Were You Sexually Abused In New Jersey Decades Ago?
You May Still Be Eligible for Compensation.
New “Window of Opportunity” laws in New Jersey and several other states allow for compensation from the organization whose employee abused you, with no age limit.
Statute of Limitations (SOL) laws have prevented many survivors from coming forward, and actually protected the organizations responsible for allowing these predators to continue their abuse, even after it was reported. Catholic Church clergy, Boy Scout leaders, doctors at prominent health care systems, ‘beloved’ coaches from well-known sports organizations—they have all been helped by SOL laws that often limited the age a survivor’s suit could be filed, usually no later than their 20’s. Survivors have been forced to suffer in silence as lawmakers continued to protect organizations that gave these child predators access to their victims.
No Matter Where You Live Now, You Can Still Seek Justice
People move around, but that doesn’t affect their ability to seek justice where they were harmed. Don’t let your current location keep you from what you deserve, or in seeing that abusers get what they deserve. Even if you don’t currently live in the state where the abuse occurred, you may still file a lawsuit. The JJS team can help get your suit filed in the proper jurisdiction.
Many States Working to Enact “Windows of Opportunity” for Sex Abuse Survivors
More and more states are passing window of opportunity laws that allow ANYONE to get compensation. Survivors in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s who have suffered the consequences of child abuse for years, can now move forward with their claims and be paid for their years of torment. The original abuser may be dead, but the organization or institution behind them is still responsible and should be held accountable.
How Does This Legislation Help Sexual Abuse Survivors?
- Changes in SOL laws open limited "windows of opportunity" for VICTIMS OF ANY AGE to file civil claims against their abusers and the organizations that covered up the abuse, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. Some of these windows last only one year and when they are gone, the window closes forever. States that have or are working to enact these opportunities include:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- And more are coming up every day
- Raising the age limit that determines when a survivor can file. In New York, the limit had been 23 years of age. The new Child Victims Act changed it to 55.
- Some laws depend on when, and if, a report was filed with authorities about the sexual abuse incident. Even if you did not file at the time of the abuse, we can help you with this necessary step.
These windows of opportunity will not be open forever. While these windows have no limit regarding when the abuse occurred, they DO impose limits on when your case can be filed. Some will be open for as little as one year, so don’t hesitate to contact the JJS team about your abuse. It is vital that you take action as soon as possible to determine whether you are still eligible to be compensated.
Survivors, We Are Here For You and Ready to Listen
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse ready to seek the justice you deserve, our experienced, compassionate attorneys want to hear your story and help you get that justice. Our investigations focus not only on the conduct of sexual predators but also on the actions and failures of the institutions that aided and abetted the offenders.
The JJS team has been nationally recognized for delivering real justice on behalf of sexual abuse victims. We are not afraid to take on the tough cases or go head-to-head with the nation’s largest and most powerful organizations. Our clients can depend on JJS to seek the full measure of justice they deserve.
All communications with clients are confidential and privileged. If we were to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we could identify you only as a Jane Doe or John Doe.
The JJS Sexual Abuse Division is led by Richard M. Serbin, a crusader in the fight against sexual abuse by clergy and author of When Clergy Fail Their Flocks. His work on behalf of victims has been featured in numerous national outlets, including The Daily Beast, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Tribune-Democrat, The Tribune Review, and the Wall Street Journal.
Fifteen years before reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church circulated in newspapers around the world, before the public believed priests could do any wrong, Richard Serbin was fighting to expose the appalling actions of priests and church leaders. For decades, these “men of God” concealed evidence and accounts of child molestation, pornography, abuse and rape of innocent boys and girls in “secret archives.” Because of Richard’s work, these archives have been brought to light. Richard secured the only verdict against a child predator priest, bishops, and diocese in Pennsylvania to date and one of only a handful nationwide at the time.