According to a U.S. Health and Human Services study, more than 83,000 substantiated reports of sexually abused children were made in 2005 alone. The actual number of incidents of sexual abuse is likely much higher because it is believed that sexual abuse, especially amongst children, is significantly underreported. Sexual abuse and molestation cause great suffering for victims.
Victims often deal with unimaginable humiliation and shame and it often leaves long-lasting emotional and psychological damage.
The abuse and betrayal often arises out of institutions of trust—churches (Catholic Church, Dioceses), day care and child care facilities, the entertainment industry (actors, managers, production assistants), schools (teachers, youth camps and scouting clubs (boy scouts, YMCA), athletic leagues (coaches), summer camp & day camp counselors and staff, doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, and other organizations (foster care) or student exchange programs. There have also been an increasing number of cases involving sexual assault by massage therapists.
Abuse also impacts disabled persons, employees in the work place and travelers on cruise ships. Powerful organizations like the Catholic Church have been able to shelter accused priest and clergy as there continues to be no mention of penalties, censures, or removal from office for bishops who continue to hide and cover-up for the abusive priests. Many sexual predators are often wealthy and powerful and able to focus vast resources and high profile legal teams in an attempt to deflect attention, avoid criminal liability, and deny justice to their victims.
Our attorneys also represent victims of child pornography where pedophiles and child molesters collect and distribute child pornography.
Because sexual predators tend to abuse more than one victim, pursuing a civil lawsuit can help prevent the person who did the harm from doing the same to another child or person.
Recently Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorney Brad Edwards pursued victim rights cases on behalf of ten women who, between 12 and 15 years of age, were sexually molested and abused by Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein. Edwards proved that Epstein, now a registered pedophile, and his international sex trafficking criminal enterprise exploited them and hundreds of other underage girls.
Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. We want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.
Attorney Brad Edwards has provided countless hours as a victims advocate, talking to individuals who have been victims of violent or sexual crimes and helping them through the many issues that crime victims encounter – such as options for payment of emergency and medical expenses, and understanding of the police investigation or criminal justice system, available counseling and options for pursuing civil justice for the crime committed.
Our consultations with potential clients are free and confidential. If we take your case, we are only paid fees and costs of suit if we succeed in winning a recovery for you. We advance the costs of your case, too, so there’s no cost to you of bringing your lawsuit or claim.