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Sexual Assault can impact a victim and her life immeasurably. The effects of this experience can be severely traumatizing and often include emotional and physical symptoms such as:
It is critical that a survivor has a trauma-informed attorney to work with her in her search for justice. Taking action can bring multiple benefits for the survivor including:
Under federal law, unlawful sexual harassment is gender based discrimination that involves
The harasser may be:
Under NYC Law, a victim of unlawful harassment need not demonstrate severe or pervasive conduct. They simply must show that it results in their being treated less well than other employees based on their sex.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
• Sexually offensive comments or "jokes"
• Sexual gestures
• Comments about a person's gender or sexual preferences, whether complimentary or derogatory
• Unwanted groping or touching
• Coerced sexual contact or activity
• Requests for sexual favors
• Requests of a sexually suggestive nature
• Displays of pornographic images
If you have been subjected to harassment, we can help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
ADULT SURVIVORS ACT
The Adult Survivors Act (ASA), NY, signed into law in May, suspends the statute of limitations for one year (from Nov. 24, 2022 to November 24, 2023) to file a civil suit for sexual offenses, regardless of when the alleged crime occurred. This mean that survivors can sue for sexual offenses they experienced years or even decades ago but never brought to court for various reasons including fear of retaliation, severe trauma, lack of support and resources, etc. The ASA does not provide for criminal prosecution, but survivors can seek compensation through the civil courts in New York.
NYC VICTIMS OF GENDER MOTIVATED PROTECTION LAW (VGMPL)
Similarly, effective March 1, 2023, the statute of limitations for claims filed under NYC's Victims of Gender Motivated Protection Law (VGMPL) will be suspended for one year so that surivors of gender-motivated violence can sue their abuser and anyone who enabled them, no matter when the violence occurred. The VGMPL already has a long statute of limitations of 7 years. It affords survivors a right to seek compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, attorney’s fees and costs.
VGMPL makes it unlawful in New York City to commit an act of violence because of a person's gender. It provides survivors the opportunity to seek recovery against the aggressors independently of their other potential claims of assault, battery, and allegations under federal and state civil rights laws.
CHILD VICTIMS ACT
Survivors of child sexual abuse may not fully understand what happened to them. They may blame themselves or feel ashamed, even though it was not their fault. Children often cannot face that perhaps a trusted adult has harmed them, and they feel responsible. They may not even tell anyone at the time.
Traumatic reactions to sexual abuse are innumerable and can last for many years. They may include:
We can help with resources to support survivors with treatment and counseling.
We are vigilant advocates for survivors, and we work to achieve a resolution that brings substantial compensation for the serious harm caused to our survivor clients.
Compensation may include medical care, therapeutic care and counseling, medication, and pain and suffering damages. Survivors may also be entitled to recover punitive damages depending on the specific circumstances and details of the abuse.
Sexual harassment is prohibited by:
- includes gender identity and transgender status
- includes actual or perceived gender, including transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming individuals
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. is a federal civil rights law which prohibits sex discrimination, including discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX :