser
but also against the organization that knew of or should have known of
the abuse. This includes organizations such as churches, schools, after-school
programs, recreational sports organizations, and more.
How Our Firm Can Help
For victims, the aftermath of sexual abuse is extensive and long-lasting;
no amount of financial recovery can ever undo what you have been through
or the challenges you have faced as a result of the abuse. At The Russell
Friedman Law Group, LLP, we understand this. We also understand that a
successful civil action against your abuser or the liable organization
can bring a much-needed sense of justice.
Our New Hyde Park sexual abuse attorneys can help you understand your rights
under the New York Child Victims Act, including your right to seek justice
and the fair recovery you deserve. We understand the importance of discretion
and confidentiality in these types of cases—all attorney-client
communications at our firm are always kept entirely confidential.
Most importantly, our attorneys have the experience your case needs. Throughout
our years in practice, our attorneys have handled numerous sexual abuse
injury cases and have recovered multiple seven-figure settlements and
verdicts for our clients.
Reach out to us today for a complimentary consultation.