Our dedicated legal team has been fighting on behalf of sexual abuse survivors for decades. We have the resources and experience necessary to fight for you, both in the courtroom and around the negotiating table. Trust us to handle your case. We have successfully brought to a resolution cases involving many large organizations, including the Catholic Church. You deserve to be heard. We can help you raise your voice.
Civil Lawsuits After Sexual Abuse Occurs
Even persons who have never come face-to-face with the victims of sexual assault are likely to agree that these perpetrators should be punished. However, while the criminal system in the State of Pennsylvania is set up to hand out sentences to sexual deviants it finds guilty, it was not necessarily created with victims in mind. What do we mean by this?
It is true that the Commonwealth can try a sexual predator, find them guilty and then send them to federal prison for a long time. Yet, when the criminal trial is said and done, the victim may feel in small part that justice has been done, but the emotional and perhaps physical damage that they suffered is no closer to being healed.
This is where the civil court system of PA and our experienced sexual assault lawyers come in.
We believe you, and we also deeply believe that victims deserve a tireless advocate who has their best interests in mind. When the state government fails to provide support, you can count on our legal professionals to help your voice be heard. You are strong and brave, and can stand up against those who wronged you. You can also serving as an example to the countless victims who suffer silently from the shadows; let us help you find this strength – you are not alone.
Holding Abusers & Negligent Organizations Accountable
Dangerous sexual predators seek out positions of trust and authority, roles in our society in which they can gain easy access to vulnerable children.
It’s not a coincidence that so many stories of sexual abuse come to us from our schools and churches, sports clubs and summer camps. Sexual predators are actively drawn to work in these places, where they can easily arrange one-on-one time with victims without arousing suspicion. Ultimately, these settings serve as fertile grounds for a predator.
At the same time, these trusted positions of authority allow sexual abusers to fall back on the support of the community when allegations arise. In many cases, victims who come forward to disclose sexual abuse are met by disbelief because the offender is a trusted member of the community. Many powerful roles in our society are afforded automatic trust. No one suspects a trusted priest of being a monster. But in many cases, our trust is misplaced.
Needless to say, lawsuits can also be filed against the direct perpetrators of crime, but these lawsuits are based on separate legal theories, not negligence. Civil lawsuits filed against those who commit abuse come in the form of intentional torts, civil wrongs that cause harm but are driven by the abusers intent to commit harm. Assault, battery and the intentional infliction of emotional distress are the three main intentional torts used in sexual abuse lawsuits.
Entering A New Era Of Justice For Survivors
There has never been a better time to fight for justice. Across the country, sexual abuse survivors are standing up to file personal injury lawsuits in droves, in large part because our culture has finally begun to admit that sexual abuse of both minors and adults is quite real. More than any other time in history, people around the globe are waking up to the reality of sexual abuse.
In the same breath, survivors throughout the nation have been empowered to step forward by a series of high-profile sexual abuse scandals that have brought their trauma to the forefront. The ongoing sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, along with sexual abuse scandals in Olympic level sports, has led to a wave of personal injury lawsuits.
This effort is being led by brave sexual abuse survivors who are done staying in the shadows, people young and old who are finally ready to have their voices heard. You can join them. If you or a loved one were sexually abused by a predator, you may have the right to pursue justice and financial compensation by filing a private civil lawsuit.