Sexual abuse and harassment are mentally and emotionally devastating to its victims. Whether the harassment, abuse, or assault occurs at the hands of a family member, mentor, co-worker, clergy, teacher, counselor, or caregiver, the effects can be devastating and can last a lifetime. This type of conduct can take place anywhere, including in a place of worship, in the office or workplace, at a school or camp, in a public space or at home.
The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have successfully represented children and adults who have been victims of: Sexual abuse and assault; Workplace sexual harassment; and Sexual abuse of a minor.
Our firm has represented victims of sexual abuse and rape by a priest and teachers, as well as sexual assaults by other students while at school, rape by a sibling that was not reported by the school as it should have been, and even abuse of a client by her own lawyer. Our clients received just compensation for the anguish and torment they incurred from these sexual predators.
Many victims are reluctant to sue their abuser because they do not want their names and the facts to become public information. The good news is that if you are suing because you were abused, you can file your lawsuit without using your name or revealing your identity - the suit is filed as a John or Jane Doe so that you can maintain your privacy.
Adult survivors act
In November of 2022 the Governor of New York signed the Adult Survivors Act. This law permits New York survivors who were sexually abused as adults to take legal action until November 24, 2023. This means that even though the abuse may have happened many years ago you can now sue your abuser and the Statute of Limitations no longer applies.
This Act is very important as it is common knowledge that victims of abuse often take many years to recover and have the strength and will power to bring a lawsuit against their abuser. Unfortunately, because of the Statute of Limitations many victims were unable to pursue their abuser in the time permitted by law. This Statute of Limitations has now been lifted for a one (1) year period until November 24, 2023.
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Almost forty years ago, when other attorneys were reluctant to take on these types of cases, and when these types of lawsuits were relatively unknown, Jaroslawicz & Jaros was successfully representing victims of sex abuse and rape.
We filed one of the first lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of two (2) teenage boys, by a Franciscan Brother, who at the time was also their Boy Scout leader. As the abuse occurred in both New Jersey and New York we sued both the Church and the Boy Scouts in New York and in New Jersey. This case was appealed all the way up to New Jersey’s highest court, as well as New York’s highest court, The Court of Appeals.
David Jaroslawicz, of Jaroslawicz and Jaros, successfully wrote and argued the Appeal of a woman who sued the Commodities Exchange, Inc., known as COMEX, alleging that she was sexually harassed while working at the COMEX as a commodities trader. This case was decided by the Appellate Division First Department, finding, for the first time, that an organization, the COMEX, may be held liable under New York’s laws for aiding and abetting discriminatory conduct. The appeal was written and argued by. see D’Amico v. Commodities Exchange, Inc., 652 N.Y.S.2d 294.
Over the many years that we at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have been representing victims of sexual abuse and assault the attitude of the Courts and the authorities towards these cases has, fortunately, slowly changed for the better, with more sympathy and consideration for the victims.
The Courts and juries have also come to recognize the seriousness of these types of allegations and the long-term life altering effects and consequences that this type of conduct can have on the unfortunate victim.
Since 1980, Jaroslawicz and Jaros has been representing victims of Rape, Date-Rape, and Sex-Assault. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, then you can turn to our experienced and highly skilled lawyers for the help and guidance you need and maximize the recovery for the pain and suffering that you endured.
Whether you or a loved one have been sexually abused, raped or assaulted, you need the right advise and counseling to make some tough decisions on how to proceed with your case