Victims of sexual abuse can suffer a lifetime of physical and emotional damage that can affect how they live their lives. While the criminal justice system can punish the perpetrators for their heinous acts, the civil court can help victims achieve justice by holding the perpetrators liable for monetary damages such as lost income, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
Recently, California enacted a statute that gave 3 years for individuals who were the victims of sexual abuse to file their claims. Until this time, time-barred by the statute of limitations ( a way of saying how long you have to bring a lawsuit), it’s called retroactivity of the law. Essentially it says, “we are going to allow it for everyone, not just people going forward.”
This is a big step in a statute of limitations. Generally, if there is a change, they’re going to say, this affects people going forth, under new law people that perpetrate these crimes on children, they shouldn’t get a free pass because someone doesn’t want to talk about it when they’re 19 or 21. The new law will increase the time for people to file a suit from whenever it happened until the day they turn 40 or five years from the discovery of the abuse to file civil lawsuits.
Under the law, victims also have a three-year “look-back window” starting in January 2020 in which sexual abuse claims that have since passed the statute of limitations can be pursued. Courts will also be allowed to triple the amount of damages awarded to a victim if there was an attempted cover-up.
You have the right to bring a case upon the perpetrator, both civilly and criminally. For these types of cases where the conduct is so reprehensible. Cases involving priests, doctors, camp counselors, boy scout leaders, coaches, people who are supposed to be the pillars of our community, have been able to escape justice. They’ve been able to escape criminal penalties because of the statute of limitations. As we start to get more progressive and states begin coming on-board with granting a couple of years of reprieve, it’s essential to act. Not just for yourself, not only for compensation but as we move forward and with our next generation, it’s going to be see something, say something. They are going to know that there’s going to be accountability that you are going to be brought to justice. That is no longer a place where pedophiles can evade prosecution only because they’re not worried about their victims telling on them. Those days are over.
Girardi Keese attorneys are helping victims of child sexual abuse seek justice and compensation from the institutions that failed to protect them. Including churches, summer camps, schools, religious organizations, and youth recreation organizations like the Boy Scouts of America.
Although it is impossible to undo the disgusting acts, victims can receive compensation for the psychological and psychiatric treatment needed in the recovery process.
If you or a loved one are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, suffered at a church, summer camp, youth recreation program, school, religious organization, or other institution, we may be able to help you recover compensation for the physical and psychological pain your abuse has caused.
Girardi Keese attorneys have the experience and expertise required to sensitively, discreetly, and effectively handle your case. Contact us today for a free, confidential, and no-risk case evaluation to learn more about how we may be able to help you. 800-401-4530
Girardi Keese attorneys have represented victims assaulted and/or abused in the following types of institutions:
- Patients abused by doctors, nurses, or hospital or medical staff
- Child abuse by priests, ministers, or other religious institution personnel
- Boys and girls abused by leaders in community organizations
- Abused dependent adults in mental health facilities and nursing homes
- Abuse of children by teachers or school employees or administrators in public and private schools
- Sexual assault of women in college settings like dorms, fraternity or sorority houses
- Sexual violence in the workplace
Sexual assault and abuse cases require careful investigation. Collection of facts, witnesses, and precise preparation by experienced sexual assault attorneys. Attorneys who are familiar with how to represent abuse victims successfully and are compassionate to the needs of the clients.
If you or your child has been the victim of sexual abuse in California, our attorneys can help you hold the negligent party liable for their actions and recover your entitled compensation.
All information you submit will remain confidential, and the initial conversation is free.
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