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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.

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Are You In Need Of A Child Abuse Attorney or Sex Assault Lawyer In Pennsylvania?

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:

  • How could this crime have been prevented?
  • Who can be held liable for failing to report or prevent misconduct?
  • How can civil lawsuit and legal counsel help our family?

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.

"Victims of sexual abuse can feel confident working with our Philadelphia attorneys fighting against sexual predators" - Brian Kent, Esq.

Personal Injury Lawyers Holding Those Responsible For Abuse Accountable

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:

Clergy Sexual Abuse: Are There Coverups?

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.

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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:

  • Sexual abuse within Jehovah's Witness
  • Southern Baptists molestation
  • Seventh-Day Adventists sexual abuse
  • Mormon sexual offenses

Workplace Sexual Harassment Lawyer

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.

Philadelphia Sexual Abuse at Public Schools

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.

Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports

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.

Other Types of Sexual Assault Cases Our Law Firm Represents

Our Philadelphia sexual abuse lawyers represent all types of child sex abuse, rape, molestation and sexual assault including, but not limited to the following:

  • Day care and preschool abuse
  • Boarding school abuse
  • Private school assault
  • Molestation by doctors
  • Sex assault by nurses
  • Abuse by nurses
  • Sex trafficking
  • Sexual abuse at youth camps; including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the YMCA
  • Abuse at nursing homes
  • Violation at colleges and universities
  • Sexual offense at hospitals or medical facilities
  • Sexual abuse by celebrities or politicians
  • Assault at hotels or motels
  • Child molestation
  • Sexual abuse in an Uber or Lyft
  • and more

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.

Sexual Abuse Statistics In Pennsylvania and The United States

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.

FAQs: Philadelphia Sexual Abuse Lawyers Weigh In

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.

What is the Statute of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania?

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.

What is Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse?

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:

  • Forcible compulsion or the threat of forcible compulsion
  • Unconscious victim
  • Victim has been drugged
  • Victim is mentally disabled
  • Statutory charges for victims under age 16 and more than 4 years younger than the offender

Can I File a Lawsuit Against Institutions and Perpetrators?

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.

Resources For Philadelphia Sexual Abuse Victims

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.

Locations Our Sex Abuse and Personal Injury Attorneys Serve

  • Philadelphia
  • Juniata
  • University City
  • Manayunk
  • East Falls
  • Drexel Hill
  • Springfield
  • Levittown
  • King of Prussia
  • Reading
  • Lancaster
  • Allentown
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • Harrisburg
  • Pittsburgh
  • New Jersey
  • and more

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.

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