Legal Changes Opening Doors for Sexual Abuse Survivors

These survivors are sharing their stories to help others come forward.

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Like many other clergy sexual abuse survivors, our clients Diana, Keith, and Stanley knew no one would believe their stories about what predators had done to them—the church was above reproach. For decades they suffered in silence, too late to seek justice. Today, new Statute of Limitations laws are extending the legal rights of sexual abuse survivors. More than compensation, they now have a chance to hold their abusers and those who protected them accountable.

The Janet, Janet & Suggs Sex Abuse Division has helped thousands of survivors against:

  • Churches
  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals and doctor’s offices
  • Athletic facilities
  • Workplaces and other organizations

Our Successful Advocacy Begins with Listening

We understand that there is no verdict or settlement that can erase the pain and memories that survivors endure. Cases of this nature are not simply about compensation or what that compensation can do for survivors of sexual abuse and their families. These cases are also about holding abusers and their enablers accountable, thus protecting other innocent individuals from being sexually abused in the future.

All communications with clients are confidential to the extent permissible by law, and privileged. If we were to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we could identify you only as a Jane Doe or John Doe.

Our Clients: Stories of Survival

Keith's Story

Diana's Story

Stanley's Story

New Laws Help Survivors, But Don't Miss Legal Deadlines

Statute of Limitations (SOL) laws have prevented many victims from coming forward, and actually protected those responsible for allowing these predators to continue their abuse, even after it was reported. Across the country, however, SOL laws are now changing. Many states have passed or are working to pass new laws that allow survivors to seek justice from abusers and their protectors, no matter what age they were at the time of their abuse or where they currently reside.

But the windows of opportunity provided in some of these new laws won’t stay open forever. Some states’ windows are open for as little as a year. Don’t wait! To seek justice and compensation, you will need to move quickly to put an experienced sex abuse litigation team to work for you. Though a survivor may now live in a different state from where the crime occurred and/or the abuser may be dead, the organizations and the leaders that shielded these perpetrators are still responsible and should be held accountable.

Meet Our Sexual Abuse Division Leaders

Crusaders for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Our sexual abuse lawyers include, among others, Richard M. Serbin, who the media has described as a “crusader” for survivors of sexual abuse; Andrew S. Janet, who has represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors, including women who were sexually exploited by an OBGYN at USC’s university health center; Brenda A. Harkavy, a known leader in prosecuting rapists and other sexual predators; Patrick Thronson, who has represented survivors of clergy sexual abuse and human trafficking, as well as hundreds of women who were sexually abused by an “OBGYN” who obtained a medical license under false pretenses; Matthew White, who advocates for victims that suffered through sexual abuse as children at the hands of religious organizations and in other institutional settings. and Howard A. Janet, a compassionate advocate for sexual abuse survivors who has won record-breaking recoveries in a wide range of high profile cases.

"At JJS, we are relentless advocates for victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. We leave no stone unturned to ensure a full measure of justice is served and that those responsible for these heinous acts are held accountable."

- Howard A. Janet, Managing Principal

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