Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
In addition to employment civil rights matters, we also represent clients who have been sexually abused or assaulted outside of the employment context.
Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault. Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. And while the criminal justice system can sometimes punish the criminals who perpetrate this terrible conduct, it rarely provides the emotional or financial support needed by victims. The civil justice system allows victims to hold perpetrators accountable and seek justice not only from them but also from those who negligently allowed their abuse to occur.
Sexual abuse cases can be brought not only against the assailants themselves, but also against parties who knew or should have known that their teachers, priests, employees, or representatives were engaging in illegal sexual conduct. Employers, mental health facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, churches, summer camps, schools and colleges can all be held liable in these circumstances if they acted negligently.
Sexual abuse cases involving children can not only involve sexual activity such as fondling, intercourse or rape, but also situations where a child is shown pornography by an adult or where the adult takes inappropriate photographs of the child.
Obviously no one can undo the tremendous harm done to victims of sexual abuse. However, working with attorneys and mental health care professionals, we can do everything possible to provide victims with the financial and emotional support they need to move forward on a path toward healing and happiness.