You can file a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse with the assistance of an experienced New York sexual assault lawyer. Lawsuits of this nature may extend beyond the perpetrator to other parties who may also bear responsibility, such as corporations or religious organizations, making the case more complex.
Our skilled lawyers at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP have represented clients in high-profile sexual assault cases, such as civil cases against Harvey Weinstein, and can file a lawsuit for sexual abuse on your behalf even if the perpetrator was not charged criminally or was eventually acquitted of charges.
We will hold all entities accountable that should have known about the abuse, willfully ignored it or failed to protect others. Our mission is to secure justice and appropriate compensation for sexual abuse victims in the state of New York.
Perpetrators of sexual abuse often have little in the way of assets. Though the abuser is a critical figure in the legal battle, other parties may have enabled the perpetrator and could be named as defendants in the lawsuit.
These third-party defendants may include business organizations, religious establishments, private schools, contractors, and others that knew or should have known about the abuse taking place either at their behest or within their purview. For example, if a tenant is sexually assaulted in their apartment building and lax security measures contributed to the attack, the property owner may be held liable.
As with any civil case, a strong sex abuse lawsuit depends on the evidence. Victims should report it to the police immediately and seek immediate medical attention. Crime scene evidence, such as bodily fluids and clothing fibers, can help prove your case.
Other examples of strong evidence include:
Many survivors of sexual abuse know their assailants. If you communicated with the abuser before or after the assault, inform your attorney. The information in texts or emails can also help establish fault.
In May 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law the Adult Survivor’s Act (ASA), which took effect in November 2022. The ASA created a one-year lookback window for those over 18 at the time of their assault. Even if it occurred decades ago, these victims could now pursue civil lawsuits against those responsible. Adults have until November 23, 2023, to file a sexual abuse lawsuit without any statute of limitations.
The standard of proof in criminal cases is “beyond a reasonable doubt.” In civil cases which do not involve potential incarceration, the standard of proof is the lower “a preponderance of the evidence.” This standard means that something is more likely than not.
Potential compensation, or damages, in a New York sexual assault lawsuit, may include:
Sometimes, when the sexual abuse or assault is extraordinarily malicious, the jury may award the plaintiff punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the defendant.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse and want to know more about filing a civil lawsuit for sexual abuse, contact the New York Sexual Abuse and Assault Attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP. Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. We serve all boroughs of New York City. Because we work on a contingency basis, there is no fee unless you receive compensation. We fight for victims of sexual abuse or assault.