Fighting For Victims Of Sexual Assault In Illinois
Those entrusted with the responsibility for protecting children and others from sexual assault sometimes fail to provide the proper protection or turn a blind eye. That includes people and organizations that oversee those entrusted with our safety or our children’s safety. Perpetrators can include a bus driver, repair person, teacher, counselor, clergyman, neighbor or family member. Organizations that oversee these people can include schools, colleges, landowners, landlords, churches and health care organizations.
Some people unknowingly or unintentionally suppress their own memories in an attempt to avoid the impact of past sexual assaults. Events that occurred many years ago as a child may not surface until a victim’s adulthood.
Consequently, Illinois has one of the broadest and longest time limits within which one must pursue an injury lawsuit or forever be barred from doing so. Thus, no matter when you first realize you or a loved one has been the victim of a sexual assault, molestation or rape, an investigation should begin immediately to explore the options for justice that may be available in addition to criminal prosecution.
Our Lawyers Will Fight For You
At Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., we can help. We will explore the possibilities of pursuing compensation from responsible parties whose misconduct contributed to the harm done through the indignity of molestation or another type of sexual assault.
Call us today for a free consultation at 312-638-2407.
Understanding The Harm And Pursuing Full Compensation
Psychological injuries you cannot see often have a much more severe impact than physical injuries. Any form of sexual assault, whether to a child or to an adult, can be the most hurtful injury one can suffer. The intimate nature of a sexual assault can affect each person in a myriad of different ways. Children often have an especially difficult time dealing with the events since much of their understanding of intimacy and their sexuality has not yet been fully developed. The full impact of the assault may not be felt for years. Sexual assault perpetrated by a person in a position of trust can also be particularly hurtful and confusing to the victim. Regardless of the harm suffered, Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., have helped the victims of sexual assault and rape get justice from those responsible.
Representative Sexual Assault Cases
Does v. Minor Perpetrator and his Mother – $2,550,000.00 settlement for four children molested by a neighbor’s child. Multiple events over a six month period, the victims were 5 and 6 years old and the perpetrator was 11. Claims were against the neighbor’s child and his mother for negligent supervision because the mother was aware of previous accusations against her child and had been warned by her child’s therapist that the 11-year-old was not to be left alone with younger children because of his propensity to commit such acts. During pendency of case, we were able to prove that the child perpetrator and his mother were covered by the renters policy the mother had on the apartment.
Doe v. Chicagoland High School – Confidential settlement in case brought by a former student against a Chicagoland High School alleging sexual assault by another student on school property
Does v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford – $600,000 settlement with for two minors who were sexually assaulted by an employee of their summer day care program.
Doe v. Chicagoland Public High School – Confidential settlement with the Chicago Board of Education for minor who was sexually assaulted by a high school coach.
Doe v. Chicagoland Church Group – Confidential settlement for a minor who was sexually assaulted during a co-ed camping trip
Doe v. Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet – Confidential settlement for a minor alleging sexual assault over twenty years ago by a youth pastor.
Doe v. Illinois Baptist Children’s Home and Illinois Baptist State Association – Case currently pending against a church-run residential home program involving the sexual assault of a minor by a house parent.
Doe v. Chicago Suburban Apartment Owner – $500,000 settlement for a minor who was sexually assaulted by an apartment maintenance person.
C.R. v. Jacqueline’s Transportation – $500,000.00 settlement for a disabled minor who was sexually assaulted by a school bus driver. The suit was premised on the bus company’s failure to provide supervision of the driver, and on the bus attendant’s abandonment of her job on the day of the occurrence.
C.J. v. Alpha School Bus Co., et al. – $250,000.00 settlement for 12-year- old autistic girl sexually assaulted on school bus by another disabled student.
The Need To Monitor Social Environments For Safety
In hindsight, it often appears obvious that people who are allowed to interact with other people’s children on a regular basis should have been subject to at least a basic background check. There is always a potential for abuse when people such as apartment complex maintenance and repair personnel, teachers, clergy, and school support staff are allowed unsupervised close contact with children. Criminal checks, employment backgrounds and even commonsense oversight can identify potential perpetrators with inappropriate backgrounds, including sex offenses or inappropriate behavior, before they can inflict any harm on others.
An Ounce Of Prevention
We encourage employers, professionals and all organizations who are responsible for the safety of others, especially children, to be proactive and vigilant about providing a safe environment. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure when it comes to personal safety from molestation, rape or sexual assault.
Contact An Experienced Sexual Assault Lawyer
If you, a loved one or someone you know has suffered from sexual molestation, assault or rape, call Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., at 312-638-2407 immediately so we can act quickly to preserve any evidence necessary and investigate the situation. You may also contact us online.