For Sexual Predators, Time Is Up
One Of New York’s Highest Rated Personal Injury Attorneys, Michael S. Lamonsoff, Uses Recently Passed New Laws that Help Punish Sexual Predators, As Powerful Tools in his Fight on Behalf of Sexual Abuse Victims
New York City personal injury attorney, Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. has spent over twenty-five years winning of cases on behalf of victims of sexual abuse, including rape, sexual molestation and improper touching. Just last year, Mr. Lamonsoff, Esq. and his firm won a record breaking $16 million verdict on behalf of a child who was sexually molested by her teacher at a New York City school. The attorneys for the city, through their arrogance and unsophisticated knowledge of the suffering of victims of this crime, refused to offer any reasonable settlement to his client. Upon the advice of Mr. Lamonsoff, received authority from his client to proceed to trial. At trial, and just before the case was submitted to the jury, the City offered a mere $350,000 to settle the case. Upon advice and consent of his clients, Mr. Lamonsoff rejected the City’s offer. After a relatively short deliberation, the jury awarded one of the highest verdicts in New York’s history.
The jury found that the Board of Education acted with reckless disregard for the child entrusted to their care. A top NYC sexual assault lawyer, Mr. Lamonsoff and his clients wanted the City punished for their arrogance and to help prevent other children from facing this horrible crime. While the verdict will never change what happened to this little girl, the firm, along with very cooperative clients, was able to do just that.
Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is Uniquely Qualified to Bring Sexual Predators to Justice
Mr. Lamonsoff understands that winning justice for a sexual assault survivor requires not just legal expertise. It also demands a compassionate understanding of the traumatic and long-lasting effects that sexual assault can have on the spirit and mental condition of a victim. Long before becoming an attorney, Mr. Lamonsoff earned both Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in psychology from Columbia University.
After completing his post-graduate work, Mr. Lamonsoff was trained as a therapist who counseled victims of sexual abuse. Accordingly, Mr. Lamonsoff is not just a fighter willing and able to take all of the necessary legal steps to win his clients’ battles. He is also uniquely qualified to understand with compassion how to help survivors of sexual abuse tell their story and fight the sexual abusers.
He is passionate in his resolve to help them bring some closure from the searing trauma of their experiences. Mr. Lamonsoff always states “of course, huge money settlements and verdicts will never give the sexual assault victim back what they have lost, however, it will provide some sense of justice for the victim.”
The key to winning a verdict for survivors of sexual abuse, says Mr. Lamonsoff, is to understand the psychology of both your client and sexual predator. Mr. Lamonsoff states “children who are victims of sexual assault, don’t understand what they have been through. They sometimes suffer in silence. They may even blame themselves. They don’t have the capacity and/or experience to understand that they have done nothing wrong. Many times, they don’t even tell their parents for fear of getting punished. Adult sexual abuse victims sometimes feel ashamed and at fault for the sexual assault and don’t report what has happened to them.“
“I founded this firm to create not just the biggest law firm concentrating in personal injury, but also the most successful, professional and aggressive firm. I have instilled my team with an unyielding ‘no-holds-barred’ attitude toward litigation and fighting for our clients.”
NEW LAWS OFFER HELP FOR SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS
The newly-enacted laws make it easier for survivors of sexual abuse to obtain justice and redress for their injuries. The state of New York signed several pieces of legislation into law. These revisions largely amend a number of both criminal and civil statutes.
The Child Victims Act
In February of 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law the historic “Child Victims Act” (CVA). The Act extends New York’s statutes of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse and provides them with more time to press criminal and civil charges. Thanks to the CVA, the survivors have until their 28th birthday to bring criminal charges against their sexual abusers.
According to the new civil statute, an action can be brought until the victim turns 55. The survivors can also file a claim for money damages against their abusers, and/or public and private institutions that could have been involved. Prior to these amendments, survivors of sexual abuse were able to bring criminal and civil suits up until their 23rd birthday.
Most importantly, the Act provides survivors of child sexual abuse, a one year, one-time-only period that allows all victims to seek civil action regardless of how long ago the child sexual abuse occurred or how old they currently are. The one-year period ends on August 13th, 2020.
New Rape Laws
In September of 2019, the state of New York amended several Rape Laws. These laws have lengthened the amount of time in which a rape victim can press charges against their abuser.
Through new amendments, the state extended the time for when victims can bring charges of rape in second and third degree. There was, however, no time limit in cases of rape in first-degree. While the new laws do not eliminate the time limitations for all rape charges, they still significantly extend them.
According to the previous law, rape survivors had only five years after such a traumatic event to press charges in both the second and third degree. Namely, the victim of second-degree rape has 20 years from the event to bring criminal charges. In cases of third-degree rape, the time limit is now set at 10 years. Lastly, the time frame for bringing a suit for money damages against the predator and private or public institution possibly involved in the act is extended to 20 years.
Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq.: These Changes Were Necessary
By extending the statute of limitations for these crimes, the State of New York is giving victims of abuse a much longer time to pursue both criminal charges and civil claims against their sexual predators. Furthermore, men and women abused as children are granted the right to seek retribution, not just from the sexual predators, but also from the supervisors or employers that failed in their responsibility to oversee the abusers and prevent their misconduct. With more time for the victims to speak up and be heard, it is anticipated that additional violations will be brought to light. This will provide victims with a further opportunity to seek proper justice.
According to Mr. Lamonsoff, all the legislative changes were not just desirable but also necessary because victims of these unspeakable crimes will finally get a proper chance to tell their story and to pursue justice. While it is often tough for survivors of violent attacks or injuries to process and communicate their trauma, it can be especially difficult for victims of sexual molestation or abuse to open up about their trauma. And it ultimately may seem unimaginable for the victims abused as children to speak up and face the ones that injured them. Under these circumstances, sexual harassment survivors need an NYC sexual harassment attorney who will understand, approach the matter 100% on their side, with no holds barred, and ready to fight for justice. Michael S. Lamonsoff, Esq. is just that attorney.
Sexual Abuse Takes Many Forms
While rape is a commonly reported form of sexual abuse, it is important to understand that it is far from the only type of sexual assault. “Sexual abuse” can be described as every interaction or contact that is intended to sexually stimulate the predator, or others at the choice of the predator. In addition to rape, sexual abuse also includes child pornography, inappropriate fondling or touching, any forced or unwanted oral contact, display of body parts, sexual hazing, incest, or lewd harassment in the workplace, etc.
Victims of sexual abuse can be male or female, adults or children, girls or boys. Sexual abusers can be strangers, relatives, coaches, teachers, doctors, therapists, supervisors and more.
Because only adults can legally consent to sexual contact or activity, adults who have sexual contact of any kind with a minor are engaging in sexual abuse.
If you or a loved one have suffered sexual abuse or sexual harassment of any kind, the sexual abuse lawyers in NYC with The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are ready to discuss your case and explain your options. We invite you to contact us for a no-cost consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 877-MSL-4LAW.