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Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Attorneys
We are experienced Illinois attorneys who since 2001 have helped people who are victims of sexual abuse sue their abusers. You can call our office at 312-346-5320 or 800-517-1614 to speak with a lawyer for FREE or you can fill out our contact form and we will contact you.
Sexual abuse can be rape, fondling, unwanted touching or kissing or other forced or coerced acts. Nearly all of us are aware of the high-profile sexual abuse scandals involving the clergy. Priests or preachers are often held in high regard and have a position of power over their parishioners. But there are many other power dynamics between abuser and victim:
- Police officer and citizen
- Teacher and student
- Boss and employee
- Scout leaders and troop members
- Uber or Lyft drivers and passengers
- Coaches and players
Sexual abuse can occur in many forms. It may be repeated, unwanted touching from a boss or supervisor. It may be an unwarranted and aggressive strip search from a police officer. It may be sexual acts with a student by a teacher or school staff member.
The emotional after-effects of the sexual abuse can last for years or even a lifetime. Victims may want to bury what they experienced and never speak of it. However, if they want to pursue legal action against their abuser, the process of seeking justice may be incredibly healing for them. In addition, the money they receive in a settlement can pay for therapy and wellness treatments.
Illinois used to have a 20 year statute of limitations for bringing these lawsuits. Now there is no time limit for claims after 2013. That said, time is of the essence to bring these cases as you want to bring the lawsuit while evidence is fresh and more reliable.
A sexual abuse lawsuit may be filed against one person, the abuser. However, in many cases, the organization behind the abuser may be at fault as well. For example, if a high school teacher sexually assaults a student on school property, the school district may be responsible in some way if the act happened while the teacher was performing official duties or the school should have known about the abuse. The Catholic Church as an organization was responsible for covering up the horrible actions of some of its priests.
Sexual assault cases are very sensitive and emotional. You can speak with us confidentially and we can point you in the right direction. The attorneys we work with on these cases have a track record of success and are only paid if they are successful for you. Please contact us any time.