Did It Happen to You?
Too Many People Have Been Hurt by the Very Institutions They Trusted.
Now, it’s time to hold these institutions accountable for what they did. But you have to take the first step.
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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
The Law Has Changed in Many States: 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 violated as minors to take legal action against the institutions that protected their abusers — even if the abuse happened decades ago. At the same time, new laws allow adults who were abused within the past few years to also have an opportunity to seek justice.
Similar laws have been passed in many other states such as New York and New Jersey.
What does that mean? It means that men and women who were physically or sexually violated by an authority figure such as a priest, teacher, coach, doctor, caregiver at a Home or facility, 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:
- Long-term care facilities & Group Homes
- Churches and other houses of worship
- Doctor offices and medical facilities
- Boy Scouts
Tragically, most of this abuse could have been prevented if only these institutions had chosen to take appropriate action against the perpetrators in order to cut off their access to the vulnerable. But that’s not what happened. Instead, to protect their precious reputations, these institutions hid the abuse. They turned a blind eye, perpetuating a vicious cycle.
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Church is perhaps one of the most egregious examples of sexual abuse. For decades, the Church covered up horrendous acts of child sexual abuse inflicted 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 locales. 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.
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.
Neglect and Abuse in Long-Term Care Facilities
Horrific reports of abuse and even death are increasingly being reported in community-based residences for adults and children with serious injuries and in long-term care facilities for adults with intellectual and development disabilities and in homes for the elderly.
Two national companies, The Mentor Network and Aveanna Healthcare, have already been exposed for inflicting extraordinary suffering on the vulnerable children and adults in their care.
These facilities were supposed to offer help for you, not become havens for abusers to take advantage of people. But the worst part? Many of these organizations cut corners and severely slashed budgets, which created a culture of hidden abuse with tragic results.
While a lawsuit cannot change the fact that a family member was abused, it can help you hold the facility accountable and protect others from being hurt by the same cycle of abuse.
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.
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.