While every victim’s story is unique, the patterns of systemic abuse and institutional indifference are similar. For decades, Clergy, Scout leaders, caretakers, coaches, physicians, childcare workers, public and private school teachers, and other adults have preyed upon children. Many times their organizations had a history of child abuse or knew of its existence in groups similar to their own. They did not take the abuse seriously and act to prevent the abuse. A multitude of institutions negligently allowed thousands of children to fall prey to sexual predators.
The emotional, physical, and psychological trauma that comes from being a victim of sexual abuse can last a lifetime, and obtaining justice against an abuser takes courage.
Many victims of sexual abuse experience symptoms long after the abuse has ended, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, difficulty forming relationships of trust and intimacy, and even thoughts of suicide. Often victims struggle with addiction, have difficulty with their marriages, in school, and their careers.
Victims of sexual abuse and misconduct are able to file civil lawsuits to recover compensation for their injuries due to the wrongdoing of others. We are working diligently to file sexual abuse and misconduct cases around the country so our clients have access to the justice that they so rightly deserve.
If you or your child were sexually abused you may be able to file a case to hold the perpetrators and the institutions that enabled and protected them accountable for the abuse and trauma you endured and its lasting effects.