Child Molestation Lawsuits
The National Center for Victims of Crime estimates that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys have been sexually molested. Ninety-five percent of children who are victims of sexual abuse are molested by an individual they know and trust. This includes family members, friends, coaches, teachers, babysitters, clergy and other adults in positions of authority. Molestation of young children has occurred in schools, hospitals, medical programs, churches, Boy Scout programs, and youth sports programs where kids are supervised by adults other than their parents. Molesters typically engage in a pattern of abuse that can persist for months or even several years 10or decades.
Sexual molestation occurs in all populations of children. Children from a range of socioeconomic and educational levels, and from any racial, cultural or ethnic background may be susceptible to molestation by an adult. However, certain subgroups are more likely to be victimized, including LGBTQ youth, children in foster care, children with disabilities, homeless or runaway children, children with unstable family situations, and children who are troubled, passive and lonely. Molestation includes a variety of sexual behaviors including fondling, genital contact or any type of sexual contact, as well as non-contact behaviors such as taking pornographic pictures or showing pornographic images to children.
Only a small fraction of predators who molest children are apprehended for their crimes. This is because signs of molestation are often hard to detect and children typically do not disclose the sexual molestation for a long time after contact has ended. Nevertheless, the short and long-term consequences of molestation can be profound and traumatic. Children may experience behavioral changes, academic struggles, loss of appetite and sleep, eating disorders, withdrawal and aggression. Children may also suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, violent behaviors and early sexualization. Allegations of sexual abuse against YMCA employees goes back decades. Lawsuits have been filed against the YMCA for failing to protect children from sexual abuse.
Those who have been sexually molested can seek compensation for their emotional and psychological injuries. Victims of sexual molestation in New York were previously required to file civil lawsuits by their 23rd birthday. Under the recently passed Child Victims Act (CVA), victims may file a lawsuit until the age of 55. Initially, the CVA gave victims of sexual abuse a one-time, one-year window to file cases that were once expired due to the statute of limitations. Governor Cuomo subsequently extended the window an additional year so that it now expires on August 14, 2021.
For adults who were sexually molested as children, disclosing the molestation can be daunting, even decades later. Privacy is critical for those who have been molested and decide to file a civil lawsuit. At Levy Konigsberg, we are committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring that your case remains confidential. We provide a caring and compassionate environment to help our clients feel safe to tell their stories and seek justice against their perpetrators.
Levy Konigsberg LLP is a nationally recognized law firm that has recovered millions of dollars for victims of sexual abuse. If you or a member of your family has been the victim of sexual molestation, please contact our lawyers for a free consultation by calling 1-800-225-9825 or submit an email inquiry on this page.