Churches, Schools, Foster Care – Far Too Many Hid Sexual Abuse Within Their Ranks.

Even If Decades Ago, You May Still Be Able To Hold Them Accountable.

Many of these institutions turned a blind eye to sexual abuse. Lawsuits are the only way to fight back, help expose the cover up and protect others.

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California Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

The Law Has Changed: If You Were Abused Decades Ago, You May Still Be Able to Seek Justice.

In 2020, a new law went into effect in California that allows people who were sexually abused as children to file lawsuits even if the abuse happened decades ago. At the same time, adults who were abused within the past few years may also have an opportunity to seek justice.

What does that mean? It means that men and women who were sexually abused by an authority figure such as a priest, teacher, coach, doctor, foster parent, Scout Master (and so on) now have the opportunity to hold these organizations accountable for covering up known, systemic sexual abuse.

Some of these entities include:

  • Boy Scouts
  • Camps
  • Church and other houses of worship
  • Doctors
  • Foster care system
  • Schools

Abuse could have been prevented if these organizations had chosen to take appropriate action against the abusers in order to cut off their access to those people who were hurt by them. But that’s not what happened. Instead, to protect their precious reputations, these organizations hid the abuse. When it happened, they turned a blind eye, perpetuating a vicious cycle.

Now, it’s time to hold these institutions accountable for what they did. But you have to take the first step. Contact us today to learn how you can take your power back by filing a lawsuit.

The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is perhaps one of the most egregious examples of sexual abuse being  hidden. For decades, the Church covered up horrendous acts of child sexual abuse by numerous priests by quieting rumors of abuse and moving accused priests to different parishes. Sadly, in many instances, the priests continued to abuse in their new parish. And the cycle continued.

That is, until after decades of silence the Spotlight team at The Boston Globe (as dramatized in the film Spotlight) busted the scandal wide open. Their groundbreaking series of articles on the Catholic Church’s cover up of sexual abuse brought the issue into the forefront.

Now, we are working with men and women who were abused to seek justice and hold the Catholic Church accountable.

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Abuse by Doctors

It’s hard to believe someone you think you can trust, like your doctor, could be capable of sexual abuse. Yet, we have seen far too many examples of how doctors have betrayed a patient’s trust. Some recent examples include Dr. Larry Nassar, who abused numerous young gymnasts under the guise of conducting routine medical examinations.

Nassar isn’t the only one. Dr. Robert Hadden, formerly affiliated with New York-Presbyterian Columbia Hospital, has been accused of abuse by dozens of women. Dr. Robert E. Anderson, formerly associated with the University of Michigan, has been accused of abuse by around 100 former athletes. And we know the list doesn’t end there.

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Abuse in the Foster Care System

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, children in foster care are four times more likely to be sexually abused than children who are not in foster care. And sadly, the abuse knows no discrimination: both girls and boys can suffer from sexual abuse.

With the new laws in California, people who were abused as children in foster care now have the opportunity to come forward and seek justice. While nothing can change what happened, filing a lawsuit can help expose what happened and help protect others from being hurt.

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Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America, founded in 1910, may have been sexually abusing children since 1919. In fact, when the organization’s abuse and related cover-up came to light, the Boy Scouts had amassed at least 1,900 files and 3,000 case summaries of sexual abuse ranging from 1947 to 2005. These files, coined the “perversion files,” were used internally. What did the Boy Scouts do with the information? Well, they didn’t tell the police. Typically, they didn’t do anything at all. Instead, when push came to shove, it appears as if they allowed the molesters to depart easily and quietly, only to reappear in another troop or state and to continue to sexually abuse the young boys that the Boy Scouts were supposed to build up, not tear down.

By coming forward, you can help expose the cover up and hold the Boy Scouts accountable. Contact us to learn how.

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Schools and Other Entities

Sadly, the stories of abuse don’t stop there. Other organizations and entities people thought they could trust, likes schools, camps and other places of worship, have also been accused of covering up systemic child sexual abuse.

And the list doesn’t end there – so much abuse happened in the shadows, it’s virtually impossible to keep track of everything. Even though these horrors happened, there may be something you can do about it, even now.

Contact us to learn how you can help hold these organizations accountable for covering up abuse by filing a lawsuit.

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