The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander is an aggressive civil litigation firm with extensive experience handling childhood sexual molestation claims. Our experience is vast in handling these unique cases. We have handled priest sexual abuse cases, sexual harassment claims, cases involving inappropriate touching and fondling, unlawful restraint, negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and invasion of privacy. Mr. Hollander, a former prosecutor of Cook County, has the unique ability to sensitively represent clients of sexual assault. In particular, Mr. Hollander has acquired substantial experience assisting survivors of the childhood sexual abuse scandal involving the Archdiocese of Chicago; however, he has also successfully handled similar claims against the Archdiocese of Omaha and other religious denominations and orders.
We are tough, innovative, but compassionate advocates for victims of sexual abuse. Victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault often suffer lifelong injuries. Many victims of sexual abuse suffer from a variety of illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. Oftentimes, victims of sexual assault manifest their symptoms in other ways as well, including, but not limited to, inability to hold down steady employment, drug abuse, interpersonal conflicts, commission of criminal offenses, and difficulty in maintaining a long-term relationship. While we hope to maintain the maximum amount of financial compensation possible to make the victim whole, our mission at the outset is to get the person well. We consult with top therapists to insure that the victim promptly starts on a road to recovery. From a litigation perspective, the firm retains the necessary experts to establish liability and damages in these kinds of cases – psychiatrists, psychologists, economists, and vocational rehabilitation experts. A psychologist may testify as to how the trauma has impacted the victim’s ability to hold down a job; an economist may provide testimony as to the nature and extent of the survivor’s economic losses.
Prosecuting these cases presents a unique set of challenges. Often, a victim of sexual abuse may be reluctant to come forward as they are afraid of not being believed. We are often the first individuals to hear of this trauma. Sexual assault cases usually involve people who hold positions of trust, like a priest, boy scout troop leader, or teacher. In cases involving boy scout troop leaders, the perpetrator was often a highly regarded community member. With priest sexual abuse cases, the member of the clergy is usually well known to the family member of the victim. Sometimes, the priest will tell a young victim of sexual abuse that the inappropriate contact is a secret between them, or that God will punish them if they disclose that the priest kissed him, or otherwise engaged in abusive fondling. Family members may not wish to believe that their children were abused by a boy scout troop leader or a priest. Victims of these sexual assaults, regardless of the context, may have difficulty recalling specific details from abuse which happened many years ago.
Some victims may have been so traumatized that they have repressed the memories from a series of inappropriate sexual contacts. The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander is well acquainted with the difficulties that victims face when they wish to complain of sexual abuse.
From a legal standpoint, since sexual abuse claims may have occurred long ago, an organization like the Boy Scouts of America, a priest or church may claim that the statute of limitations or the statute of repose may bar the victim’s claim. The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander can analyze whether such a defense may be successful, or whether the victim may be entitled to money damages as a result of the sexual abuse.
If you are a victim of sexual abuse or are inquiring on behalf of a friend or family member who has suffered a sexual assault, contact The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander to confidentially discuss the claim.