Sexual abuse, assault, or molestation can, and in most cases does, cause serious harm to one’s physical and emotional wellbeing 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 doctors, social workers, or therapists.
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 doctor, social worker, therapist, or authority figure, you may be entitled to significant damages. Our experienced legal counsel is here to fight vigorously on your behalf.
It’s troubling that individuals in positions of authority sometimes abuse their power to malicious ends. Sexual abuse, assault, or molestation are some of the ways in which individuals use their power to prey on the innocent – especially children. Predatory doctors, social workers, or therapists often use their power to both sexually assault children and manipulate them into keeping quiet. Laws in New York are changing to curb these shocking and unfortunate circumstance.
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. We strive to meet your best interests and take pride in our extensive understanding of complicated legal issues. We’re here to help in any way possible.
Our Long Island and New York City Sexual Abuse Attorneys can help obtain you the justice you deserve. You may be entitled to significant damages for the abuse you endured. Contact us today via email or by phone at (212) 661-4370 or (516) 873-9550 for a free, confidential consultation.