Victims of sexual abuse can suffer catastrophic psychological and emotional damages. It is hard to properly quantify the cost of all victims, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Obviously those committing these acts must be held accountable in the criminal and civil legal systems. In addition, those in a position to stop the abuse or institutions which in some way negligently fail to prevent harm should also be held accountable for the consequences.
For example, the most high-profile recent example of this involved the football program at PennStateUniversity. Jerry Sandusky, the former PennState football team defensive coordinator and “Second Mile” Charity founder, was recently found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse over a 15 year period. He will likely spend the rest of his life in prison as a result.
Beyond the criminal sanctions, a wide range of civil penalties are implicated in this sort of situation. An abuse lawyer knows that the civil law allows those hurt by the misconduct of others to seek redress against all those who acted negligently resulting in the harm. In cases like this one, those negligent parties include more than justSandusky. The university, the football program, and the charity run by the alleged abuser may all be held accountable for their role in the abuse.
Getting Legal Help
If you or a loved one were the victim of Jerry Sandusky or any other sexual abuser, we are here to help you. We know that nothing can erase the terrible damages done. However, victims are entitled to financial compensation to the full extent of the law. Abuse victims, please call The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit an online questionnaire at www.InjuryLawyer.com for a free case evaluation. The initial consultation is FREE. If we agree to handle your case, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you monetary compensation.