Penn State Child Abuse Scandal Brings to Light Epidemic of Sex Abuse against At-Risk Children
The recent sex abuse allegations against Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky have brought to the forefront an all-too-common trend of the abuse against the most vulnerable child victims in society. The indictment against Sandusky (read it here, but be warned it is extremely disturbing) lays out how he first created a group foster home "dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families," which effectively gave him access to hundreds of at-risk and vulnerable boys, many of whom are alleged to have been abused.
The potential liability of Penn State University to Jerry Sandusky's victims may seem clear, however issues related to the relevant statutes of limitation may come into play. As the present scandal has unraveled, it has become evident that Penn State officials were made aware of eyewitness reports of sexual abuse, but failed to tell police. These failures are widely considered to have been intentional, made in an effort to protect the institution of college football. As a result of this failure by the university to notify the authorities, an unknown number of victims were left in harm's way.
Tragically, this type of abuse is not uncommon. A team of Dreyer Boyajian LLP attorneys recently represented a group of male foster children that had been repeatedly sexually abused by their foster father. Despite the fact that the victims reported the abuse to the police and Social Services, no one believed them, virtually no substantive investigations were made, and the allegations were deemed unfounded and swept under the rug.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, it is absolutely crucial to contact an experienced attorney in order to protect your rights. Virtually all civil lawsuits must be brought within a fixed time period (statute of limitations); if you fail to bring a lawsuit within that time period, you may be forever barred from doing so. If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual abuse, call the law office of Dreyer Boyajian LLP at (518) 348-4133 for a free confidential consultation with a sexual abuse litigation lawyer.