Abuse Guardian: Brian Kent, Esq. - Philadelphia Abuse Guardian
Hi - I'm Brian. I am an attorney that practices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. I am a former sex crimes prosecutor and my day-to-day cases are almost exclusively helping survivors of sexual assault get justice. My team and I are ready to help.
If your family has recently been affected by sexual assault or child sexual abuse, you're not alone. Our sexual abuse law firm helps families like yours seek justice. Are you struggling with questions like:
Our experienced victims' rights attorneys serve survivors all over Pennsylvania from our law offices in Philadelphia, PA and can help you seek accountability and support after surviving a sexual crime. Speak with our compassionate lawyers for a free consultation of your case.
If you have been sexually abused, you were violated in a horrific way. In Pennsylvania, you have powerful legal rights and are able to pursue a civil lawsuit against the parties responsible for the physical and emotional harm you have suffered. Unfortunately in society, sexual abuse is more common than people may realize. This is where our Philadelphia sexual abuse lawyers come in, representing victims of abuse across a broad spectrum of cases, including:
Something that has been at the top of news stories over the last few years is the accusation of minors and vulnerable people being sexually abused within the church.
There are strong power dynamics within religious organizations, allowing priests, bishops, and other members of the clergy to victimize trusting members of the community. Across the country, there have been over 3,000 lawsuits filed against the Catholic dioceses, which may be just a percent of those abused. This also includes sexual assault in other religions such as:
Being a victim of sexual abuse within the workplace can be especially difficult. You are committed to your job but are now left wondering in fear, what consequences could you face for reporting acts of assault? There are laws that protect a victims of sexual offenses in the workplace whether they were committed by bosses, co-workers or even contractors.
Child sexual abuse is unfortunately common at public, private, and boarding schools. Perpetrators often seek positions of authority where they have access to children or other vulnerable populations. The abuse can come from teachers and even other faculty members.
Similar to the inappropriate contact our sexual abuse attorneys have represented in schools, similar offenses can be found in sports such as gymnastics, swimming, diving, and wrestling. Coaches have close contact to youth in often private situations. The violating acts can often be used as leverage by the perpetrator to be a more advanced athlete and get special advancements.
Our Philadelphia sexual abuse lawyers represent all types of child sex abuse, rape, molestation and sexual assault including, but not limited to the following:
By speaking out about your sexual abuse, you can help other victims find their voice and help stop sexual abuse from happening in the future. As a victim of sexual abuse you can hold the perpetrator accountable, do not wait to contact an attorney and learn more in a free consultation.
According to RAINN ( Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), "every 73 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Every 9 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 5 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison." Hundreds of people are affected by sexual abuse every day. If you or someone you love was assaulted, you have the legal right to file a civil lawsuit.
It is estimated that out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, only 230 are reported to the police. It is important to not only file a police report, but to contact an experienced Philadelphia sexual abuse lawyer to understand your options. Here is just a handful of frequently asked questions our team receives.
The statute of limitations defines a legal time limit you have to pursue your lawsuit. Pennsylvania has a strong tradition of civil common law allowing victims of sexual abuse to file a case. There are two different statutes in the state. One is for minors and the other for adult victims.
For child sexual abuse, the child typically has until their 30th birthday to file a civil lawsuit. For adult rape or sexual assault victims, the person has two years from the date of injury.
Pennsylvania has a law that recognizes that sexual acts do not have to include vaginal penetration. The involuntary deviate sexual intercourse (IDSI) charges are similar to those of rape but can be applied to a broader ranged of violations including oral and anal penetration. A predator may be charged with IDSI for crimes involving:
In Pennsylvania, victims of sexual abuse have the ability to file suit against both individual offenders as well as pursuing justice against the institutions that facilitate sexual abuse. Institutions can be found guilty of concealing allegations, protecting offenders or failing to report the crimes.
Pennsylvania is home to a wealth of free legal resources for sexual assault and abuse survivors. Below, you'll find a selection of these resources, along with helpful information on how each organization can help. Every organization in our list provides their services free of charge.
If you are a victim of rape, assault, or child abuse, do not hesitate to contact an attorney today to discuss your legal options for a civil lawsuit. Our firm represents abuse victims in sexual abuse cases. Our compassionate team is committed to help alleviate your pain and suffering while fighting for justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated attorney.