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Choosing to seek compensation for sexual abuse in civil court is a deeply personal decision. If that’s the route you choose, an NYC sex abuse lawyer can help you maximize your chance of receiving fair compensation.
Sex abuse is among the worst crimes imaginable. Criminal and civil trials are often necessary to get justice and to protect people from the abuser’s future acts of violence. We’ve seen churches conceal these crimes and protect the abusers involved. More recently, we’ve seen an enormous number of women come forward to name their abusers in Hollywood and professional sports.
These cases have opened many eyes to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and lack of support victims often receive. As hard as it may be, we can help you seek monetary compensation from the perpetrator of the abuse—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 necessary.
Who Commits Sexual Abuse?
Anyone can be an abuser, but those closest to the victim are more often the most likely culprits. Clergy, doctors, and anyone else seen as trustworthy are common perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Common sexual abusers named in NYC lawsuits include the following:
- Work colleagues
- Abuse of trust by clergy
- Sexual abuse by clergy
- Teachers or other instructors
- Healthcare professionals
- Athletic coaches
- Famous or powerful people, including celebrities, businesspeople, and government officials
Types of Sexual Abuse
Sexual misconduct 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 confronting an abuser in court is the best way to keep them from assaulting others and to make those who may be tempted to make similar assaults aware of both the wrongness of the act and the possible consequences. Abused persons are also entitled to claim financial compensation for their losses and suffering. Many child sex abuse cases involve trusted or close abusers in positions of power over young, vulnerable 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 financially accountable in civil court, whether or not the criminal courts found him or her 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 an unconsenting 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 (sexual assault aided by alcohol or drugs)
Regarding children, everything above is included, although the victims’ consent isn’t a consideration due to their status as minors. 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
Justice and Compensation for Sexual Abuse Victims
On January 28, 2019, the New York State Legislature voted to pass the Child Victims Act, which will allow child victims to seek prosecution against their abuser until the age of fifty-five in civil cases, a significant increase from the previous 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 his or her family to have such an experience boiled down to a dollar amount. However, we will have to establish the amount of compensation you’re seeking in order to demand it in settlement negotiations or court.
A victim of sex abuse may face many costs, from emotional therapy to lost income, and your attorney can help you identify and 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 from the abuser:
- Short- and long-term medical costs and wage loss
- Psychological and emotional therapy expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Diminished 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 statute of limitations, we can help you bring those responsible for your abuse to justice by taking legal action against the abusers.
Being the victim of sexual abuse is painful, and 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 witness and expert 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.