New Jersey Molestation, Assault, and Child Abuse Attorneys. Representing the Families and Victims of the State.
Child sexual assault is a growing problem in our communities that has been underscored by several recent, high-profile scandals. According to governmental child protection agencies, tens of thousands of children each year suffer some form of sexual assault.
It can be very difficult for victims living with the trauma of child sexual abuse to come forward. That is why McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C. offers confidential consultations with experienced child sexual abuse attorneys in New Jersey who can discuss your available legal remedies.
Successfully Represent 12 of the 33 victims of Sexual Abuse in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky Scandal
In litigation that drew media attention from around the world, Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella successfully represented 12 of the 33 victims of sexual abuse in the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky scandal. The individual settlement amounts remain confidential, but several clients were placed in the top monetary category of the claims against Penn State.
Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella represent “Billy Doe” in civil litigation against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia for covering up and enabling child molesters to gain access to Catholic school students.
Civil Remedies in New Jersey for Sexual Assault
While many people know that child sexual assault is a crime, few people know that there are also civil remedies in New Jersey for sexual assault that allow the victims of sexual assault to bring civil claims against their abusers, and those who helped to cover-up the abuse or helped to enable the abuse.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, you have every right to demand justice. Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella are proven advocates for the victims of child sexual abuse in New Jersey. Our attorneys will hold the perpetrators of abuse accountable for the physical and emotional injuries that they have inflicted. They understand the delicate emotional issues in these cases and are proud to help guide victims through the complex legal process. For instance, they are able to file an action on your behalf without revealing your identity.
Slade McLaughlin and Paul Lauricella have personally represented clients who were sexually abused, molested, or raped by:
- Day care providers.
- Priests, clergy, ministers, or religious leaders and volunteers.
- Nursing home staff or residents.
- Therapists, counselors, physicians, and other professionals.
Child Sexual Assault Law in New Jersey
The civil law in New Jersey protects victims of child sexual assault and allows victims to recover for their physical and emotional injuries. In addition to recognizing claims of physical injury caused by sexual assault, the law also recognizes claims for the infliction of emotional distress.
Experienced civil lawyers in New Jersey who understand child sexual assault cases will also look beyond the direct perpetrator, and hold the appropriate third parties accountable. For example, if the offender’s job placed the perpetrator in contact with the victim, like a coach or a teacher, then your attorney may also be able to pursue a claim for negligence against the employer.
Time Limits to File a Civil Action for Child Sexual Assault in New Jersey
Under New Jersey civil law, the time limitation to file a lawsuit for child sexual abuse is determined on a case-by-case basis. The New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Act requires that a lawsuit must be filed within two years of “discovery of the injury and its causal relationship to the sexual abuse.” N.J.S.A §2A:61B-1(b). Victims suffer emotional and psychological trauma that sets in motion a lifelong chain of events. Often, victims will not realize the effect that the abuse has had on them until long after the abuse has occurred.
This means that the victim’s lawyer must present evidence to the court that a reasonable person subjected to childhood sexual abuse would not have discovered, and that the victim did not discover, that the defendant’s conduct caused the victim’s injury earlier than two years before the victim’s lawsuit was filed. N.J.S.A §2A:61B-1(b). The “discovery rule,” as adopted by New Jersey in child sexual abuse cases, essentially recognizes that there are many reasons that child victims do not come forward earlier to confront their abusers.