Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuits

If you or a loved one are a victim of sexual abuse, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the responsible individuals or institutions. The attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy, led by Shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, have the experience and compassion necessary to carefully and confidentially work with victims of sexual abuse. While litigation cannot change the past, filing a civil lawsuit can help you prevent sexual predators from hurting others in the future and also provide you financial compensation.

Experienced Sexual Abuse Lawyers

In April 2013, Simmons Hanly Conroy attorneys settled a landmark sex abuse case on behalf of 24 Haitian boys for $12 million dollars. In this Catholic sex abuse lawsuit, Simmons Hanly Conroy brought sexual abuse claims against the Society of Jesus of New England, Fairfield University, the Order of Malta, Hope Carter, Father Paul Carrier, and a Fairfield graduate Douglas Perlitz.

Father Carrier and Mr. Perlitz began traveling to Haiti in the late 1990s. Perlitz organized meals and schooling for orphaned street children in Cap Haitien. Father Carrier, who travelled to Cap Haitien twice a month from Fairfield, Connecticut, secured funding and management oversight from Fairfield University, the Jesuits, and The Order of Malta for a residential school for boys known as Project Pierre Toussaint. Volunteers from Fairfield University and elsewhere participated, and the school, which helped underprivileged boys, expanded yearly.In 2009, reports of abuse at the school began to surface and criminal investigations were begun by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Interpol and the United Nations. In 2010, Perlitz pled guilty in a Connecticut court. He was convicted and is currently serving a 20-year sentence for his crimes, and Father Carrier has been removed from Fairfield University.In 2011, Simmons Hanly Conroy, along with co-counsel Mitchell Garabedian, filed a civil sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of 24 Haitian children in Connecticut alleging the entities failed to properly supervise a priest, convicted of pedophilia. From the late 1990s until around 2010, the suit alleged dozens of boys were sexually abused. The lawsuit settled for $12 million and was ranked by The National Law Journal as a “Top 50 Settlement of 2013.”

Why File a Sexual Assault Civil Case

Victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse can file a lawsuit in civil court against those responsible for sexual abuse. Filing a civil sexual abuse lawsuit is the one option afforded sexual assault victims in the court system. It can result in monetary compensation for their suffering. Our attorneys understand that no amount of compensation can change the past, but securing justice can help ease the future.

In some cases, a civil suit can be brought against other people, such as church officials or school administrators, in addition to the perpetrator of the assault. For example, if the incident occurred at a Catholic Church or parochial school run by an archdiocese, that entity could also be liable because of a failure to provide adequate supervision or security with known sexual predators.Even if the priest or school official was found not guilty of sexual abuse in a criminal court, victims can still file sex abuse lawsuits in civil court and have a chance to recover damages for emotional and physical harm. In order to find the accused perpetrator civilly liable for abuse, attorneys for the victims only need to show that it is more likely than not that the person committed the alleged wrongful act.

You Are Not Alone

Attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are ready to hear your story and help you pursue truth and justice. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual abuse lawyers. There is no charge to you for this service, and your information is kept confidential. Call us at 1-866-468-8631 or fill out the form and someone will be in touch shortly.

We are here to help. We can help sexual abuse victims of all ages, including children, adults and adults who were abused when they were children by sexual abusers who held positions of authority such as priests, teachers, club leaders, neighbors, relatives or other adults who violated their trust.

Contacting us is free and your information will remain confidential. Get help today by calling 1-866-468-8631 or by filing out the form.

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