Middletown Sexual Abuse Lawyers

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Sexual abuse includes rape, sexual child abuse, and sexual harassment and can have long-term effects on the victim. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, 14% of the residents in Connecticut report having experienced childhood sexual assault. We need a systematic response to end sexual violence in our society, as it is a problem that affects boys and girls and is often perpetrated by someone the victim trusts. Read on to learn more about sexual abuse and how our Connecticut sexual abuse attorneys can help you pursue justice.

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Suing for Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a serious and punishable offense in Connecticut. Any entity or individual responsible for sexual abuse can be held liable for a victim’s sexual abuse. A perpetrator will be held accountable for their actions against a victim. In contrast, an entity can be held responsible if they were aware the perpetrator could assault the victim but did nothing to prevent the situation.

Our skilled Connecticut sexual abuse attorneys at Aeton Law will help you investigate your case to determine the liable party. We have successfully helped sexual victims settle claims against perpetrators and entities for the sexual abuse committed against them. Contact us at (860) 785-2099 for a confidential consultation if you have questions about filing a sexual abuse claim in Connecticut.

We've Recovered Compensation for Sexual Abuse in Connecticut

Confidential Settlement

Attorney Baber reached a confidential settlement with the owner of a daycare in an amount representing the full homeowner’s policy limits on behalf of a 5-year-old who was abused at an at-home daycare by another child. The claims against the daycare provider included breaches of Connecticut’s regulations of home daycare providers and common law claims. The settlement was reached before a lawsuit was ever filed.

Confidential Settlement

Attorney Baber reached a confidential settlement with a Connecticut city’s Board of Education on behalf of a teenage student who was sexually assaulted by a substitute teacher and coach. The Board settled the claims at mediation before a lawsuit was ever filed, even though the coach was arrested, and the sexual abuse occurred off campus. Settling prior to commencing a lawsuit was crucial, as Attorney Baber’s minor client never had to be deposed or testify.

$450,000 Settlement

Attorney Baber settled a sexual abuse claim on behalf of a now 51-year-old man who was sexually abused by a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Church beginning when he was 12 years old. The abuser, now deceased, was Reverend Father Joseph Shaloka. He was the priest at St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Terryville, Connecticut until his death in 1990. Attorney Baber’s client showed extraordinary courage in pursuing his claim. We were able to resolve his decades-old claim without ever having to file a lawsuit

Anyone who commits sexual abuse will face criminal charges in Connecticut. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, there are legal options you can explore, including filing a civil claim against the perpetrator for damages. Our team has extensive experience helping victims of sexual assault seek justice.

You do not have to go through the process alone. Let our skilled and compassionate attorneys help you pursue justice. Call (860) 785-2099 now to discuss your case.

How we can help with your sexual abuse case

Pursuing legal action after sexual abuse can be difficult as you may be forced to relieve the experience. You do not have to go through this experience alone. Having legal help on your side can make a significant difference. Our qualified sexual abuse attorneys at Aeton Law can help you maneuver the legal system and hold your abuser accountable.

Gather evidence

We will help you collect the necessary evidence to support your claim, ensuring you get a favorable outcome. We have extensive experience working on sexual abuse cases and know how to build a strong case. We will also investigate whether or not the perpetrator has prior sexual offenses.

Educate you on your legal options and rights

The type of sexual abuse, timeline, and circumstances surrounding it will inform the type of claim you can file. We are well versed with the laws governing sexual abuse and have successfully helped multiple sexual assault victims get justice against their perpetrators. We will review your case and help you understand your legal options, the best course of action to take, the statute of limitation, and your options for receiving damages.

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Help minimize interaction with the perpetrator

We can help minimize your interaction with the perpetrator if you are willing to testify against them. Doing this helps prevent them from intimidating you and allows you to focus on seeking justice. We will go with you to court throughout the trial and take care of most of the communication.

Respect your confidentiality

We understand that sexual abuse can be traumatic, and you may not want to recount the details in a trial. Once you share the details with us, you can choose to stay anonymous, and we will advocate for your rights and hold the perpetrator accountable for their crime.

We bring extensive knowledge and experience to the table

The Aeton Law sexual abuse attorneys have years of experience working on different sexual abuse cases. We will be by your side every step, helping you face your perpetrator and bring them to justice for the crime they committed against you.

  • Sexual abuse is a punishable offense in Connecticut
  • Anyone can be affected by sexual violence
  • There are various legal options you can explore as a victim of sexual abuse
  • Consider talking to a qualified sexual abuse lawyer in Connecticut if you are a victim of sexual assault

What is the statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims in Connecticut?

The statute of limitations for filing sexual abuse claims against a perpetrator’s intentional acts is three years from the date of the assault. The limit is two years from the date of the assault if you are filing against an entity or any other person, such as the perpetrator’s employer, who could have been negligent for letting them have contact with you.

The statute of limitation for children victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation is much longer. In Connecticut, child victims claiming damages can file up to thirty years past the age of abuse.

Statutes of Limitations are procedural laws that govern when a claim may be brought after it has “accrued” (when it happened). Most Connecticut personal injury cases will fall under Connecticut’s personal injury negligence statute of limitations, Connecticut General Statutes § 52-584. This statute imposes a two-year window within which to commence a lawsuit. For example, if you received personal injuries in a car accident in Hartford caused by the bad driving of another person, then you would have two years from the date of that accident to commence a lawsuit against the bad driver. Note, it is not enough for the injured person to make a claim to the responsible person’s insurance company within that time period. Instead, you must “commence” a civil lawsuit by a formal process.

Connecticut applies different statutes of limitations to sexual abuse claims. For example, Connecticut General Statutes § 52-577e allows the victim of sexual assault to bring a civil claim at any time, without any time limitation, if the person who assaulted the victim is convicted of first-degree sexual assault or aggravated first-degree sexual assault.

If this specific provision does not apply, then the general statute of limitations for sexual abuse claims may apply, Connecticut General Statutes § 52-577d. However, there are significant questions that still have not been resolved with this statute.

In 2019, the Connecticut legislature changed the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. Prior to this change, a sexual abuse victim under the age of 21 had until the age of 48 (30 years past the age of 18) within which to bring a claim. The prior version of the statute stated: “… [N]o action to recover damages for personal injury to a minor, including emotional distress, caused by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault may be brought by a such person later than thirty years from the date such person attains the age of majority.”

In other words, under the old law, if a person was sexually abused in the 1980s at the age of 12, then that person would have 36 years to bring file a lawsuit – 6 years until that person turned 18, then another 30 years until the age of 48.

The 2019 legislation, known as Public Act 19-16 and also known as the “Time’s Up Act,” repealed and replaced this statute. It now reads: “…[N]o action to recover damages for personal injury to a person under twenty-one years of age, including emotional distress, caused by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault may be brought by a such person later than thirty years from the date such person attains the age of twenty-one.”

Seemingly, this extended the statute of limitations in one way: it redefined the age of the class of victims it applied to, from those under 18 to those under the age of 21. Now, a victim under the age of 21 has until the victim’s 51st birthday to bring a lawsuit.

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However, and most importantly, this statute specifically only applies to claims where sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual exploitation occurred on or after October 1, 2019. The previous law applied to claims that occurred prior to its passage.

Unfortunately, the legislature intended this new law to only benefit those victims well into the future, at the enormous expense of victims of abuse before October 1, 2019. As a result, it is entirely unclear what statute of limitations applies to those victims who were abused as minors prior to October 1, 2019. Because Connecticut’s legislature abandoned those victims, it appears as though the Courts will have to decide which law applies to this class of victims.

Attorney Baber has aggressively advocated those responsible for drafting this weak legislation to recognize and change the law so that those who were abused as minors prior to October 1, 2019, are not left in the dark, and instead, have clarity on what their rights are.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse lawsuit defense attorneys are preparing to argue that if the abuse occurred prior to October 1, 2019, the general statute of limitations of three years applies, even if the victim was under the age of 18.

If you have a sexual abuse claim that falls into these categories, then contact Aeton’s sexual abuse attorneys to discuss your case. We can help you navigate these complex issues.

  • 8% on school property
  • 10% in an enclosed public area like a garage or parking lot
  • 12% near or at a relative’s home
  • 15% in an open public space
  • 55% near or at the victim’s home

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Our dedication to superior service and personal investment in our cases is unmatched throughout the state of Connecticut.

Get in touch with a Sexual abuse attorney

The sexual assault attorneys at Aeton Law have more than 50 years of combined experience handling sexual abuse, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and personal injury cases in Connecticut. We are experts who understand the ins and outs of these cases and have a proven history of successfully representing our clients. Call us at (860) 785-2099 now to book an appointment. Let our dedicated, experienced, and compassionate team help you pursue justice in your sexual abuse case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone can be affected by sexual violence; in most instances, the violence is performed by someone the victim knows and trusts. Sexual abuse may occur when the victim is sleeping, running an errand, working, attending school, or doing any other activity. Most sexual abuse cases typically occur near or at a victim’s house. Here are places where sexual abuse injuries usually happen, according to the Bureau of justice statistics:

  • 8% on school property
  • 10% in an enclosed public area like a garage or parking lot
  • 12% near or at a relative’s home
  • 15% in an open public space
  • 55% near or at the victim’s home

Simply put, any person or entity responsible for sexual abuse can be held responsible for the victim’s abuse. Of course, the perpetrator of the abuse can be sued for that person’s intentional act of committing the abuse. In those cases, trouble often arises in whether that perpetrator can pay monetary damages for any judgment a victim receives. In other words, sometimes if the person who is responsible for the abuse has no insurance, assets, or money, then getting a judgment against that person does not mean the victim will actually ever receive a dime!

Experienced sexual abuse attorneys will also investigate to determine whether any other person or entity may be responsible for the victim’s injuries. Although an employer, for example, is not responsible for the intentional acts of his employee, if they knew or should have known that their employee may sexually abuse or hurt a person with whom the employee encounters during the course of employment, then that employer may be held responsible, too.

Oftentimes, employers have insurance, assets, and money to cover a money judgment. Therefore, the law allows a victim of sexual assault to sue the employer, too, if there are grounds to believe that the employer is also responsible.