If You Have Been Sexually Abused, We Can Provide the Compassionate Guidance You Need
Victims of sexual abuse oftentimes can’t help feeling ashamed or embarrassed by what they’ve experienced, even if it happened once. Short of murder, sex abuse and assault are some of the most horrible crimes one can experience, and many go unreported. Victims often suffer long-lasting emotional and psychological trauma. The internal torment can lead to depression or overwhelming anxiety. Abuse victims can even blame themselves. Some of our clients have even spoken about taking their own lives. If you’ve experienced any of these emotions, you’re not alone.
Recently, there have been some notorious and high-profile cases involving celebrities, politicians, professionals, college athletes and well-known business executives that have shed light on these heinous crimes, which has removed some of the stigma associated with coming forward. Some of the most well-respected people in our country have been convicted or accused of sex abuse, rape, assault or harassment, including Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Brett Kavanaugh.
If you or your loved one was sexually abused as a child or adult, you can seek justice and may be entitled to compensation. You will have some tough decisions to make, and we can help guide you through your legal options.
The experienced lawyers at Kelly & Rubin, LLP, have been representing victims of sex abuse for over 30 years. Contact us today at 646-741-4084 for a free and fully confidential consultation.
Sexual Abuse And Assault Victims Have Rights
New York’s penal law defines sexual abuse and assault in varying degrees, depending on the severity of the assault. In broad terms, sexual abuse or assault is defined as forcing another person to perform sexual acts or subjecting someone to unconsented sexual contact against their will or when there is an inability to consent. In many instances, the victim is incapable of consenting due to their age, a disability or mental illness, or due to them being incapacitated or drugged.
The definition covers unwanted or nonconsensual sexual contact, including forced touching, fondling, kissing, penetration, oral sex and sodomy. Showing children sexually explicit photos and videos or exposing one’s private parts is also against the law.
Sexual predators are often people in authoritative roles, such as:
- Clergy members (i.e., priests or rabbis)
A co-worker or family member can also be the culprit. Even if there are no criminal charges brought against them, you may still be entitled to compensation.
Act Swiftly To Discuss Your Case With Our Lawyers
Victims and their families who are courageous enough to report sexual abuse can take legal action to seek justice and may be entitled to money damages. There is a statute of limitations to be aware of, so you need to act swiftly.
Contact our firm immediately online or call us at 646-741-4084 for your free and confidential consultation with our attorneys. We are conveniently located in downtown Manhattan and serve clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area and Long Island.
We will treat you with respect and dignity.