New Jersey Civil Sex Abuse Lawyers
Many victims of sexual abuse find themselves faced with a sad reality: the criminal justice process is not centered on the victim’s needs. Victims are not, in fact, even a party to the proceedings. For that and many other reasons, a criminal case can be a cold, uncomfortable, and unsatisfying way to punish perpetrators or help victims recover.
It is important to know victims of sexual abuse, whether they are children or adults, have the right to bring a civil legal action against the perpetrator of their abuse. Civil cases can also be emotionally challenging for sex abuse survivors, but in a civil case you are a party. Decisions about timing, strategy, and settlement are yours to make, in consultation with your lawyer. The compassionate New Jersey civil sex abuse lawyers of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm can advise you as you confront the challenging task of making these decisions.
What is sexual assault and sexual abuse?
Sexual assault or abuse is defined as any form of unwanted sexual advance, such as inappropriate sexual touching or contact by force, or threat without consent. It is also sexual activity deemed improper or harmful, such as between an adult and a minor or with a person of diminished mental capacity. These situations can cause lifelong pain, suffering, and feelings of shame and worthlessness. Instances of sexual assault or sexual abuse can include:
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by the clergy.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a professional, such as a doctor or therapist.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by someone who is using their position of power or influence to take advantage of another, such as an employer.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a teacher, coach, or mentor.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a coworker.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a member of your family.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a stranger.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a friend or someone on a date.
- Sexual assault or sexual abuse by a camp counselor.
- Any unwanted sexual contact.
Sexual abuse is unacceptable and its perpetrators must be held accountable. You may be unsure of where to turn for help after you or a loved one becomes the victim of a sex crime. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling these sensitive matters and understand how long-lasting and scarring they can be.
Experienced in Helping People Just Like You
Civil sex abuse cases can be complex because proving allegations of sexual abuse is challenging, especially in cases where there is little or no physical evidence, or where the abuse occurred in the past. The New Jersey sex abuse attorneys of the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm have tremendous experience representing victims of sex abuse in civil lawsuits seeking to recover financial compensation for the harm done to them.
We are an experienced sex abuse law firm that practices discretion and compassion when we work with survivors of sexual abuse. You will find our skilled attorney to be protective towards you and extremely aggressive towards the perpetrator. We will also work with local police and county prosecutors throughout any criminal proceedings against perpetrators and will take the appropriate steps to obtain key discovery materials, which often requires our New Jersey sex abuse lawyer to file a motion with the Court.
Why work with Todd J. Leonard Law Firm?
Attorney Todd Leonard handles personal injury claims and fights hard to protect the rights of victims. For example, we have represented people who were victims of:
- Priest sex abuse
- Police sex abuse
- Sexual assaults committed by a coach or counselor
- Sexual assaults that occurred in the workplace
- Sexual assaults due to inadequate security
We believe our extensive experience is extremely valuable when we provide legal help to sex abuse survivors. From a legal perspective, part of the challenge in a sex abuse lawsuit is translating the harm done to our client into a dollar amount. We have successfully filed lawsuits against employers, school boards and schools, police departments, camps, and the clergy and church.
Our New Jersey Sexual Assault attorneys have filed lawsuits in both federal and state court depending on the facts and circumstances of the sexual abuse or assault to obtain justice for our clients. Pursuant to 42 USC 1983, sexual abuse victims have rights to receive compensation for injuries resulting from the deprivation of their civil rights provided under the Constitution. For example, the Due Process Clause provides that a state shall not “Deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
Take the First Step Towards Help
We have tremendous experience working with experts in the fields of medicine, mental and physical health care, school boards, and other necessary fields. Our relationships with respected experts in these fields allow us to build strong and convincing arguments on behalf of sex abuse survivors who seek to file civil suits. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys as soon as possible and to seek the legal representation you deserve.
Attorney Todd Leonard is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and has been selected for inclusion in the list of New Jersey’s Super Lawyers® for several years. Our firm has handled numerous sexual assault and sexual abuse cases in New Jersey. Contact the dedicated New Jersey civil sex abuse attorneys with the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm at (973) 920-7900 to schedule a free case evaluation now.