Sexual abuse is a devastating event that can have a life-long impact on the victim. The physical, emotional, and psychological scars can permanently alter a victim’s personality, and many survivors are deprived of their ability to feel comfortable, happy, and secure in their everyday lives.
I was made to feel welcome and part of a family that was looking out for my needs when no one else would.
- Client of Schmidt Kramer
Unfortunately, some victims and their families may not feel safe enough to pursue legal action. However, help is available. At Schmidt Kramer, our Harrisburg sexual assault lawyers will advocate for you and use the legal system to seek justice for you.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault in Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to compensation from the abuser/perpetrator, and/or the entity for whom the abuser/perpetrator was employed or affiliated, such as a school, religious organization, or private company.
To speak with one of our Pennsylvania sexual abuse attorneys, call (717) 888-8888. Your initial call is free and we are ready to help you today.
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Does My Case Qualify for Compensation?
Determining the validity of a claim and the potential financial value of that case can be difficult without knowing all of the details that are associated with the incident. Sexual abuse cases can be quite complex and many factors may be involved in the calculation of a damages amount.
However, we also understand that holding negligent parties responsible for their actions can be an important part of the healing process for abuse victims and at Schmidt Kramer, we can help to find the answers to legal questions that you may have.
An initial consultation with an attorney at our firm is free and there is no obligation to hire us. If we determine that you do have a case and you would like to proceed with a lawsuit, we are not paid unless you receive compensation.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive in a Child Sexual Abuse Case?
A knowledgeable attorney at Schmidt Kramer can review your claim to discuss compensation that may be available, such as:
- Past, present and future medical costs
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
- Funds to relocate
- Lost income
- Physical rehabilitation
- Psychological therapy
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
The compensation available depends on the specifics of your claim. Our Harrisburg sexual abuse lawyers are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for damages. We may also be able to arrange counseling and therapy to help with psychological trauma and mental health issues.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Child Sexual Abuse Claim?
Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill to overhaul child sexual abuse laws in Pennsylvania back in November of 2019. One of the bill’s main objectives was to provide more time to file for future victims of child sex abuse.
The new laws were introduced over a year after a landmark grand jury report showed hundreds of child abuse cases that were covered-up by Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic churches for over 70 years. The new laws influenced many other states to change their laws and start new investigations of past allegations of child sexual abuse.
Under old laws, victims between the ages of 18-23 would have up to age 30 to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, however, under the new legislation, victims would have up to age 55 to file.
If you are unsure about whether you still have time to file a claim, we recommend speaking to one of our licensed attorneys in a free case review. If your claim still qualifies for compensation, we are prepared to aggressively pursue justice and compensation.
Speak with a legal professional today by calling (717) 888-8888 to schedule your free private consultation.
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What is Child Sexual Abuse?
Child sexual abuse occurs when a child is forced to take part in sexual activity, often with an adult. Perpetrators are usually people the child knows, trusts or is expected to obey. Abuse could include things like touching/fondling, sexual intercourse and activities where there is no physical contact between the perpetrator and victim, such as:
- Performing sexually explicit activities in the presence of a child
- Sex trafficking
- Taking provocative pictures of a child
- Exposing oneself to a child
- Allowing a child to view pornographic movies, videos or pictures
- Saying or writing inappropriate remarks on the phone, text messages or other online media
- Violating a child’s privacy by watching him or her bathe or undress
If your child was the victim of any of these forms of abuse, our Harrisburg sexual abuse attorneys are available to discuss legal options in a no-cost, confidential consultation.
Who Could Be Held Liable in a Child Sexual Abuse Case?
One of the reasons child sexual abuse happens is the abuser is often someone the child knows and trusts. This is often the reason why abuse can happen for a long period of time before others find out.
Sometimes employers and other entities protect abusers or fail to investigate claims of abuse, which means they could potentially be held liable for abuse. Entities that could be held liable for abuse include:
- Schools and universities
- Other religious organizations
- Gymnastics schools
- Boy scouts
- Youth sports teams and management
- Daycare centers
- Dance clubs
These organizations could be held accountable for lack of monitoring workers, negligent hiring, and failing to investigate claims of abuse or contact law enforcement.
Call (717) 888-8888 to schedule a no-cost review of your claim.
Common Signs of Child Sexual Abuse
Trusting your child with another person can be challenging for most parents. Babysitters, teachers, religious leaders, coaches and other community leaders responsible for the welfare of children should be properly vetted, however, sometimes perpetrators can go unchecked.
Children often feel intimidated or embarrassed to admit or discuss abuse. The abuser may have even threatened the child or told the child not to say anything.
If you think your child is hiding this type of abuse, you may want to look out for these common signs:
- A surprising new fear of a person
- Mood swings and angry outbursts
- Difficulty sitting
- Abnormal walking or limping
- Bloody underwear or stool
- Urinary tract infections (UTI’s)
- Severe depression
- Acting unusually secretive, withdrawn or clingy
- Reverting to old behaviors the child outgrew (i.e. bedwetting)
- Nightmares and insomnia
- Inappropriate activity with toys or other children
- Actions or words the child should not know
- Eating disorders
Our firm understands sexual abuse survivors, particularly children, must grapple with complicated feelings of shame, anger, confusion, and depression. The healing process often takes a long time.
Contact a Harrisburg Sexual Abuse Attorney
Speaking to an experienced attorney could be an important step as you consider legal action over sexual abuse. Schmidt Kramer has been representing injury victims for more than 30 years, helping to recover compensation for damages. Take a look at our client testimonials and reviews to see what our satisfied clients had to say about our services.
Schedule your free case review today and learn more about how we may be able to assist you. Your free case review is completely confidential, and you will not be required to hire our firm to represent your case.
Our office is located in Harrisburg at 209 State Street, which is just a few blocks away from the Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex.
Schmidt Kramer. Ph: (717) 888-8888.