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NYC Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Seeking compensation for sexual abuse is a deeply personal choice. If that’s the route you choose, an NYC sex abuse lawyer can help you boost your chance of getting fair compensation.
Sex abuse is among the worst crimes that exist. Criminal and civil trials are often required to get justice and to protect people from the abuser’s future acts. We’ve seen churches conceal these crimes and protect the abusers involved. More recently, we’ve seen a huge number of women come forward to name their abusers in Hollywood and pro sports.
These cases have opened many eyes to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and lack of support for victims. As hard as it may be, we can help you seek compensation from the abuser—and maybe some closure, as well. An NYC sexual abuse lawyer from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP has the compassion you deserve, the resources you need, and the tenacity to take the case to court if needed.
Who Commits Sexual Abuse?
Anyone can be an abuser, but those closest to the victim are the most likely culprits. Clergy, doctors, and anyone else seen as trustworthy are common sexual abusers.
Common sexual abusers named in NYC lawsuits include the following:
- Work colleagues
- Abuse of trust by clergy
- Sexual abuse by clergy
- Healthcare workers like doctors
- Famous or powerful people, including celebrities, businesspeople, and government officials
Types of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is all too common in our society. For years, this type of assault was ignored or discounted, often because the abused was too afraid or ashamed to come forward. More recently, however, we have seen that taking an abuser to court is the best way to keep them from harming others and to make those who may be tempted to make similar assaults aware of the consequences.
Abused persons are also able to claim compensation for their losses and suffering. Many child sex abuse cases involve trusted or close abusers in positions of power over young children. Child survivors of abuse and molestation need to know that they can take legal action years after the abuse.
Sexual abuse can occur in a variety of ways. Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse or attacks of a sexual nature can constitute abuse. And anyone can be a victim. The most vulnerable are children, spouses, and medical or mental health patients because they are in the hands of trusted caretakers and loved ones.
With the support of your sexual abuse lawyer in NYC, you can hold your abuser accountable in civil court. That’s true whether or not the criminal courts found them guilty.
Sexual abuse may involve any of the following:
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Unwanted sexual advances, touching, fondling, kissing, or any sexual activity, violent or otherwise
- Voyeurism, including secretly watching others perform sexual acts or watching a non-consenting person in a sexual way
- Unwanted exposure to pornography
- Taking explicit images of an individual when the victim was unaware
- Public display of explicit images taken in a private context
- Date rape
Regarding children, everything above is included, although consent isn’t a consideration. Children cannot consent. Common NYC sex abuse crimes involving children include the following:
- Possessing child pornography
- Taking nude photos or videos of children
- Enabling or forcing children to perform sexual acts
- Exposing children to pornography
Compensation for Sexual Abuse Victims
On January 28, 2019, the New York State Legislature voted to pass the Child Victims Act, which allows child victims to seek prosecution against their abuser until the age of fifty-five in civil cases. This is a large increase from the past limit of age twenty-three. The bill also includes a one-year window for victims to file a claim, regardless of when it happened.
The goal of monetary compensation in sex abuse claims is to make a victim of sexual abuse in NYC whole to the greatest extent possible. But it can be upsetting to the victim and their family to have such trauma boiled down to a dollar amount. However, we will have to establish the amount of money you’re seeking in order to demand it in settlement negotiations or court.
A victim of sex abuse may face many costs, from therapy to lost income, and your attorney can help you account for every penny so we can get you the most compensation possible.
In a sex abuse case in NYC, you may be able to seek compensation for the following damages:
- Short- and long-term medical costs and wage loss
- Psychological and emotional therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including PTSD
- Reduced quality of life
- Lost ability to cope with work and daily activities
- Loss of society and companionship
- Reputation damage
- Punitive damages
Contact an NYC Sexual Abuse Attorney
Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP is an experienced child victims law firm. We are experts in child victims law. With the extension on the deadline to file, we can help you bring abusers to justice through legal action.
Being the victim of sexual abuse is painful. The criminal trial likely brought all that pain back to the surface. But holding the abuser accountable in civil court is important in your pursuit of fair compensation for what you’ve been through.
A qualified, experienced, and caring NYC sexual abuse lawyer can collect the right evidence and testimony to prove what happened, who the abuser is, and why you deserve compensation. Schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462). You may also fill out the online contact form at the bottom of the page.