SAN DIEGO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE ATTORNEY
MICHAEL REHM - (619) 787-3456
It is difficult to discuss child sexual abuse, but it is unfortunately very prevalent. Many survivors of childhood sexual abuse struggle with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and often incur significant medical expenses as a result of the abuse. You deserve closure and justice. While we understand that money will not take back what happened to you, compensation is owed to you, and you may have a new opportunity to go after it because of a law implemented in California in 2019. If you have questions about filing a civil claim or would like to discuss how the new law applies to your case, contact San Diego Child Sex Abuse Attorney Michael Rehm. For a free and confidential consultation, contact him today at (619) 787-3456 .
The California Child Victims Act
Until 2019, there were many childhood sexual abuse survivors that were prohibited from filing claims against their abusers because the statute of limitations had passed. California has provided these victims with a new opportunity. The California Child Victims Act, implemented in 2019, extends the statute of limitations and opened a 3-year lookback period where anyone can file a civil claim, regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred. The implementation of the Act is a crucial step forward in protecting children from future sexual abuse and providing justice for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Negligent Hiring and Retention
No organization wants to think about the possibility that one of their employees might sexually abuse a child. However, it is important to be initiative-taking to protect the children who are entrusted to their care. For the organizations, the fact that they can be held legally and financially liable for harms their employees cause or fail to prevent will hopefully force them to be more cautious with who they hire and retain. Careful hiring practices and ongoing monitoring of employee behavior can go a long way towards preventing tragedy.
Child Sexual Abuse Cases in San Diego, CA
In 2021, San Diego County agreed to settle a claim of sexual abuse for $1 million. Three young boys alleged that they were being sexually abused by a foster child that was placed in their home. The foster home workers hid the foster child's mental illness and previous sexually violent behavior. Even when the mother begged the foster home to remove the child from the home because of the abuse, they refused.
This is an example of how organizations can be held legally responsible for situations they essentially cause or could have easily prevented. Even though their employees are not the ones who committed the abuse, the County can be held responsible for their reprehensible behavior and failures to act. Holding these institutions responsible for the choices of their employees will hopefully prevent this egregious behavior and cover-ups in the future.
Contact The Law Office of Michael Rehm for Assistance
If you are the parent of a child who was sexually abused, or you were sexually abused as a child, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options under the California Child Victims Act and can guide you through every step of the legal process. Attorney Rehm has experience handling child sex abuse cases and will do whatever it takes to help you seek justice. For a free and confidential consultation, contact The Law Office of Michael Rehm at (619) 787-3456 .
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