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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 necessary understanding to work with victims of sexual abuse on a confidential basis. While a lawsuit cannot change the past, filing a civil lawsuit can help prevent sexual predators from hurting others in the future and also provide financial compensation.

You Are Not Alone

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. Many times, these sexual predators abused their positions of authority such as priests, teachers, club leaders, neighbors, relatives or other adults.

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 and protect others from future harm.

Holding Institutions Accountable

In some cases, a civil suit can be brought against institutions and its representatives, 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.

That Happened to Me

The sexual abuse lawyers at Simmons Hanly Conroy are working to give child sexual abuse victims a voice by teaming up with internationally known Attorney Mitchell Garabedian to sponsor That Happened to Me, a powerful initiative designed to help victims finally break free from the past and secure the justice they deserve.


New York Archdiocese Offers Compensation to Sexual Abuse Victims

The Archdiocese of New York has created a compensation program for the victims of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, which was hidden for decades. Starting in 2017, victims of the NY Archdiocese may apply for compensation through the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP). The first 170 cases are currently moving through the settlement process, and the IRCP will begin evaluating new claims as early as February.

The compensation program allows individuals hurt by the Catholic Church in New York to seek justice and closure in a manner that feels more safe and private. In addition, many individuals’ cases may be too old for court – but not for the compensation program.

Simmons Hanly Conroy’s New York attorneys are currently helping victims who may be eligible for compensation through the IRCP understand their legal rights.


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Experienced Sexual Abuse Lawyers

In April 2013, Shareholders Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy, along with co-counsel Mitchell Garabedian, settled a landmark sex abuse case on behalf of 24 Haitian boys for $12 million dollars. This Catholic sex abuse lawsuit brought sexual abuse claims against the Society of Jesus of New England, Fairfield University, the Order of Malta, Hope Carter, Father Paul Carrier, and Fairfield graduate Douglas Perlitz.

Previously, Perlitz was convicted of sex abuse by a Connecticut court and is currently serving a 20-year sentence. The criminal investigations, headed by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Interpol and the United Nations, found he was sexually abusing underprivileged boys who lived and attended school at a Cap-Haitien orphanage overseen by the Society.

The $12 million civil settlement was ranked by The National Law Journal as a “Top 50 Settlement of 2013.” Since then, more boys have come forward and, after more than six years, the team continues to fight in order to achieve justice for all victims.

Your Voice Matters. If It Happened to You, It Happened to Others.

Attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy understand the courage it takes to tell your story and are ready to help you pursue truth and justice. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced sexual abuse lawyers. There is no obligation, and your information is kept confidential and private.

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