In recent years, Connecticut has seen a number of lawsuits against churches, universities, doctors, day care centers and the foster care system. A recurring theme is that the plaintiffs 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 sexual assault — especially childhood sexual abuse that occurred long ago — are complex cases that require much time, energy and resources in order to achieve a successful result.
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the law firm of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., has an excellent record of success representing children and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in civil lawsuits against those institutions that allowed or condoned the abuse when it was occurring.
Our advocacy falls into three main categories:
The state of Connecticut extends the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits if the sexual abuse occurred during childhood. Victims have 30 years from their 18th birthday to bring a claim. The time frame is so long because the law reflects society’s current understanding that children often repress these awful memories due to embarrassment, shame or even threats of reprisal by the perpetrator. Even when they reach adulthood, it may be years before they are able to acknowledge the abuse and take legal action.
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 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 identify the potentially liable parties — not only the abuser but others within the institution who knew of the abuse and failed 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 as the case proceeds. We know that we must earn your trust.
At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.