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Sexual Abuse, Representing Victims and Families

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Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo have organized a team to represent victims of sexual abuse and harassment.  Lead attorneys, Martin D. Cohen, Mark K. Altemose, and Kelly Rambo-Williams are prepared to help victims and provide guidance to adults and children in recognizing the signs of abuse.

 

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Each matter with our office will be handled with care and compassion, along with complete confidentiality.  Victims and their families deserve justice, support and a chance to move on with their life.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment – Representing Victims And Their Families

 

Every year, hundreds of children and adults are sexually abused.  More than 80% of victims never report the incidents.  In 2018, as reported by Rainn, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, noted that only 230 out of 1000 incidents were reported by the victims and/or their families.  The remainder of the victims will continue to suffer in silence, possibly for their entire lives.   This suffering can range from, but not limited to:  medical issues, emotional issues, work issues, relationship issues, and family issues.

Time Limitations for Filing a Claim in PA

 

Victims of sexual abuse may pursue justice through both the civil or criminal justice systems.

 

Civil claims may be filed against the abuser or an organization (such as school, workplace, nursing home, or church) that allowed the abuse to take place.  Victims of this abuse can demand compensation to include, but not limited to, physical or emotional damages, including pain and suffering.

 

At the present time, claims can be filed two years from the abuse, if the victim is an adult.  If the victim was a minor at the time of the abuse, they have until the age of 30.

 

Criminal claims against a sex abuser require the victim having to file a report with law enforcement.  The suspect may face jail time, sex offender registration, and other penalties, if found guilty.

 

Claims involving minors can be filed against the abuser until the underaged victim turns 50 years of age.  All other sexual assault and abuse charges involve a 12-year statute of limitations from the time of incident.

Where Abuse Can Take Place?

 

Sexual predators can find their victims anywhere including, but not limited to:

 

  • Work

  • School

  • Home setting

  • Nursing Homes

  • Houses of Worship

  • Foster Care Individual or Group Homes

  • Locker Rooms

  • Camps, Clubs & Sports Activities

 

 

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF ABUSE

 

In many instances, abusers are in a position of authority.  Often, the attacker is an adult whose power over the victim causes the victim to feel isolated and powerless.  Some of the signs of potential abuse are as follows:

 

Signs in Children

  • Sudden fear of being with certain people

  • Knowledge of sex or sexual behavior beyond a person’s age

  • Unexplained change in emotional state (aggressive or withdrawn)

  • Sudden loss of self-confidence or self-esteem

  • Becoming unusually secretive

  • Decline in school performance

  • Change in sleeping habits including not sleeping consistently, nightmares, wetting the bed, etc.

Signs in Adults

  • Behavior change when a particular person is present

  • Low self-esteem

  • Insomnia

  • Change of appetite, weight loss/gain

  • Emotional instability (tearfulness or anger)

  • Withdrawal or change in psychological state of mind

  • Broken bones, bruising, cuts or welts

Signs of an abuser and how to prevent the wrong people to being around your loved ones:

  1. Talk openly and set clear boundaries with family members and other adults who spend time with your loved ones.

  2. If a child does not want to hug or kiss someone when saying hello or goodbye, then shaking hands is fine.  If a person doesn’t honor that limit, there is concern.

  3. If a child is uncomfortable with a particular adult or child, don’t force the contact.  See if you can figure out the reason.

  4. Be concerned about someone always attempting physical contact like hugging or having someone sit on their lap. 

  5. If someone comes off as being too good to be true, ask questions.  There should not be unconditional trust.

  6. Take sensible precautions regarding who has access to your loved ones.

  7. Obtain information about safeguarding policy and procedures including criminal checks of clubs, organizations, nursing homes or wherever your loved ones are involved.

 

Our Goal is to help victims of sex abuse get the justice they deserve for their injuries, both emotional and physical.  We are prepared to take all necessary actions against the responsible individuals and/or organizations in obtaining justice for our clients, as we have over 50 years of experience dealing with abuse cases of every kind.

 

All consultations are FREE AND THERE ARE NO FEES UNLESS WE ARE A RECOVERY FOR YOU.  Your privacy will be protected and there will be no publicity or public claims. 

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