Orphanage Abuse Lawyer

An orphanage is defined as “an Institution that houses children whose parents are deceased or whose whereabouts are unknown.”  It is a public institution created to provide care for protection for children without parents.  Other residential institutions for children can be called group homes, children’s homes, refuges, rehabilitation centers, night shelters, or youth treatment centers.

There is an increasing body of evidence that orphanages, especially large orphanages, are the worst possible care option for children.  In large institutions all children, but particularly babies may not receive enough eye contact, physical contact, and stimulation to promote proper physical, social or cognitive development.  In the worst cases, orphanages can be dangerous and unregulated places where children are subject to abuse and neglect.

Children in orphanages can experience abuse in the form of mental, physical and sexual.  They are often living in orphanages with years of neglect.  Unfortunately, in any situation where adults have complete authority of control sexual abuse and other types of orphanage abuse can occur at any time.  Acts of brutality by child care workers and other staff is common and the infant and child fatality rate for orphanages is high.

The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander is experienced in handling a wide variety of sexual abuse cases, including orphanage abuse.  Mr. Hollander, a former prosecutor of Cook County, has the unique ability to sensitively represent clients of sexual assault.  If you or a loved one are a victim of orphanage abuse contact our office today for a free consultation.

Orphaned children are society’s most vulnerable and susceptible population.  Often, these children have lost the most important people in their lives due to disease, violence, or accidents.  In other cases, these children have suffered from abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

In the United States, child abuse is classified or categorized into four distinct types or classes.  Child abuse can be said to be in the form of child neglect, physical abuse, psychological abuse, and sexual abuse.  These four types of child abuse will prove to be able to take on various forms, and it is important to recognize the signs for each, as child abuse poses an immediate danger to a child’s life.

Child abuse can take place in a variety of settings, actions, and classifications; primarily, the most common types of child abuse are sexual child abuse, emotional or psychological child abuse, and physical child abuse.

Signs of Physical Child Abuse

Physical child abuse is defined as the attack or assault of a child or minor through the use of force, violence, or any other variety of physical means intended for bodily harm.

Signs of Emotional or Psychological Child Abuse

This type of child abuse is classified as the verbal or emotional debasement directed at a child or minor; although this type of child abuse can be the most difficult to define, it is nonetheless an extremely serious offense.

Signs of Sexual Child Abuse

Sexual child abuse involves the illegal engagement of a child in illicit, unlawful, and unethical sexual activity; due to the fact that children are unable to consent to the participation with regard to any nature of sexual activity, this crime is considered to be both exploitative and predatory by nature.

Administrators, staff, volunteers and other employees of orphanages have been found guilty of sexual abuse.  Protecting children from sexual abuse as well as all types of abuse is vital.  If you are a victim of orphanage 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.