Protecting Your Anonymity
You have done nothing wrong. You know this, but no matter how many times you hear it there will always be a reluctance to come forward. It will take an immense amount of courage, but we know you have it. And our lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way. You have survived and it is time to get justice.
At Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, we are fierce advocate for the interests of sexual abuse survivors in Connecticut. We understand how difficult it can be to come forward, and we have been amazed by the courage we have witnessed in the survivors we have represented as we pursue sexual abuse claims against clergy, teachers, scout leaders, day care center employees, foster parents and others.
A Proven Track Record of Protecting the Identity of Sexual Abuse Survivors
Pursuing justice against St. Francis Hospital placed our client in one of the most high-profile abuse cases in Connecticut history, as it involved more than 150 children who survived sexual abuse. The identity of our client in the case was never made public, because we took great care to protect his or her anonymity.
We do this out of respect because we have seen how difficult it is for survivors to come forward. Survivors should be able to choose when they inform their parents, siblings, loved ones and friends about what has happened rather than having that decision made for them by the media. We are not looking to make ourselves look good, we are in this area of practice to make sure that survivors get the justice they deserve.
We understand the concerns of individuals and families about reporting sexual abuse. We are adept at protecting the privacy interests of our clients while holding abusers accountable. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate and professional when representing our clients. We create an environment where clients can feel safe and confident in our ability to see that justice is done.
Child Sexual Abuse Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Prove a Molestation Case?
A. Child sexual abuse can take many forms and be difficult to prove, especially if the physical injuries are no longer present. However, many physicians and behavioral specialists are able to spot the warning signs of sexual abuse in children and can help build a strong case against the abuser. Our lawyers are experienced in working with the right experts to help with your claim.
Can You Sue a Teacher for Sexual Abuse?
A. Yes. Teachers can be held liable in a civil claim for sexual abuse against minor students. Like with all civil claims for child sexual abuse, it is important to work with an attorney right away to make sure all evidence is collected and documented to help build your case.
What Are My Legal Rights if I Was Sexually Abused as a Child?
A. Our lawyers represent victims who were sexually abused as children (under the age of 18). The law only allows victims to bring a claim up until the age of 48. Do not wait to learn about your legal options if you were the victim of sexual abuse as a minor.
Why Choose Us?
What is the statute of limitations with regard to filing a sexual abuse claim?
A. Victims who claim damages for sexual abuse, sexual assault or sexual exploitation as a child can file a claim up to 30 years past the age of abuse (typically until the age of 48) in Connecticut.
However, if you claim damages as a result of being sexually assaulted as an adult, then you have a much shorter time period in which to file a lawsuit. Typically, you have three years from the date of the assault to file against the perpetrator for his or her intentional acts and two years from the date of the assault to file against any other person or entity (e.g., perpetrator’s employer) who may have been negligent in allowing the perpetrator to have contact with you.
If there is a criminal case presently pending against the perpetrator, can I still file a civil suit?
What is the difference between criminal and civil cases? Is there a different burden of proof?
The perpetrator is now dead. Can I still file a claim?
I do not want my identity revealed. Is there a way that I can file a claim and remain anonymous?
Who are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse?
Any person so identified who in the course of his or her employment or profession has reasonable cause to believe or suspect that a child has been abused or neglected or has been inflicted with non-accidental injuries or is at imminent risk of serious harm must report or cause a report to be made in accordance with state law. Violation of the law will result in a monetary fine and required participation in an educational and training program. See Connecticut General Statutes Sections 17-101(b); 17a-101a.