Perpetrators of sexual abuse can range from police officers, doctors and therapists, volunteer organizations, park rangers, camp counselors and security guards to daycare providers, teachers, coaches and juvenile detention center or prison officials. Newspaper headlines carry stories of church organizations that have betrayed parishioners' trust, citing examples of child sexual abuse by members of church hierarchies. These "authority figure" abusers often deny any allegations and can be very effective and articulate in their own defense.
The good news is that clergy abuse crimes can no longer be swept under the proverbial rug. You can read our four-part series on the tainted legacy:
- Part 1: Sins, Secrets and Denial
- Part 2: Leadership Disregard
- Part 3: Abuse was common in religious orders
- Part 4: Dealing with The Demons
In addition, many state laws now require that criminal background checks and fingerprinting measures be conducted for new public school employees such as teachers and coaches.
Experience, Reputation, Results
Abramson Smith Waldsmith LLP has championed the rights of the vulnerable for 30 years. Our skilled abuse lawyers have dedicated decades of experience to "being there" for victims of sexual abuse and child molestation in churches and schools from pre-kindergarten to college levels. We have the experience, reputation and results to handle sexual abuse cases.
We want to do what we can to punish offenders, promote your recovery and prevent future organizational abuse from occurring.
Courage To Confront Your Abusers
We want you to feel personally empowered to confront your abusers and those who covered up the wrongs done to you. Our attorneys will show every sensitivity in working with you to handle your case with utmost discretion and efficiency.
The open lines of communication we establish will give us the accurate information and truth of your feelings that are essential to conveying your story and ultimately earning our goal of maximum compensation for you. The authorities need some sense of your feelings of desperation, pain, loss and defeatism brought on by your abuse. You can trust us to represent your interests effectively and passionately throughout the case.
Our trial attorneys are leaders in the fields of courtroom technology and electronic case presentation. We employ creative, high-tech techniques so a jury is able to understand complex issues and get all the facts that support your side of the story.
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When a trusted authority figure such as a church camp counselor or middle school coach violates that trust and sexually preys upon a defenseless child, attention must be paid. Society should drive the predator from its midst and do what it can to both prevent the event's recurrence and right the wrong to the victim with just and fair compensation.
That's where we come in. If your child or the child of someone you know has been the victim of a sexually predatory authority figure, get in touch with us for a free confidential consultation.