Sexual abuse is an absolutely inexcusable act. It carries repercussions that never truly end, and creates wounds which may never fully heal. The physical, emotional, and psychological impact of these terrible acts can permanently alter a victim’s personality, and many survivors are completely deprived of their ability to feel comfortable, happy, and secure in their everyday lives. They may fall into patterns of promiscuity, alcoholism, or drug addiction to dull the pain they have been forced to cope with, and often withdraw from relationships and hobbies they formerly enjoyed. Survivors frequently suffer from conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, or PTSD.
Sadly, many of these innocent victims do not feel safe enough to pursue legal action against the predator. Abusers are experts at emotional manipulation, and in some cases even threaten their victims or victims’ families with violence or other acts of retaliation. This cruel power dynamic is completely unacceptable. The victims of these heinous acts have every right to seek justice and accountability for the horror they have endured.
The Philadelphia sexual abuse attorneys of Reiff & Bily want to help you fight for the closure you deserve. Call our law offices at (215) 274-0072 to schedule a free, confidential legal consultation today.
Reiff & Bily: Philadelphia Sexual Abuse Lawyers
While filing a lawsuit cannot turn back the hands of time to take back what has already happened, it can expose the predator, and lead to significant financial compensation. What abuse survivors endure is despicable, but many litigants find that fighting back offers priceless peace of mind. Your brave actions today could even prevent others from being hurt by the same abuser in the future.
With so much hanging in the balance, you need a team of committed, aggressive attorneys with a history of achieving excellent results. The attorneys of Reiff & Bily have more than 34 years of experience, and we have represented thousands of clients in a wide variety of highly complex cases. Our firm is supported by a nationally recognized team of abuse experts, investigators, and law enforcement officials, and all of our attorneys have received settlements and verdicts in excess of seven and eight figures. We are dedicated to the pursuit of justice, and will fight relentlessly on your behalf.
Cases Our Firm Has Handled
Cases of sexual abuse and unlawful contact often involve perpetrators who hold a position of power over trusting victims. These predators exploit their authority, instill feelings of fear and shame, and actively try to suppress the voices of those they prey upon. We have prosecuted against physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, grief counselors, teachers, camp counselors, Scout masters, clergy, and family members. Our clients have ranged from young children to elderly individuals who suffered harm while in nursing homes.
One of our landmark cases involved a young female victim who was repeatedly molested and raped by her treating psychiatrist. The case resolved for a seven-figure amount. In another case, our lawyers were able to prove that a restaurant manager was molesting underage female employees and threatening them if they spoke out.
More recently, a Pennsylvania restaurant manager with a presence on Megan’s List was arrested and charged for groping and fondling female teenage employees ages 15 and 16. The restaurant was a well known national franchise that failed to perform an inexpensive and necessary background check as a tool for preventing such incidents.
Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Statistics
This issue is disturbingly prevalent in the United States. A study published by David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, found that up to 16% of all individuals aged 14 to 17 are sexually abused over the course of an average year. One in five girls will be victimized, as will one in 20 boys. A 2003 report compiled by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 75% of all cases involved a perpetrator who was well known to the victim.
Elderly individuals housed in nursing homes are also disproportionately affected by these reprehensible crimes. Many fear coming forward against their caregivers, and as a result, the precise statistics are largely unknown. However, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in Pennsylvania, only about 30% of all sexual abuse is reported by victims aged 65 or older. The vast majority of abuse takes place in care facilities, which account for roughly 83% of all incidents.
Our Attorneys Can Help Victims of Sexual Abuse in Philadelphia
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse, call the law offices of Reiff & Bily at (215) 274-0072 for a free and completely confidential case evaluation. You can also contact us online.