Physical & Sexual Abuse

We provide legal support and hold the school and others accountable

Children are among the most physically and emotionally vulnerable members of our communities. When adults take advantage of a child’s vulnerability in order to engage in inappropriate contact or other sexual acts, the damage it causes can be devastating. Victims of sexual abuse often encounter a long and difficult struggle to recover from the abuse situation. Sexual abuse victims are often fearful of telling others about what occurred and sometimes even blame themselves.

Sexual Abuse

Sadly, childhood sexual abuse often involves those individuals who children should expect to trust the most, including teachers, clergy, coaches, and camp counselors. When children are abused, and when employers, supervisors and other persons who are responsible for investigating, reporting, and preventing child abuse fail to properly do so, it is essential that appropriate reporting, criminal prosecution and pursuit of civil claims be pursued so that the child/victim is supported and the abuser is held accountable under the law.

Physical Abuse

The physical abuse of children can result in serious and long-lasting emotional harm. Physical abuse occurs when one person initiates physical contact with the intent to cause harm, suffering, or injury to another person. Children are most commonly the victims of abuse, Physical abuse of children comes in many forms, including kicking, striking, beating, intentionally or recklessly injuring and improperly restraining a child. The law protects children from physical abuse through criminal prosecution. The law also permits families to seek financial compensation in civil lawsuits. This compensation can be used for support services that the child will need for the emotional recovery process.

Our Services

We regularly work with children and parents in our practice, and we help support them in many different ways. We are dedicated to helping children and will take the necessary action to protect the child’s rights and to recover compensation which will benefit the child and family. No matter who is accused of committing the abuse, whether it involves an educational or religious institution or if the abuse went unreported for several years, we are ready to support and advocate for the victim of physical and/or sexual abuse. We also seek changes in hiring policies, supervision procedures and other policies in order to minimize the risk of future abuse of children

If you or someone close to you has been the victim of abuse, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and avoid any legal limitations for filing a claim. A civil case can be filed against the abuser or any negligent third party in order to more fully compensate a family for medical and counseling expenses and emotional damages suffered by the child and incurred by parents as a result of the abuse. In addition to fighting for the victim’s rights and supporting the victim’s recovery, we will help ensure that the victim’s privacy is protected as much as possible during the legal process.

In addition to fighting for the victim’s rights and well-being, we will help ensure that the victim’s privacy is protected as much as possible during the legal process.

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