Skip to content

The Legal Process of Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in NY

Understanding What Constitutes Sexual Abuse

The Legal Process of Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in NY 1

Sexual abuse can be defined as any non-consensual sexual act performed against another person, including rape, sexual assault, molestation, and exploitation. There are many forms of sexual abuse, such as verbal harassment or intimidation, physical contact without consent, or forcing someone to watch pornography. All forms of sexual abuse are considered illegal and may give rise to a claim.

The effects of sexual abuse on victims can be devastating and long-lasting. Victims may experience physical pain from the assault itself; psychological trauma from the violation of their trust; mental health issues such as depression or anxiety; or social stigma related to being a survivor of sexual assault. It is important for victims to understand their legal rights so they can seek justice for themselves or for their loved ones who have been affected by sexual abuse.

The New York Statute of Limitations and Exceptions: The Adult Survivors Act

In New York State, there is normally a three-year statute of limitations from when an act took place before it can no longer be prosecuted in court. This means that if you were sexually abused more than three years ago, you may not be able to file a lawsuit against your abuser under New York law.

However, New York has enacted the Adult Survivors Act, which reopens claims previously time-barred, allowing claims to be brought until November 23, 2023, for older claims.

Depending on your situation, if that window has passed, you could potentially have claims under other state laws or federal laws such as Title IX (which protects individuals from discrimination based on gender). Every case is different, and we would need to evaluate your individual situation.

The Legal Process of Filing a Lawsuit

There are several steps involved in filing a lawsuit for sexual abuse. First and foremost is gathering evidence that supports your case—this includes any medical reports documenting physical injuries sustained during the assault; photographs taken at the scene; witness statements; emails; text messages; etc.

The evidence helps prove that an act occurred without consent and was perpetrated by another person. Having this kind of proof is important for success in court proceedings. Of course, you can testify as to what happened, which also constitutes evidence. The more evidence you have, the greater your opportunity for a successful action.

Finally, there are both civil lawsuits (in which one individual sues another for damages) and criminal cases (in which an individual is found guilty by jury). Depending on your specific situation, it may be appropriate to pursue both to seek justice against your abuser(s).

Types of Evidence Required in a Sexual Abuse Case

The types of evidence required in a sexual abuse case will depend on the case’s particular facts. Generally speaking, evidence may include: medical records documenting physical injuries; photographs or videos of any injuries; police reports; witness statements; and expert testimony from medical or mental health professionals who can provide insight into the psychological effects of abuse.

How to Collect and Preserve Evidence

It is important for victims to preserve any relevant evidence as soon as possible after an incident has occurred. Any physical evidence should be kept in its original state so that it can be used as proof at trial if necessary. In addition, all written documents should also be preserved, including emails, text messages, and other forms of communication with the abuser or related parties. Victims should also take pictures of any visible injuries they may have sustained during an attack or assault.

Importance of Medical Examinations

Victims should seek medical attention immediately after an incident to ensure they are safe. The healthcare provider should properly document their injuries. Medical examinations can help establish both physical and emotional distress caused by sexual abuse and are essential evidence for building a successful case against an offender. In addition, receiving medical attention can help victims identify any potential long-term health issues associated with their trauma before they become larger problems.

Importance of Witnesses

Witnesses are another valuable source of information when filing a sexual abuse lawsuit. If witnesses were present during an incident, they might be able to provide valuable details about what happened, strengthening your case against an offender. It is important for victims to speak with witnesses soon after an incident has occurred so that they do not forget key details or become confused over time by other accounts they may hear about what happened from other sources.

Finding Support

No one should go through the trauma of sexual abuse alone. There are organizations throughout New York State dedicated to providing support for survivors. Additionally, it is important for victims to reach out for support from family members and friends throughout this process; they can serve as invaluable sources of encouragement and understanding when you need them most.

It is also highly recommended that victims seek professional counseling from qualified therapists who specialize in treating survivors of sexual trauma. Therapy sessions can provide much-needed space for reflection on one’s experience while helping victims move forward.

Seeking Justice for Victims of Sexual Abuse

Understanding the legal process of filing a sexual abuse lawsuit requires diligence and patience. It provides hope for survivors seeking justice against their abusers while empowering them along their journey toward healing.

Never forget that you deserve justice no matter how long it takes. Hold your head high while seeking out all available resources at your disposal.

Contact Alonso Krangle today for a no-obligation, non-judgmental consultation. We’ve helped many who have been the victim of abuse and can help you. Call us today at (800) 403-6191 to schedule a discrete consultation.

What Is My Case Worth?

Call 800-403-6191 or Submit This Form

Consent*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Great job guys, thanks
I have been involved in lengthy litigation against a giant pharmaceutical company over the past several years. Alonso Krangle has been with me every step of the way, and has kept me up with the progress of my case. As their slogan says, they “Fight For Victims”. Great job guys, thanks.
V. L.
Highly recommend
Very professional law firm. Highly recommend.
B. M.
Excellent and fast 100% recommended to me

Excellent and fast 100% recommended to me in a matter of 7 months my request came out they are very good they treated me very well everyone thank you very much.

(Original) Excellent y rápido 100% recomendado a my en cuestión de 7 meses me salió mi demanda son muy buenos me trataron muy bien todos muchas gracias.

RMS
They Treated Me Like I Was Family
I wanted to thank Alonso Krangle for helping me with my case. Not only were they able to get me much needed compensation for my injuries, but they kept in contact with me and explained every step of the process. They treated me like I was family.
F V
I highly recommend this firm
This firm shows out standing professionalism on all levels. Mr. Krangle is attentive and diligent though the entire process. I highly recommend this firm.
C.H.
Exceeded My Expectations
Thank you for your persistence…. Once again, I thank you for your expertise in my case. You’ve exceeded my expectations.
RG
Strongly Recommend Alonso Krangle As a Highly Experienced And Respected Firm

I consulted a close friend and well respected lawyer in the mid-Atlantic region regarding my hip revision surgery due to a medical device recall. Without hesitation, he strongly recommended contacting Alonso Krangle LLP to discuss my case. In his view, Alonso Krangle possessed extensive knowledge and experience in the type of litigation my case required, as well the respect of those throughout the judicial field for their professionalism. Equally as important, their personal focus on each individual’s case gives the client a feeling they are their only concern. My friend’s assessment could not have been more accurate.

Although in New York, Alonso Krangle could not have been more responsive or accommodating if they were located here in Virginia. I cannot recall a single time when my wife or I called their office and did not speak to either Andres Alonso or David Krangle. They were always completely available and ready to answer any and all of our questions. Their advice and recommendations were always honest, sincere, and accurate enabling us to plan accordingly. Legal proceedings can be a long process, but we never felt left out or forgotten thanks to timely updates initiated by Alonso Krangle. In the end, everything turned out as Alonso Krangle estimated from the beginning. I could not have expected better personal attention or concern from a family member handling my case. As with my friend, I too, would not hesitate to strongly recommend Alonso Krangle as a highly experienced and respected firm that will treat you like family.

LM and MM
I want to thank you for all your hard work and efforts in resolving our case
I want to thank you for all your hard work and efforts in resolving our case. I also want to thank you for personally responding to my calls… I realize that you have people that could have taken care of that for you…. But it meant a lot to me!!
S.L.
I am very pleased with the handling of my case by the Law Firm of Alonso and Krangle
I am very pleased with the handling of my case by the Law Firm of Alonso and Krangle. They did an excellent Dave Krangle is an extremely professional and knowledgeable attorney, a true gentleman. Leslie Escobar was helpful and caring at all times I would recommend this law firm to anyone who may have a personal injury case.
SM
I appreciate both of you lawyers
I appreciate both of you lawyers… You will do good for new clients!
RS
Thank you for being there for me
Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for helping me, I so appreciate what you did for me. Please extend my thanks to your staff also
DR
Excellent job
Some People just go the extra mile, Thanks for being one of them. Excellent job David!
VL
Absolutely Instrumental in Helping Me Expose Medicare Fraud That My Former Employer Was Engaging In
When you have to fight Goliath you better call David. Dave was absolutely instrumental in helping me expose Medicare fraud that my former employer (one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world) was engaging in. Dave took the time to listen to my concerns and my evidence. He worked tirelessly to bring the best resources to table so that our case would be investigated thoroughly and prosecuted. In the end, the Goliath was defeated thanks to Dave!
Mark W
Express Our Thank You To You For The Wonderful Job You Did With Our Daughter’s Case

Dear Andres,

We wanted to express our thank you to you for the wonderful job you did with our daughter’s case. You are a true professional and we are thankful that you are the one who helped us all through this. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to have on our daughter’s side.

Respectfully,

Parent A B
The world needs more people like yourself

I want to thank you for your kindness and compassionate communication through this process. I truly want to thank you for your time and for being such an advocate for people! The world needs more people like yourself .

All my best to you,

C
They do what they say
They do what they say. With me they were very professional in every way possible.
N. J.
I love the whole damn firm!

I really only have just a statement. I LOVE YOU!! I also LOVE Alonso, I LOVE Krangle… I love the whole damn firm!

I definitely know the pain and suffering I went through… but I never thought you guys would be able to pull something off this awesome.

Much much love to my favorite people in New York… and about 47 other states.

R
Like To Express My Appreciation To You And Your Firm
I just would like to express my appreciation to you and your firm for assisting me with this matter. I am now a single mother of six children and I have been going through so much financial strife. I did not know how I would get school supplies for my children so I have been working two jobs to try to gain some extra funds. This is a blessing to me and my children. Thank you again for all you guys have done for us.
MC
Kept Us Informed Every Step Of The Way And Made Sure All Our Questions Were Answered
David came recommended to me from a member of my family and now I know why . He achieved a very good result for my case. He kept us informed every step of the way and made sure all our questions were answered.
D G
Dave Krangle Worked Restlessly On This Case Until We Won
I consider David Krangle as my attorney for many years now. Going back about 13 years ago my father was involved in a hit and run accident. David had gone the extra mile to win our case….. Mr. David Krangle worked restlessly on this case until we won the case. Since then, if anybody asks for a good attorney I recommend David Krangle with confidence. He has helped a number of my friends and relatives and they all appreciated his professionalism, prompt responses to any inquiry during case development, careful study of all details pertaining to their case. He treats his clients as family. Thank you, Mr. Krangle, wishing you a continued success, good health and prosperity.
K M
We were very fortunate to meet David Krangle
My husband and myself had been involved in a multiple vehicle accident 5 years ago. At that time we were given the name of Mr. David Krangle, attorney. It took close to 5 years of very diligent work for Mr Krangle to complete our case to everyone’s satisfaction. During those years of endless hours and hours of work that he put into our case yet whenever we reached out to Dave (as the years allowed us to call him) he was always available to us. His patience did seem endless. His professionalism in researching everything to make our turnout perfect for us was everything we expected and let us rest knowing things are following the right path. I know we were treated with the utmost respect from various insurance companies and other attorney’s because that was something Mr Krangle made sure of. In difficult times it can be intimidating to work with a professional but we were very fortunate to meet David Krangle who had the ability to share warmth and compassion with us during a trying time. Those are traits that we admired in David Krangle and are delighted to have worked with him.
ER
Alonso Krangle LLP was absolutely wonderful handling my personal injury case
Alonso Krangle LLP was absolutely wonderful handling my personal injury case. The staff is extremely professional, prompt and helpful at all times. The attorneys truly care about their clients and their clients well being. I couldn’t be happier with their professional help throughout my entire case. I am so extremely thankful I chose to use Alonso Krangle LLP and ABSOLUTELY recommend this law firm if you have a personal injury case.
DM
Mil gracias y que Dios lo bendiga
Buenas tardes Abogado para mi y mi familia fue un placer haber con sus eficientes servicios como nuestro abogado mil gracias y que Dios lo bendiga y lo siga acompañado en todos los casos que se le presenten y salga victorioso gracias 🙏
Gustavo P
Thank you very much Mr. Andres for having won my case
I am very grateful for your excellent work, everything was professional. Thank you for giving me tranquility and for having so much patience with me and for the success and for the sweetness of Leslie. Once again, thank you very much Mr. Andres for having won my case.
JD
My highest recommendation!
David – You are very smart, honest, knowledgeable and efficient! My highest recommendation! Any interested persons may contact me, Best,
Mr. S
Exceptional law firm
Exceptional law firm with wonderful & helpful staff
I. D.
You’ll be in good hands!

I was involved in an accident and needed a good Personal Injury Attorney. A friend referred me to David Krangle of Alonso Krangle LLP. After my initial phone conversation with David, I was confident that I found the right Attorney. David was not only extremely thorough, he kept me updated on every stage of my case. Most importantly, he was always available for questions and followed-up promptly. In most cases, the same day. Since there was a 3-hour time zone difference, I was very appreciative from a client stand point.

With his expertise and guidance, I had a successful outcome. I felt very fortunate that David and his wonderful staff represented me.

If you ever find yourself in need of expert legal advice and guidance. I highly recommend you contact David Krangle of Alonso Krangle LLP. You’ll be in good hands!

F. M.
I can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond for me
Great law firm. Highly recommend them and I’m so glad that I found them. Everyone from David Krangle to his staff were very caring and sensitive when it came to my case. Always kept me up to date with every single update and were there for me professionally and emotionally every step of the way. It was a very difficult time in my life but dealing with everyone at Alonso Krangle made it so much easier to get through everything. I can’t thank them enough for going above and beyond for me.
AN
Making Sure I Get All The Therapy I needed Very Concerned About Your Situation On Your Side Taking Care Of All The Legal Issues
Where should I start from day one Mr. Krangle was on the phone for me making sure I get all the therapy I needed , Hes great about getting back to you right away should he happen to miss your call. Although, hes usually available. He is extremely attentive, and informative throughout the whole process. Its already stressful enough situation with all your injuries, doctors appointments, etc., so its good to have someone on your side taking care of all the legal issues. He is also very concerned about your situation .. Always stayed in contact he was just a phone call away literally .. If I can give him 10 stars I will. Hes the guy to see Thanks for everything, David -NF
David – NF
Thank you for your years of service

I want to take this opportunity to again say thank you for your years of service working on my case, I sincerely appreciate you.

Respectfully,

VL
Thank you for everything you have done for me
David-Thank you for everything you have done for me. I appreciate you guys
JB
Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart For All Your Help

Andres,

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help. Tonight is the first night since January that I can finally breath a sigh of relief. Your determination and dedication to my case was by far beyond what I could ever imagined.

W W

Want to Know What Your Case May Be Worth?

Complete this form or call 800-403-6191 to find out if you have a claim and what you may be able to recover for your damages.

Consent*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.