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Fighting for the Rights of Survivors

Sexual abuse, also commonly referred to as sexual assault, is one of the most serious crimes a person can commit in the state of New York. Multiple offenses are included under New York’s sexual abuse statutes, all of which carry a range of potential punishments. In the broadest sense, sex abuse can be defined as any unwanted sexual contact, forced by one person onto another without their consent.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sex abuse, you are entitled to seek compensation in a court of law. What happened to you was not your fault, and you deserve the opportunity to seek justice. Contact Nisar Law Group, P.C. today for New York sexual abuse attorneys committed to holding predators accountable and fighting for your rights.

Sexual abuse is never okay. Call (646) 760-6493 now to inquire about representation.

When Can I File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

Sex abuse cases are litigated first and foremost in New York based on unwanted sexual contact. This may constitute any behavior which an individual is subjected to without their consent. While this includes intercourse and other specific sexual acts, it also includes various kinds of other unwanted behaviors, such as kissing or touching someone without their permission.

However, it may be possible to file a sex abuse lawsuit against someone, even if consent was given before the act in question took place. In this type of case, consent may be ruled invalid because a) there was a power imbalance in the relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant, i.e. employee and employer, doctor and patient, or b) the plaintiff was under the age of consent at the time of the act. In New York, the age of consent is 17, so any sexual act the plaintiff engaged in before reaching that age is not legally considered consensual, meaning it can, therefore, be considered sexual abuse.

The New York Child Victims Act

On February 14th, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York’s Child Victims Act into law, extending the period of time in which survivors of childhood sexual abuse may pursue legal action.

Prior to the passage of the Child Victims Act, individuals only had till age 23 to file a civil lawsuit against a perpetrator, as well as other individuals and/or the larger organization protecting said perpetrators. With the recent change in the law, individuals may now file lawsuits against their abusers and those protecting their abusers until age 55. In addition, misdemeanor charges may now be filed against abusers until an individual turns 25, while felony charges can be brought against an abuser until an individual turns 28. The law also includes a provision under which survivors have a one-year “window of justice” to pursue legal action, allowing individuals restricted by past statutes to come forward and file lawsuits regardless of their age during the next year.

The changes in New York law are significant for several reasons. For one, the trauma that individuals can suffer as a result of sexual abuse often lasts a lifetime, meaning there should be no limit on the amount of time they have to seek compensation. On top of this, research has shown that many victims of sexual abuse are not able to discuss what happened to them until the age of 52. Assuming this is true, there may be thousands of men and women in New York who were previously unable to seek justice against their abusers who finally have the opportunity to do so.

    Perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse may include:

    • The church/religious officials
    • Schools/educators
    • Youth organizations/instructors
    • Other individuals (family members, friends, neighbors, etc.)

    The Importance of Sexual Harassment Claims

    If the changing social norms of the last few years have demonstrated anything, it’s that workplace sexual harassment is present in virtually every corner of society. A type of sex abuse ranging from inappropriate touching to lewd comments, sexual harassment may be committed in the workplace by co-workers or supervisors, and may even be the result of a company’s policies. In order to combat this rampant problem, it is extremely important to come forward if you or someone you know has been the subject of harassment at work. While it takes a lot of courage to stand up in the face of this behavior, our New York sexual harassment layers promise to be there to provide you with support and guide you through this process every step of the way.

    Common examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:

    • Making inappropriate jokes about sex or gender
    • Repeatedly flirting with a coworker
    • Sending or sharing lewd imagery at work or in a work-related forum

    Because sexual harassment is frequently symptomatic of a larger culture, it is often possible to file a lawsuit against your employer, in addition to a specific individual/individuals, if you have been sexually harassed at work. As is the case with childhood sex abusers, workplace sex abusers sadly often have an institution protecting them, and even back them up against accusations of unwanted sexual behavior.

    It is possible to file a suit against a company for sexual harassment or discrimination in cases where:

    • One sex or gender is routinely paid less than the other
    • Hiring practices seem to favor one sex or gender
    • Members of one sex or gender are frequently fired
    • Sexual harassment on the part of employees is ignored

    Call Nisar Law Group, P.C. for All Your Legal Needs

    Sexual abuse is unacceptable, period. As a New York firm assisting clients in employment law, civil rights law, and commercial litigation, we have too often seen those in power ignore the rights of victims. We believe that whether you are a survivor of workplace sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse, you are owed your day in court. With years of experience in everything from sexual orientation discrimination to wrongful termination cases, Nisar Law Group, P.C. has the skills and resources needed to advocate tirelessly on your behalf in order to achieve the settlement you deserve.

    Call (646) 760-6493 to talk to an attorney, or click here to schedule an appointment now.

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