Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault
Perpetrating sexual violence is a human rights violation. If you are the survivor of sexual violence, you have a right to bring a lawsuit to recover from the harms you have suffered. Holding perpetrators, and the institutions that allowed perpetrators to remain in positions of power, accountable in court helps to stop the cycles of abuse and violence. Survivors of sexual violence often feel disempowered and voiceless after the traumatic incident. Our aim is to help survivors regain their power and a sense of control over the trauma and harms suffered. We carefully assess your situation, listen to your needs and goals, and strive to protect your interests and rights throughout the litigation process. We strongly believe that no one should feel confused or left in the dark about their case.
Bringing a civil suit, can help stop the inequalities and institutional betrayals that allow perpetrators in positions of power and authority to continue to abuse victims.
Dignity and Respect
You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what. Women, race-based minorities, sex workers, and the LGBTQ community are often disproportionality impacted by sexual violence. Regardless of your background, employment, criminal history, immigration status, upbringing, or ethnicity, we aim to represent our clients with the utmost respect and dignity. We firmly believe that you have a right to have an attorney that treats you with dignity and respect. We strive to never treat our clients as “less than” for any reason.
A. Among other injuries, survivors of sexual violence generally suffer trauma from the violation. Trauma is a major physical or emotional injury. Survivors may experience extreme shock, shame, self-blame, depression, suicidal ideations feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that can prevent a survivor from moving forward with their lives. (Sveaass, Nora. (2014). Mental Health and Gender Based violence – helping Survivors of sexual violence in conflict – a training manual).
A. On August 3, 2020, Governor Cuomo extended the New York State Child Victims Act “retroactive revival window.” This means that if you are a survivor of child sexual abuse, who could not bring claims before because your deadline for filing a lawsuit passed, you may now bring claims until August 13, 2021 related to the damages that you suffered from the New York State Child Victims Act sexual abuse.