Sexual abuse, assault, or molestation can, and in most cases does, cause serious harm to one’s physical and emotional well-being for the rest of their lives. Children are especially susceptible to sexual abuse, assault, or molestation, even by those we have come to trust, such as teachers, coaches, or school counselors. It’s troubling that individuals in positions of authority sometimes abuse their power to malicious ends. Laws in New York are changing to curb these shocking and unfortunate circumstances.
Often, victims take a long time to confront their oppressor(s) or speak out regarding their trauma. In response to the ongoing nature of the trauma, Governor Cuomo signed into law the “Child Victims Protection and Accountability Act,” or the Child Victims Act. The act extends the statute of limitations for child victims who have been sexually abused, assaulted, or molested while under the age of 18. Child victims will have the ability to make claims until they reach age of 55. Additionally, for a short window of time, any person who has been sexually abused, assaulted, or molested under the age of 18 can bring a claim against their victimizer (regardless of their age or how long ago the abuse occurred). This is why it is important to act as soon as possible by contacting an attorney with experience handling cases of sexual abuse or assault. The New York City Sexual Abuse Attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., are here to help victims in the Five Boroughs, Nassau County and Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County. If you were sexually abused, assaulted, or molested by a teacher or a coach as a child, you may be entitled to significant damages. Our experienced legal counsel is here to fight vigorously on your behalf.
Don’t be afraid to come forward. Research suggests that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 12.5 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Additionally, almost 80% of victims don’t disclose the fact that they were sexually abused, assaulted, or molested as a child until they become adults. There is no shame in confronting your trauma. Your case can be kept strictly confidential and we’ll strive to meet your best interests.
Our Long Island and New York City Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers are here to help you in any way possible. You may be entitled to significant damages for the abuse you endured. Contact us today via email or by phone at (516) 873-9550 or (212) 661-4370 for a free, confidential case evaluation.