Representing Victims of Sex Abuse or Molestation
“Giving Victims a Voice”
Sex abuse attorney Frank Bartlett Jr. provides representation, assistance, and much-needed closure to victims, including adult victims of childhood sexual abuse or molestation. Childhood sex abuse often comes with guilt or fear on the part of the victim, who may have found it easier to say nothing than to face what may have literally been an unspeakable scenario. The victim may silently carry those same feelings into adulthood until he or she is finally able to speak up to help the healing process. These sex abuse acts are often committed by trusted people in the community such as priests, doctors, teachers, coaches, medical professionals, Scout leaders, and even family members. The victims often feel that they are alone and that people won’t believe their stories. We will believe you, and help you and your family members who are still suffering from abuse issues that may have happened years ago. Our intent is to empower the voice that has so long been silent and to maximize your compensation. Our goal is to help victims of sexual molestation and sexual abuse become survivors and move on with their lives.
Effects of Sexual Abuse on Victims
Victims of sex abuse or sexual assault often suffer lifelong issues. Many of our sexually abused clients suffer from a variety of illnesses that are commonly related to past sexual abuse such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, drug, and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, and difficulty maintaining a long-term relationship. Understandably, the sexually abused often have trust issues. Because childhood sexual abuse can leave a severe emotional scar on a person’s life, sex abuse Attorney Bartlett encourages his clients to seek the treatment and counseling they need if they have not done so already.
We represent clients with sexual abuse by Boy Scout leaders, priests, medical professionals, teachers, and others
Our personal injury sex abuse attorney has extensive experience with many forms of sexual abuse cases, in the courtroom and through arbitration. He is knowledgeable with the laws, procedures, and intricacies that pertain to these cases. This is a specialized form of legal advocacy that should be handled by an attorney with experience in this field of law. We understand the medical, psychological, and legal issues involved in a sexual abuse claim. We know how to build strong, convincing cases designed to secure deserved compensation for our clients. Child sex abuse cases often settle without going to court, especially cases against large institutions that have dealt with our firm on other cases. If your case does go to court confidentiality may be maintained by the use of an alias such as John Doe under some circumstances. This can be discussed at our first consultation.
Connecticut Statutes of Limitation Associated with Childhood Sexual Abuse
Although Connecticut law does have strict statutes of limitations for filing criminal charges most people don’t realize that childhood sexual abuse and other types of civil claims may still be filed, in many instances, at any time before the victim reaches age 48. Also, Conn. Gen. Stat. §52-577e states:
There is no statute of limitations for suits against abusers who have been convicted of sexual assault in the 1st degree.
A Victory for Victims: NY Advocates for Childhood Sexual Abuse Victims With Signing of Child Victims Act
Sexual abuse victims and advocates in New York have won a major victory with the passing of the Child Victims Act. This series of pro-victim amendments focus on expanding the statute of limitations for criminal and civil suits while also providing all sexual abuse victims an opportunity to bring forth a claim against any person or institution.
The primary provisions of the Child Victims Act relating to sexual abuse in New York are:
- The establishment of a one-time, one-year window (starting August 14, 2019) during which victims can file a lawsuit against their abuser, no matter when the abuse occurred or if the case had been dismissed due to prior laws
- A five-year extension, from 23 years of age to 28 years of age, in the amount of time a child has to file a criminal lawsuit against their abuser before the statute of limitations goes into effect
- The establishment of 55 years of age as the maximum age at which a victim can file a civil lawsuit against their abuser before the statute of limitations goes into effect
- The elimination of notice of claim requirements that had previously prevented victims from filing lawsuits against institutions accused of systemic abuse
- An increase in required judicial training on the topic of childhood sexual abuse
Sexual abuse survivors and supporters have been fighting to protect children and humanize these laws for many years and are encouraged to see government officials helping to make a difference. One important advocate, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, expressed support for the Child Victims Act by attending the vote in late-January then signed the bill into law on February 14th after overwhelming approval from the New York state House and Senate.
What to Expect at Your Consultation with our Firm and Beyond
At the initial consultation, clients receive immediate validation and support. Through discussion with you, we begin to understand the events that led you to seek legal counsel and the pertinent details about the incident(s). Initial consultation appointments are generally one hour in length. When you become our client, you are no longer alone in this journey for validation and closure. Our clients have told us of the feeling of great relief they have experienced when they finally understood that the abuse was not their fault. The focus of our work together is to hold the abuser accountable while helping survivors take a courageous step in the direction of justice and emotional freedom.
Through the civil justice system, we seek validation for our clients. As one example, our sex abuse attorney won a $2,750,000 verdict for a woman that was molested as a child forty years ago. Despite the fact that there were few records to support her claim, the jury sided with Attorney Bartlett.
Bartlett Legal Group represents and has successfully represented Boy Scouts who have been sexually abused by Connecticut Scout Leaders such as Alton Parady in southern Connecticut, and David (Dirk) Davenport of Madison, CT. For additional information on Boy Scout sexual abuse click here.
Attorney Bartlett was the lead sexual abuse attorney who negotiated a confidential settlement in one of the representative cases that resulted from the largest documented case of serial pedophilia and child pornography in Connecticut state history in which a trusted hospital doctor was fondling and taking inappropriate pictures of his child patients. Don’t think you don’t have a case.
Call 203-439-7717 to schedule a free consultation. If you or anyone you know has been abused let us help.
Sources: above notes, attachments, https://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/rpt/2013-R-0162.htm
Our mission at Bartlett Legal Group is to be the best sexual abuse law firm in Connecticut and to give victims a voice.