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.
As my business grew, and I learned about the depths of this malfeasance, I went after people who were involved with this corruption. These adults were placed in charge of protecting children in their car, .and instead of helping these kids they used their position as a springboard to harm them. These adults were engaged in another variation of corruption. There are hundreds of similar juvenile placement facilities across the country, in addition to the dozens located within the Northeast including within New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
After speaking with many survivors of childhood abuse, it became evident, not only did they suffer while housed at the juvenile facilities, but also at other locations and during different activities. I also represent individuals abused while participating on youth athletic teams at regular, public, and private schools, the YMCA, or suffered clergy abuse in the Catholic Church, the Mormon Tabernacle, the Baptist Church, or other religious organizations. Sexual abuse of children is much more prevalent than most people imagine. Most child abuse is perpetrated by persons known to the kid and/or family, including from coaches, teachers, chaperones, and religious leaders.
There are many allegations of sexual abuse that occurred in different religious organizations. Whenever the child abuse is associated with a religion, regardless of the belief system, it is hard for many, even including the survivor’s family members, to comprehend and understand how a church leader, the person that you put your faith in, is committing these atrocious sex crimes.
What Are the Lifelong Conditions And Symptoms That Survivors of Sexual Abuse Suffer? What Do You See?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is the most prevalent symptom survivors of sexual abuse suffer. In many of the juvenile placement facilities, the child is made to believe they are at fault for being abused. The abusers minimize their conduct by transferring blame to the innocent child. A child is irreparably harmed when they are led to believe they caused the abuse. Many people with PTSD have extreme guilt and anxiety. Some sexual abuse survivors have a fear they will be revictimized in the future, commit violent acts themselves, or not recognize it when it occurs to their own family members. It is nearly impossible to comprehend a child living with this kind of constant fear.
While our society strives for equality, it is understood minorities, women, and other groups start off two steps behind everybody else. A criminal record is a lifelong condition. When a 12-year-old child gets into trouble for minor offenses, their record should have been wiped clean after they received their court-ordered punishment, because they learned their lesson, did therapy and moved on, yet many minority children did not get this same equal opportunity.
So, instead of getting a second chance at life without a criminal record, these children are sent to a juvenile placement facility for multiple years. Many juvenile placement facilities benefit from these children being more harshly punished as they get paid for the more persons entrusted to their care. When a child is abused at a juvenile placement facility and tries to escape their abusers, they are almost always captured, and taken back to court where their probation, parole, or court-ordered treatment is considered violated, and they are re-sentenced to serve longer periods of confinement in either the same or another facility. Sometimes, these children who escape juvenile placement facilities due to their horrific abuse once arrested by authorities face new criminal charges in adult court. Further, when children in some juvenile placement facilities are about to be released or age out of the program, the staff fabricates false or non-existent conduct to prevent their proper discharge. The sad fact is once many of these children entered a juvenile facility, they are never able to leave the criminal justice system but became part of the juvenile placement to prison pipeline.
Many children who went into the juvenile justice system at age ten or eleven are still entangled within the criminal justice system at 45 and have no clear way to get removed. The criminal records put on these childhood abuse survivors is astonishing. Many of these childhood abuse victims, leave these juvenile facilities after months and years of torture, without receiving any therapy, education, or real prospects for future success and wind up in adult jail. Often released in their mid-20s from adult prison, these same childhood abuse survivors try to do good and be productive in their community. Yet, they still suffer from the lingering effects of substance abuse. These survivors are not violent people or serial killers, they are often self-medicating and they have no interest in hurting other people, especially children. These childhood abuse survivors often end up in a repeat cycle in the criminal justice system, for committing crimes to support their addiction so they can self-medicate, which leads to more serious consequences. Often the crimes committed to support their self-medicating, range from theft to drug sales.
Many childhood abuse survivors go to jail, go through detox, get clean, and reconnect with their religion, trying to make a go of it. People who eventually get out of prison and have a criminal record find a way to mix into society and be successful and those are the outcomes we fight to get for our clients every day. On the other end, we represent childhood abuse survivors on death row because no matter what happens as an adult, no kid deserves to grow up enduring pain.
Medical issues like PTSD and flashbacks lead to higher rates of drug addiction, alcoholism, and suicide. Victims of this kind of abuse are often unable to have healthy and enduring interpersonal relationships and if married their divorce rates tend to be much higher than those who were not abused as children.
Childhood abuse survivors, especially females, tend to be re-victimized many more times in the future. These women often find themselves in romantic relationships exemplified by domestic violence, and are abused in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and prison or other correctional facilities. Abusers, especially those who harm children, are very adept at hiding their conduct, shifting blame to others especially their victims, and identifying those who had suffered previous abuse. Oftentimes, childhood abuse dooms survivors to be subjected to future abuse by these predators. The reason we fight so hard for all of our clients is because holding the adults responsible for abusing children is the only way to destroy this vicious lifelong repeated abuse cycle.
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