Sexual Abuse Lawyers Rochester, NY: Compassionate Advocacy for Survivors Of Sexual Assault & Sex Abuse

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Hi, my name is Kat, and I am a devoted sexual abuse attorney proudly serving Rochester, NY, and the surrounding areas. My mission is to tirelessly pursue justice on behalf of my clients while ensuring their best interests are protected. Our committed team works diligently to secure the maximum compensation you are entitled to, while offering compassionate guidance and support throughout your journey. Let us be your steadfast allies as we work together to claim the justice you deserve.


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At Thomas Legal Counselors at Law, LLC, we are dedicated to providing compassionate and expert legal representation to survivors of sexual abuse in Rochester, NY, and surrounding areas. As experienced sexual abuse lawyers, we understand the pain and emotional trauma our clients face, and we are committed to fighting for justice and the compensation they deserve. Our firm is founded on the principles of empathy, understanding, and professionalism, and we are prepared to stand with you throughout your legal journey.

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Our team of experienced sexual abuse lawyers in Rochester, NY, has a deep understanding of the various forms of sexual abuse and the applicable laws in New York State. We have successfully represented clients in cases involving:

  • Child sexual abuse
  • Sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Institutional abuse, including schools, religious organizations, and other entities
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Sex trafficking
  • Other forms of sexual violence
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Understanding the Legal Process for Sexual Abuse Cases in New York

The legal process for filing a sexual abuse lawsuit in New York consists of several stages. While every case is unique, the following steps provide a general overview of the process:

  1. Initial Consultation: Contact an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to discuss your case and explore your legal options. During a free, confidential consultation, the attorney will evaluate the merits of your case and advise you on the best course of action.

  2. Investigation: If you decide to proceed with a lawsuit, your attorney will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your case. This may involve gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and identifying potential defendants. The lawyer may also consult with experts to help build a strong case on your behalf.

  3. Filing a Lawsuit: Your attorney will file a civil lawsuit against the responsible parties. In New York, there are specific time limits, known as statutes of limitations, for filing sexual abuse claims. Your lawyer will ensure that your case is filed within the appropriate timeframe.

  4. Discovery: The discovery phase involves the exchange of information and evidence between both parties. Your attorney will use this process to gather additional evidence, request documents, and depose witnesses to strengthen your case.

  5. Negotiation and Settlement: Many sexual abuse cases are resolved through settlement negotiations without going to trial. Your attorney will negotiate with the defendant's legal team to secure the maximum compensation for your pain, suffering, and other damages. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer will be prepared to take your case to trial.

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6. Trial: If your case goes to trial, your attorney will present your case before a judge and jury. They will advocate for the justice and compensation you deserve, using the evidence and testimony gathered during the discovery process. Trials can be lengthy and complex, but an experienced trial attorney will guide you through the process.

7. Post-Trial and Appeals: After the trial, there may be post-trial motions or appeals from either side. Your attorney will handle any necessary post-trial proceedings and, if required, represent you during the appeal process.

It is important to remember that the legal process can be lengthy and emotionally challenging. Working with an experienced and compassionate sexual abuse lawyer can provide you with the support and guidance needed to navigate the complexities of the legal system and pursue justice for the harm you have suffered.

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The New York Child Victims Act - Assistance For Childhood Sexual Abuse

The Child Victims Act (CVA) is a significant piece of legislation in New York State that expands the rights of childhood sex abuse survivors by extending the statutes of limitations for both criminal and civil cases. Signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on February 14, 2019, the CVA aims to provide survivors with more time to seek justice and hold their abusers accountable.

Key provisions of the Child Victims Act include:

  1. Extended Statute of Limitations for Criminal Cases: The CVA extends the statute of limitations for felony child sexual abuse offenses. Survivors can now file criminal charges against their abusers until they turn 28 years old (previously, the age limit was 23).
  2. Extended Statute of Limitations for Civil Cases: The CVA significantly extends the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits related to child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse victims can now file a civil claim against their abusers or responsible institutions until they reach the age of 55.
  3. One-Year "Lookback Window" (now expired): The CVA initially included a one-year "lookback window," which allowed survivors of any age to file civil lawsuits against their abusers or responsible institutions, regardless of when the abuse occurred. This provision aimed to provide justice for survivors who were previously unable to file a lawsuit due to the statute of limitations. The lookback window opened on August 14, 2019, and was later extended by Governor Cuomo until August 14, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  4. Notice of Claims: The CVA also amended the notice of claim requirements for public institutions, enabling survivors to file lawsuits against public entities such as schools and government agencies. Under the CVA, a notice of claim is not required for child sexual abuse cases.

The Child Victims Act has been a significant step forward in providing justice to survivors of child sexual abuse in New York State. By extending the statutes of limitations for both criminal and civil cases, the CVA enables survivors to seek accountability and compensation from their abusers, even if the abuse occurred many years ago.

Compensation for Survivors of Sex Abuse

As a survivor of sexual abuse, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial harm you have suffered. In the state of New York, our sex abuse lawyers in Rochester will work diligently to secure compensation that may cover:

  • Medical expenses, including therapy and counseling
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages and earning capacity
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Punitive damages, in cases of extreme negligence or malice

New York Sexual Abuse Survivor Resources

Victims of sexual abuse in Rochester, New York, can access various supportive resources to help them cope with the trauma and seek justice. Some of these resources include:

  1. Willow Domestic Violence Center
    • Website:
    • Phone: 24-hour hotline (585) 222-7233
    • Services: Offers crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and prevention education for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  2. RESTORE Sexual Assault Services
  3. Bivona Child Advocacy Center
    • Website:
    • Phone: (585) 935-7800
    • Services: Offers a child-friendly, safe environment for child abuse victims and their families, providing access to medical, mental health, and legal services in one location.
  4. Victim Assistance Program – Monroe County District Attorney's Office
    • Website:
    • Phone: (585) 753-4573
    • Services: Supports crime victims and witnesses by providing information on the criminal justice process, assistance with filing compensation claims, and referrals to community resources.
  5. New York State Office of Victim Services
    • Website:
    • Phone: (800) 247-8035
    • Services: Offers compensation to eligible crime victims, funds direct services to victims through a network of community-based programs, and advocates for victims' rights.
  6. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
    • Website:
    • Phone: 24-hour hotline (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
    • Services: Operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, which connects callers with trained support specialists from local sexual assault service providers.

These organizations provide a range of services, including crisis intervention, counseling, legal assistance, medical care, and advocacy. Reaching out to these resources can help sexual abuse survivors find the support and assistance they need during their healing process.

Speak With A Rochester Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today

At Thomas Legal Counselors at Law, LLC, we understand that the decision to seek justice for sexual abuse is deeply personal and often difficult. Our experienced and empathetic sexual abuse attorneys are here to provide the support and legal representation you need to navigate this challenging process. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Let us help you take the first step towards healing and justice.

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