While it has been no secret the Roman Catholic Church has allowed priests to commit sexual assault and abuse against children, the identities of those priests have been kept secret from the public. However, due to public pressure and new laws, the New York Archdiocese recently named 120 clergy who have credible sex abuse allegations against them. If you or a loved one has been the victim of clergy, pastor or priest sexual abuse, you deserve justice. The legal team at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. has decades of combined experience in helping victims of clergy sexual abuse seek justice.
Not Just Priests
While most people assume the only people committing sexual abuse were priests, that is not the case. According to the information recently released, many other individuals also have sex abuse allegations against them, including:
- School teachers
- Camp counselors
- School administrators
- Church deacons
Due to the wide-ranging scope of these allegations, it will be crucial to work with a New York sexual assault attorney New York victims can trust to know the law and fight hard to help them gain the compensation they deserve.
Lacking Crucial Information
While many victims, families, and watchdog groups have applauded the release of this information, many others still feel it falls short. For example, no details were released regarding past assignments or allegations against accused priests, nor were there names of priests who were ordained in other states but later served in New York. In addition, many point to the continued reluctance of the church to provide full transparency as a reason to believe there may still be much more information being hidden from public view. Rather than let church officials stonewall your efforts to seek out the truth, turn to Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. to uncover the facts and ensure those responsible for reprehensible acts will be held accountable.
Now that this information has come to light, those victims in New York can use the law to their advantage. With the passage of the Child Victims Act, the statute of limitations has been extended for victims, giving them more time to pursue criminal and civil charges against their abusers. Some of the most important details of the Child Victims Act include:
- Victims up to age 55 can bring civil action against abuser
- One-year window to file civil claim beginning six months after law takes effect
- Criminal felony and misdemeanor charges can be pursued until ages 28
With these new legal options, victims can work with a sexual assault attorney New York residents know will give them a much better chance of gaining the justice and compensation they deserve.
Don’t Continue to Suffer
Rather than suffering in silence and letting those who violated your trust get by with their heinous acts, let Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. go to work for you. By doing so, you will have a sexual abuse lawyer New York victims have trusted to help them gain the justice and financial compensation they need and deserve.