New York Sexual Abuse Lawyers
According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States are victims of sexual assault. The organization also notes that roughly 20 million out of 112 million women in the U.S. have been raped in their lifetime, while 28 percent of male rape victims were first sexually abused when they were 10 years old or younger.
Sadly, only 16 percent of all rapes are reported to law enforcement.
Are these statistics jarring? They should be.
If you have survived sexual abuse, know that you need not suffer alone any longer. With the compassionate support of our New York sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, you can fight back. We have years of experience representing survivors and can offer a helping hand when you need it most.
Every day, innocent people fall victim to sexual abuse, and every day, that’s one more person left scarred for life. Sexual assault is a crime that is punishable with prison time, fines, or both, but at the end of the day, victims are left with the emotional, physical, and psychological trauma that can linger for decades afterward.
If you or someone you love is a sexual abuse survivor, you may qualify for compensation. Contact our sexual abuse lawyers at (212) 779-0057 today for your free case evaluation.
The Many Faces of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide number of improper sexual offenses that are performed on an individual when they haven’t given consent or are unable to. Because of this, almost any action that can be classified as sexual abuse can result in a sexual abuse claim so that the victim can receive justice and compensation.
The following actions are frequently cited as cases of sexual abuse:
- Unwanted Touching – When a perpetrator touches someone with their hands or another object in a sexual manner that is done without consent. This is a form of sexual abuse where a victim can file a sexual abuse claim through the civil court and also try the offender in the criminal court.
- Drug-Facilitated Assault – Mostly recognized as the use of drugs to render the victim unconscious in order to sexually assault them, a.k.a. date rape.
- Intimate Partner Violence – Married couples and same-sex partners must also give consent before initiating any kind of sexual activity. Without consent, this type of behavior can be considered sexual abuse.
- Rape – Sexual contact performed without consent. A rapist can be tried in both criminal and civil courts for their actions.
This is, by no means, an extensive list of sexual abuse encounters. Even if the form of sexual abuse you suffered is not listed above, you may still qualify to file a sexual abuse claim depending on the specifics of your case.
Contact the New York sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP to explore your options.
Differences Between Civil & Criminal Court Regarding Sexual Abuse
Often, the trauma of sexual abuse can stay with the survivor for years after it has occurred, leaving them with heavy financial debts incurred as a result of treating many of the lasting physical, emotional, and mental wounds that were sustained.
But there is hope.
There are significant differences between civil and criminal court proceedings, but both can play their role in your healing process.
In short, criminal charges are meant to punish the offender for the crime that was committed. Your abuser may pay high fines to the court, serve jail time, or both. The abuser is punished and prevented to commit further damage to the community, and the fines are paid out to the criminal court.
But what about you?
Civil suits, on the other hand, focus solely on the victim of the crime and the physical harm, as well as the emotional damage, that was done. This is where true justice comes into play. In a civil suit, you have the opportunity to obtain compensation for the pain and suffering you have had to endure as a result of sexual abuse.
Whether you would like to file a criminal or civil claim against your abuser, you can depend on the experienced sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Do not hesitate to contact us today at (212) 779-0057.
Red Flags of Potential Sexual Abuse
If you suspect that your child, a family member, or a friend is enduring some form of sexual abuse, there are a few red flags that may signify your suspicions are correct, including:
- A loss of appetite
- Sudden depression or anxiety
- Social isolation
- Substance abuse
- Self-harm (or thoughts of performing self-harm)
- Diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
It is also not uncommon for victims to suffer from age regression which is when someone reverts back to social and emotional behaviors that were present right around the time the incident occurred. It is worth noting that if someone is exhibiting only one of the red flags mentioned above, it may NOT mean that they were sexually abused. However, if they are exhibiting more than one, then it may be important that you seek out professional help to uncover the true cause of these changes to their personality.
While perpetrators may not all act the same, there are a number of red flags that they may display which should not be ignored by family members concerned for the victim:
- Disrespecting a victim’s boundaries
- Discussing inappropriate topics with a victim without consent
- Showing an inappropriate amount of sexual interest in the victim
- Engaging in unwanted physical behaviors like:
- Other unwanted physical contact
There are a few steps you need to take first before reaching out to an experienced sexual abuse attorney. Be aware, however, that time is of the essence.
What You Should Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Abuse
First, start off by making sure you — or your loved one — is safe.
If your child is a victim of sexual abuse, you will want to remove him or her away from the location and situation where you believe the sexual abuse is occurring, such as:
Unfortunately, there are some religious leaders who wrongly use their influence and the trust given to them to take advantage of children within their congregation. Because of their position in society, priests, ministers, rabbis, teachers, clergy, and other religious leaders are often trusted with the care and supervision of young members.
It is under these conditions in which many children are “groomed.”
Oftentimes, families are unaware of the abuse and openly welcome the religious leader to spend time with their child, at times on a one-to-one basis.
- Inappropriate touching, contact, or fondling of children
- Drug/alcohol facilitated assault
- Forcing children to undress
- Sexual harassment
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Forced sexual acts
- Coerced sexual acts
- Rape or attempted rape
- Exposure of private parts to a victim
- Taking sexualized pictures of a child
- Sexual harassment and threats
- Showing children pornography
If you know or suspect any type of sexual abuse occurring between a family member or child and a clergy member, it is absolutely vital that you report it to the proper authorities.
Schools or academies
The demographic group of victims of school employee sexual misconduct or abuse can vary greatly. However, a number of studies have shown that low income female high school students are most likely to experience sexual abuse by a school employee.
As parents, it is important that we notice any unusual behavior in our children, including:
- Nightmares or sleeping problems
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Unusual fear of a certain person or place
- Dislikes physical contact
- Draws, writes or talks about adult sexual behaviors
Teens and adolescents may exhibit other out-of-character behaviors such as:
- Running away
- Becoming sexually promiscuous
- Using drugs or alcohol
- Appetite issues (excessive eating or dieting)
- Psychological issues (anxiety or depression)
Recognizing these cues can help parents or guardians to uncover the sexual abuse that is occurring. If you believe that your child is the survivor of abuse, it is important to:
- Maintain your composure and do NOT overreact
- Do NOT blame the victim for the abuse
- Do NOT demand details
- Do NOT minimize their experience
- Listen calmly and attentively to understand the full story
- Seek out medical care
- Notify law enforcement and the appropriate child services
- Seek assistance from trained professionals (i.e. psychologist/psychiatrist)
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a sexual predator, call us right now at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE consultation.
A friend’s house
A family member’s house
Once the victim is in a safe environment, gently ask them about what it is you suspect is happening. At first, the victim may appear to be angry about the question or even outright deny it, but do not despair. This is a normal reaction.
If they do, in fact, open up to you and confirm what you suspect, do not hesitate to contact the local authorities so that they can start the criminal investigation process. Make sure to also seek out medical care for the victim.
New York Child Victims Act
Thankfully, the New York Child Victims Act will be providing sexual abuse survivors with more time to file a suit against the perpetrator.
The New York State Legislature passed the Child Victims Act in late January 2019.
This bill eliminates the statute of limitation for prosecuting child sexual abuse crimes and filing civil lawsuits for damages against individuals, public institutions, and private institutions related to child sexual abuse.
Under the new law:
- Survivors who suffered sexual abuse as children will be able to file civil lawsuits against abusers and institutions until they are 55 years old. The previous limit of age stood at 23 years old.
- There is a one-year “lookback window” during which sexual abuse survivors of any age or time limit can come forward to seek out legal prosecution against the perpetrator.
- Victims whose cases were previously dismissed for statute of limitations reasons can bring a new lawsuit.
- Victims whose cases were previously dismissed for failing to file a notice of claim or notice of intention to file a claim against a municipality can bring a new lawsuit.
- Individuals who were abused at public institutions will now be able to file lawsuits against the organization without having to submit a notice of claim or notice of intention to file a claim.
- Survivors who suffered sexual abuse as children will be able to file felony criminal charges against the offender until they turn 28.
- Victims can seek misdemeanor charges against the offending party until their 25th birthday.
- Law enforcement will now have more time to file charges against abusers.
Enlist the aid of the New York Child Victims Act attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057.
Types of Compensation for Sexual Abuse Claims
Calculations for determining the amount of compensation you qualify for will take into account many different areas in which the victim is affected. What can make these types of cases difficult to calculate, however, is the non-economical, emotional damages that impact victims financially.
Our skilled sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP will help you get an accurate calculation of all the damages you have suffered — be it physical, emotional, or mental — in order to give you an estimate of what your case is worth.
While being compensated for sexual abuse won’t be the end of your healing process, it can help you by covering:
- Relevant medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional therapy costs
- Damages for emotional distress (e.g. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Diminished quality of life
Reach out to our caring, dedicated and experienced sexual abuse attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling us at today at (212) 779-0057 for your free case evaluation.
What a Sexual Abuse Attorney Can Do For You
Hiring an experienced sexual abuse attorney is your best chance at regaining a certain level of peace in your life, especially after suffering from such a traumatic incident.
That’s why you want a law firm that has the experience necessary to help you obtain justice and financial recovery. When you hire Hach & Rose, LLP, not only are you getting sexual abuse lawyers that know the ins-and-outs of related laws, you are also receiving the peace of mind knowing that you have advocates working in your best interest as you focus on healing.
Contact our team today at (212) 779-0057, or fill out an contact request form for your free and confidential case review.