Civil Lawsuits To Help Childhood Sexual Assault Victims
The state of Connecticut has an extended statute of limitations within which a person is allowed to bring a civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault or molestation. The current law states that a victim of sexual assault during childhood has 30 years from his or her 18th birthday in which to bring a claim of sexual assault during childhood.
The statute of limitations in child sexual assault cases is so long because the law reflects our society’s current understanding that victims of childhood molestation or assault often repress these memories due to embarrassment, shame or even threats of reprisal by the perpetrator of the assault.
Sexual Abuse Of Children By People In Positions Of Trust And Authority
In recent years, Connecticut has seen a number of lawsuits in which adults have brought lawsuits against churches, doctors, day care centers and the foster care system, all alleging that they suffered sexual abuse as children and the institution knew about the assault and did nothing to stop it.
The law takes such allegations very seriously, and the potential penalties against the perpetrator and the institution that employed the abuser can be extremely severe.
At the same time, civil lawsuits alleging childhood sexual abuse are complex cases that require much time, energy and resources in order to achieve a successful result.
Compassionate Advocates For Victims Of Childhood Sexual Assault
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the law firm of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., has an excellent record of success representing adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against the institutions that allowed or condoned the abuse when it was occurring.
Several attorneys at Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., are AV Preeminent or Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, and our lawyers have more than 150 years of combined experience representing injured people and their families.
If you are a parent and your child complains of sexual assault or child molestation, do not wait. Contact local law enforcement and a private attorney immediately.
What To Expect In A Civil Lawsuit Based On Childhood Sexual Assault
With every new client, we conduct a detailed interview. It is important for us to understand every detail about what happened to our client as a child, and we also need to know how our adult client recovered the memory of molestation (if the memory had been suppressed). Our attorneys then analyze the specific facts of your case to search for potentially liable parties – including the abuser and any institutions with employees who knew about the abuse but did nothing to stop it. Depending on how the case proceeds, our client may need to undergo an independent medical exam, including a psychiatric examination.
During each step of such emotionally complex cases, our attorneys make sure that our clients understand their legal options, the next steps in the process and their rights to be protected as the case proceeds.
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At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all sexual assault and child molestation cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until the victim receives a settlement or a jury award.
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