Victims of Church Sexual Abuse


Victims of Sexual Abuse

Background: The topic of sexual abuse has long been hidden behind closed doors. Now it is the news. Sadly, abused children are often victimized by adults in our most sacred establishments, religious institutions and schools, where clergy, teachers, coaches, and administrators can take advantage of their positions of power and trust to force children into abhorrent sexual acts.

The public outcry for justice for the innocent victims of sexual abuse at the hands of powerful aggressors has finally forced the New York State Legislature to act.  The Child Victims Act extends the time period for victims to sue their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them when they were most vulnerable.  Individuals will now have until their 55th birthday to bring civil lawsuits seeking monetary compensation. Additionally, beginning in August 2019, there will be a one-year window for those individuals whose lawsuits were previously time-barred to commence their case.

These lawsuits will monetarily compensate victims for the pain and anguish that their sexual abuse has long caused. If you have come to our website, chances are that you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse. Although nothing can erase the abuse and the years of suffering that it has caused, abuse victims now have the legal tools to fight back.

Who Can Apply: Under the new legislation, anyone up to their 55th birthday who is a victim of sexual abuse can commence a lawsuit against the sexual predator and their employer, often a religious institution or a school district. For a one-year period beginning in August 2019, anyone, including those age 55 and over can commence litigation.

When to ActIt is urgent that you act now. It has taken the New York State legislature years to act. Now that they have, don’t let your time to file a lawsuit expire.

The Attorneys:  For over forty years, the senior members of Gregory J. Cannata & Associates, LLP, have represented individuals who have suffered from both physical and psychological injuries, including victims of sexual abuse. Our firm  includes several former New York City prosecutors, all of whom are experienced in investigating and prosecuting sex crimes.  Our attorneys are compassionate and sensitive to the needs of their clients, but aggressive and relentless in seeking recoveries and justice.  

Our partners have also served at the forefront of the World Trade Center federal litigation as Lead Counsel appointed by the United States District Court, and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, where we have recovered over $200 million for our clients.

The attorneys of Gregory J. Cannata & Associates attack each case with a fierce determination to bring justice to their clients and will bring that same strenuous fight to the battle for the rights of sexual abuse victims.

Due to the sensitive nature of these claims and given that you may be contacting us concerning a child, you will speak and meet with one of the senior partners of the firm who will remain integral through conclusion of your claim. As always, any communication with our firm is strictly confidential.

Our fees:  All of our consultations are without cost to you. We receive the standard fee allowable in New York of  one-third of the net recovery. Any fee we earn is completely dependent upon our receiving a financial recovery for you and is not due unless and until an award is collected.


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