Children put their trust in adults to educate and care for them. That is why sexual abuse cases involving predatory adults are so upsetting. Instead of protecting young children from the dangers of society, these older authority figures violated that trust and abused children in their care. Rather than being isolated incidents, many adults who sexually abuse children do so again and again with other victims.
Adults who commit these crimes often know their victims will not tell anyone else what happened. That is because many victims of sexual abuse feel ashamed or even somewhat responsible for what happened to them. Many victims believe they were the only ones abused by such adults, even though the truth is often the exact opposite. One adult might have abused dozens or even hundreds of children.
In Pennsylvania, prominent cases of sexual abuse of children have made headlines involving the Franciscan Friars at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, which is associated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, and Penn State University, where Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of abusing dozens of children.
If you have been sexually abused by an adult, you didn’t do anything wrong. The person who abused you must be held accountable for his or her actions. That’s why we want to meet with you as soon as possible and put an end to this cycle of abuse. Our law firm has extensive experience working with victims in Cambria, Blair, and Indiana counties and throughout western Pennsylvania.
Hold the Perpetrator of Sexual Abuse Accountable
Child sexual abuse cases often involve adults the children know and trust. Such adults often include:
- Athletic trainers and coaches
- Camp counselors
- Scout leaders
- Daycare workers
In some cases, the institutions or businesses these adults worked for were aware of such abuse and criminal activity. In fact, some institutions did nothing to stop the abuse, choosing instead to reassign the adults to other positions, where these adults continued to abuse other children for years.
Many of us find it hard to believe such horrific crimes actually occurred. We wonder, how could someone take advantage of innocent children, time and time again? That’s why we take such cases so personally at Marcus & Mack. For us, these cases are about more than just making sure that anyone involved in sexual abuse is held accountable. It’s about making sure such abuse never happens again.
How Can a Lawyer Help Me if I was Sexually Abused as a Child?
In many cases, the sexual abuse occurred years ago. That’s why many victims are often reluctant to come forward. So much time has passed, and they falsely believe there’s nothing they can do about what happened to them.
Under current Pennsylvania state law, adults who were sexually abused as children (under 18 years old) can take legal action until they are 30 years old, in most cases. Many Pennsylvania politicians want to change this law, removing the statute of limitations for taking civil action in child sex abuse cases. As a result, adults of any age could hold their abusers accountable at any time in their lives.
But even if you believe the statute of limitations has expired, don’t simply assume you have no legal options. Schedule an appointment with our law firm. We are aware of the sensitive nature of such cases. That is why we promise to respect your privacy and to handle your case in a thorough, timely manner.
The emotional scars of sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Put your trust in us. Contact our law firm 24 hours a day. Our Western, PA personal injury attorneys are here for you when you need us most.