Your Rights as a Victim of Sexual Abuse

Fighting for justice and healing for sexually-abused children.

In the wake of the Penn State sexual abuse scandal, many parents have been shocked by how easy it is for an authority figure to get away with sexual abuse on an innocent child. It is hard to believe that someone entrusted to guide and care for a child can abuse this trust in such a horrifying way.

Children will inherently trust adults, making it easy for a predator to exert authority over the child. Children that are the victims of sex abuse are also intimidated by the predator that abuses them and is easily persuaded to keep it to themselves. In fact, because children victimized by sexual abuse are vulnerable and naive, they are easily manipulated into feeling as if they need to keep giving in to their abuser or they will suffer the consequences of their parents or friends finding out. Not only do pedophiles take advantage of a child’s innocence, these fear tactics often succeed in convincing a child not to tell anyone—especially if the predator is close to the family.

The damaging effects of abuse are permanent; at the very least, a child will be unable to trust adults—at worst, a child or young adult will become depressed or even suicidal.

At Ostroff Law, we believe that child sexual abuse is an unforgivable act that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our team of attorneys have fought for victims against high-profile offenders, including serving as Penn State abuse lawyers and attorneys for children abused by members of the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

For a free consultation, contact our offices today at (855) 880-6667.

A few things your attorney will do for you:

  • Protect your privacy and/or your child’s privacy. Victims are often concerned about confidentiality, wanting to keep their identity as private as possible. Our team knows how to handle the press and knows how to control the criminal process, making sure your child and/or family maintains its privacy throughout the legal proceeding.
  • Support the criminal case that may be ongoing. Many offenders are subject to both criminal and civil legal action. If convicted of a sexual crime, the offender may face jail time, as well as their being subject to monetary damages for victims they have assaulted. Our lawyers have experience in criminal trials, and assist prosecutors in finding evidence and moving the process along effectively.
  • Explain the nature of your case. For example, many people don’t realize there is a statute of limitations for bringing a sexual abuse civil claim. However, if the victim did not come forward because of threats or intimidation, the statute of limitations may be extended.

You need a lawyer who knows what they are doing. We’ve got three.

Our team of sex abuse lawyers have has a combined 80 years of experience representing victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey—including work as a former criminal prosecutor which gives us a unique perspective on the inner workings of the law. Our sexual abuse attorneys Slade McLaughlin, Paul Lauricella and Jon Ostroff are recognized for their decades of experience handling tough cases. We have received the best ranking possible from Martindale-Hubbell, along with recognition as “Best lawyers in America” and many other awards and honors. Members of our Sexual Abuse Legal Team are frequently quoted by television, print and web media sources around the country.

Paul, Slade and Jon are well known among sexual abuse victims and lawyers for their successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of sexual abuse victims and for their representation of children in various types of cases.

Our goal is to provide the best legal representation for sexual abuse victims throughout Pennsylvania, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. We start with a free consultation to discuss your case and your legal options. We will always counsel you with respect and sensitivity, giving you the facts you need while protecting your best interests.

We want what you want: justice and healing for a traumatized child abuse victim. See if you have a case by calling Ostroff Law today at (855) 880-6667.