Child Abuse (Physical, Sexual)
Why Do You Handle Civil Sex Abuse Cases In Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Across the Country?
I became involved in civil sex abuse cases in Pennsylvania after doing criminal defense and civil rights legal work for many years. Following an extensive criminal investigation, the Glen Mills Reform Schools in Pennsylvania had all its state operating permits and licenses revoked, and the facility was ordered closed. The massive investigation uncovered widespread sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by numerous staff within the institution. This investigation exposed thousands of horrific stories of torture and abuse, committed against the vulnerable juveniles, court ordered to attend this facility. While knowing Glen Mills’ reputation as a “sports-oriented, hands-on”, reform school where at-risk and adjudicated juveniles were sent for placement, I only later learned about its more sinister reputation. While it was common knowledge regarding the school’s hands-on program, the magnitude of abuse disguised as discipline is staggering. After speaking with thousands of my clients, family members, and former students, who themselves attended Glen Mills, in addition to other reform schools, where they also suffered abuse, the number of egregious violations of these juvenile’s rights became undeniable…Read More
Do You Solely Represent Juvenile Victims of Sexual Abuse or Do You Handle Adult Clients As Well?
I represent both children and adults who were sexually abused regardless of their age when the assault occurred. When I first opened Cornerstone Legal Group, I defended persons charged with criminal offenses ranging from misdemeanors such as driving while intoxicated to first-degree murder. Mainly, I focused my practice on helping those charged with drug and substance abuse related offenses. After years of talking to many people involved within the criminal justice system, it became clear there was a pipeline from many of the juvenile justice placement facilities to adult prisons and correctional facilities. Many of the people I represented and spoke with, and their families would describe how when they complained of being abused while locked away as juveniles, would be ignored and despite their persistent pleas they would continue to suffer and endure months and often years of torture. These persons also described having to witness other children in the same juvenile placements being abused on a daily basis. After months and years of being unable to escape being part of and witnessing abuse, many of these children turned to substances including alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal narcotics to cope. The pain from enduring the persistent abuse and the substances used to cope with it, lead many of these souls down the path of addiction. These addictions often had lifelong impacts, which included coming into contact more often than most others would with the criminal justice system…Read More
What Is The Difference Between A Civil And Criminal Sex Abuse Case?
Criminal sexual abuse is prosecuted by the Government while, an attorney helps a childhood abuse survivor seek justice via a lawsuit against the persons and organizations responsible. Child and adult sexual abuse can happen at any time, yet based on varying laws it may not always be able to be brought before a criminal or civil court. A concept known as the statute of limitations, mandates a time period during which a criminal and/or civil case must start otherwise it will be forever barred. For civil lawsuits related to sexual abuse in Pennsylvania a person has until the day before their 30th birthday to raise a claim. For children who were only physically abused, they have until the day before their 20th birthday to file a claim in Pennsylvania. Currently, New Jersey is one of the few states where the state government has created a lookback window. The lookback window in New Jersey, has for a 2-year time period removed the statute of limitations requirement, for any person who suffered sexual abuse. The statute of limitations only harms the children abused and rewards the abusers for choosing society’s most vulnerable persons…Read More
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