Sexual abuse is a topic that most people would like to avoid. Unfortunately,
families and children have to face this type of victimization. As attorneys,
we too have to face this type of assault because we can provide help to
families and children in need. Sexual abuse cases are discrete and as
experienced Poughkeepsie child sexual abuse attorneys, we have the legal knowledge and emotional understanding to help you and
your family obtain the recovery to help you heal and hold perpetrators
accountable for the harm that they have caused.
In most cases, more than one child has been abused. For example, cases
in which teachers are accused of sexually abusing students typically involve
more than one victim because there are multiple victims available for
the teacher to prey on. Talking to the victim with empathy, understanding,
kindness, and sympathy, we can receive the facts necessary to identify
and hold accountable those who harmed your child. Moreover, by being discrete
in our investigation, we can locate other victims who have been harmed
by the same person.
Sex abuse cases will typically implicate both federal and state law. While states may
have a cap on the amount of damages one can recover, federal courts are
not as restrained in awarding proper and adequate compensation to sex
abuse victims. Our attorneys are well aware of these nuances and we are
fully equipped to commence a federal action on your behalf if a federal
court can better provide you with adequate compensation.
Our attorneys have the training and experience to understand the procedural
aspects of bringing federal actions. Moreover, we are fully learned on
the substantive legal differences between federal and state laws. Procedural
rules affect the ways in which a suit may be commenced, how discovery
is handled, the rules that must be followed during trial, and all other
facets of a case’s lifespan from inception to conclusion. These
rules are sometimes vastly different from New York State courts to federal courts.
We also know that nine out of ten victims of sexual abuse knew their perpetrator.
A majority of these perpetrators are not of the same family as the victim,
but rather, they know the victim through school, friends, or from the
neighborhood in which they live.
This is exactly what makes sex abuse cases difficult to begin because the
child feels frightened or nervous about implicating a friend, acquaintance,
or family member. Since there may not be any witnesses who can corroborate
the victim’s allegations, the difficulty of these cases is compounded.
Moreover, the time that has passed from the moment of victimization to
the moment of trial may be large.
The attorney representing the accused will try to take advantage of these
difficulties. However, our attorneys know how to surmount these obstacles.
If your child is a victim of sexual abuse, please contact us today for
a case consultation.
Our child abuse attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston,
Newburgh where we have offices.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident, please
do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or toll free
at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.