Throughout history, sexual abuse has plagued society and affected millions of lives worldwide, and every victim and their story continues to matter. The emotional, psychological, and physical abuse and trauma that they have endured can last their lifetime. Taking the step toward justice against their abuser and any institutions that negligently allowed their abuse to take place takes great courage. We want to stand with and advocate for you or your loved one as they face this. We can help you file your claim and represent you legally so that you can see justice served and obtain financial compensation for the injuries you've endured.
The Role of Institutional Negligence in Sexual Abuse Cases
Caretakers, family members, coaches, members of the clergy, physicians, group leaders, school teachers, and others have preyed on children since the beginning of time- and they still must be held accountable. The institutions that they are part of must also be held accountable. Many institutions have known of the existence of sexual abuse amongst their members and within their walls, and have done nothing to prevent it and/or didn't take it seriously. Many institutions have negligently allowed children to fall prey to sexual predators and have not taken responsibility for their negligence.
Suing for Sexual Abuse
If you or your child were sexually abused, you may be able to file a claim to hold your abuser and the institutions that enabled them accountable. The institutions that can be held accountable may include:
- Foster care agencies
- Churches or other religious organizations and the individuals within them
- Adult/child mentoring programs
- School districts or their employees
- Scouting organizations
- Daycares or child care providers
Understanding the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Abuse Cases
The statute of limitations (i.e. the maximum amount of time allowed for a person to bring forth a lawsuit from the time of the injury/abuse) varies widely from state to state and sometimes even from claim to claim. However, you should never assume that it's been too long since your abuse for your case to be filed. While evidence can deteriorate, witness testimonies can become less reliable, and cases can be harder to prove over time- it is not impossible, especially for the lawyers at Serling & Abramson, PC.
Reasons Victims May Not Report Their Sexual Abuse
Children that have been victims of sexual abuse, in particular, struggle with wanting to report it. They may have reasons such as:
- They know their perpetrator
- They don't want to get in trouble
- They don't have physical injuries
- They're worried that law enforcement won't believe them
- They were intimate with their perpetrator or had a relationship with them
- The perpetrator didn't fully sexually assault them or were scared off before they were finished
While it's difficult for victims to come forward about their sexual abuse, they should do so as soon as possible. The likelihood of receiving justice and obtaining compensation is much higher if they report sooner.
Our legal team at Serling & Abramson, PC, has extensive experience in working with survivors of sexual abuse and we promise that anyone who reaches out to us about their abuse will be handled with respect and that anything we are told will remain confidential. We can't undo the terrible acts that were committed against you or your loved one, but we can work to hold those who committed them or negligently ignored them responsible.