SEXUALLY ABUSED BY A PRISON GUARD, MEDICAL DOCTOR OR OTHER PERSON OF TRUST?

The deadline to file your claim under the Adult Survivors Act will expire soon. If you were a victim, contact us to see if you qualify before time runs out.

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What is the New York Adult Survivors Act?

The New York Adult Survivors Act (ASA) is a groundbreaking law that aims to provide justice for victims who experienced sexual abuse in the State of New York when they were 18 years of age or older. Specifically designed for individuals who have suffered institutional abuse by prison guards, medical doctors, or other persons in positions of trust, the ASA offers a vital lifeline to those seeking compensation and closure. 

If you or a loved one have been a victim of sexual abuse in prisons, jails, healthcare settings, or other enabling institutions, Levy Konigsberg can help you use your rights under the ASA to begin your journey towards healing and justice. 

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How Long Do I Have to File?

This new legislation creates a one-year window for survivors to come forward, regardless of when the abuse occurred. To ensure you have the opportunity to seek justice, it is crucial to initiate the process as early as possible. 

Don't delay—file your lawsuit before this date to hold sexual abusers accountable. You do not have to conclude your case by Nov. 23, 2023, but you do need to file it before that date. 

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The deadline is approaching: November 23, 2023. 

Adult Survivors Act Applies to Medical Settings

Within hospitals, instances of institutional abuse may involve patients being subjected to sexual abuse by healthcare professionals entrusted with their care.

Examples of institutional abuse in hospital settings related to sexual abuse may include:

Non-consensual sexual contact or assault by healthcare professionals. 

Failure to respond appropriately to reports or complaints of sexual abuse. 

Exploitation of power dynamics by healthcare staff to engage in sexual misconduct. 

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The ASA Applies to Inmates of New York Prisons and Correctional Facilities 

The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that sexual victimization within state and federal correctional facilities can take different forms, including:

Sexual Victimization: Involving the coercion of inmates into non-consensual sex acts. 

Sexual Misconduct: Encompassing any sexual acts between staff members and inmates. 

Sexualized Behavior: Inappropriate behavior by corrections staff towards inmates can qualify as sexual victimization or assault.

Examples of corrections staff who may be involved in sexual abuse include, Correctional Officers, Prison Doctors, Prison Employees, Prison Contractors and Prison Volunteers. 

Just some prison facilities where known sexual abuse has taken place include:

RIKERS-ROSE M. SINGER CENTER 

BAYVIEW 

ALBION 

BEDFORD HILLS

TACONIC 

Regardless of when the abuse occurred, the Adult Survivors Act now empowers survivors to hold accountable those responsible for their abuse within the corrections system.

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Dr. Robert Hadden

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani 

Dr. Darius Paduch

Are There Known Doctors Who Have Committed Sexual Abuse? 

Thanks to the Adult Survivors Act, victims of several doctors who have committed sexual assult can still seek finanical compensation: 

Recently, Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian reached a $164 million agreement concerning former gynecologist Robert Hadden. The agreement addresses sexual abuse and misconduct against 146 past patients, occuring between 1993 and 2012. 

Plaintiffs have recently stepped forward accusing urologist Dr. Darius Paduch of sexual abuse during their time at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and Northwell Health. 

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, a neurologist who practiced at several NY medical facilities, was found guilty on 12 counts of predatory sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape and other crimes, stemming from his treatment of six patients that he saw around 2012. 

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These lawsuits represent a significant step in seeking justice for the survivors of sexual abuse and misconduct.

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Levy Konigsberg is dedicated to representing survivors of sexual offenses, including those abused in prisons, hospitals, medical facilities, and colleges. We fight tirelessly for justice and fair compensation.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted in an institutional setting, contact us for a free consultation.

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