Attorneys for Survivors
of Child Sexual Abuse in New Jersey
Call 888-573-9448 today for a free, confidential consultation to learn your new legal options.
We Are Attorneys Who Help Survivors
of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Call 888-573-9448 today for a free, confidential consultation to learn your legal options.
Diocese of Camden Bankruptcy: On October 1, 2020, the Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy. We have helped hundreds of abuse survivors pursue claims in other Catholic bankruptcies, including the current Dioceses of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse, and the Boy Scouts of America. The bankruptcy does not mean abuse survivors will receive no compensation from the Diocese of Camden — the bankruptcy simply puts a “pause” on the current lawsuits against the Diocese while a bankruptcy judge decides a fair way to use its assets to compensate abuse survivors and others. We have put together a “frequently asked questions” based on our experience in other cases, which you can read by clicking here.
Most importantly, the bankruptcy judge will set a “bar date deadline” for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. The deadline may be significantly shorter than the statute of limitations, including the two year “window” under New Jersey’s new law for abuse survivors. If an abuse survivor fails to file a claim by the bar date deadline their claim may be forever “barred” and they may receive no compensation, even if they claim they were not aware of the deadline. Please contact us to learn your options and to make sure your legal rights are protected.
Scouts of America Bankruptcy — “Bar Date” Dramatically Shortens the NJ Statute of Limitations: On May 18, 2020, the bankruptcy judge overseeing the Boy Scouts bankruptcy set November 16, 2020, as the “bar date” deadline for abuse survivors to file claims in the bankruptcy. This deadline is called a “bar date” because anyone who fails to file a claim by the deadline will likely have their claim against the Boy Scouts forever “barred” and they will likely forfeit any claim they have against the Boy Scouts, including any right to compensation from the Boy Scouts. The deadline usually applies to anyone who has a claim, even people who come forward late because they were not aware of the deadline.
This deadline dramatically shortens the statute of limitations for abuse survivors in New Jersey. On December 1, 2019, a new law in New Jersey gave all child abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, at least two years to file a lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. That two years no longer applies for people who have claims against the national Boy Scouts of America organization. Anyone with a claim against the Boy Scouts of America must file their bankruptcy claim by November 16, 2020.
If you or someone you love may have a claim against the Boy Scouts of America the time to act is now. Please contact us to learn your legal options and to ensure your legal rights are protected.
First Lawsuits Filed: On December 1, 2019, we filed some of the first lawsuits against the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts under New Jersey’s new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The new law allows all abuse survivors, regardless of their current age, a limited time to pursue a lawsuit for the abuse they suffered. If you or someone you love was sexually abused as a child, please contact us to learn your legal options and to ensure your rights are protected. You are not alone and it was not your fault.
Read and Watch Interviews with Our Attorneys and Clients: Some of our clients have decided to speak publicly about the legal claims they are filing under New Jersey’s new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. You can read and watch interviews with them and some of our attorneys by clicking these links:
SouthCoastToday.com: “New Jersey law give Boy Scout abuse victims legal recourse”
Interview with One of Our Attorneys About the Catholic Church’s “Secret Files”: One of our attorneys, Jay Mascolo, was recently interviewed by NorthJersey.com about the importance of the Catholic Church’s “secret files.” You can read the full story by clicking here.
Caution About the Catholic Church’s “Independent Victim Compensation Program”: We have very strong feelings about the “independent” settlement program that has been established by the Catholic Church in New Jersey based on our experience with dozens of clients who have participated in such programs in other states, including programs being run by the same people who are running the program in New Jersey. Please click here to learn more about our thoughts, and please contact us if you want to learn more. There is no charge for speaking with us.
Governor Murphy Signs Law Giving New Rights to Abuse Survivors!! On May 13, 2019, Governor Murphy signed New Jersey’s historic new law for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Most importantly, the new law gives all abuse survivors two years to file a claim for the abuse they suffered, regardless of their current age, and extends the statute of limitations to age 55. However, those time limits could be significantly shortened if the defendant in a person’s case files for bankruptcy. Please contact us to learn your options and ensure your legal rights are protected!
About Us: We are attorneys who represent abuse survivors, including many people who were sexually abused by Catholic priests, Boy Scout leaders, and others. The lawyers featured on this website have a wide-range of experience helping abuse survivors, including some who have represented hundreds of abuse survivors with claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the Mormon church, schools, and other youth-serving organizations that failed to protect their clients from sexual predators. Some of the lawyers are licensed in New Jersey, while others are licensed in other states but are willing to jointly represent abuse survivors in New Jersey given their experience helping people in other states.
If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you may just now be in the process of starting to understand how the abuse has affected your life. You may have also recently learned that someone you trusted failed to protect you and allowed the abuse to occur. We are here to help you understand whether you have legal options to seek redress for the harm you suffered. Please contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.
Catholic Church Releases List of Almost 200 Priests and Others: The Catholic Church in New Jersey released a list of almost 200 priests and others who it concluded have been the subject of credible allegations of child sexual abuse. Please click here to learn more and to see the lists.
When a child survives abuse by a person in a position of trust and authority, the resulting harm and damage can last a lifetime. But even as an adult, most abuse survivors do not realize how they were harmed, and many continue to believe it was their fault. If you were sexually abused as a child, it was not your fault and you are not alone.
Boy Scout Perversion Files: Some of our attorneys obtained the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible volunteer” files almost two decades ago and we have used them in many cases. You can read more about the files by clicking here. Please know that these files are not “new” so any recent reports claiming they are “new” is not accurate. Please also know the files are not complete — they are missing more than a decade of files in more recent years, and the Boy Scouts had a long policy of destroying files after people were deceased. We have represented many abuse survivors who were abused by Scout leaders who were not in the files. Please contact us if you want to learn more.
Why Contact Us?
Our top priority is to help our clients understand their legal options, including whether they may be able to bring a claim against those who allowed or enabled their abuse to happen. More often than not, that means we help our clients find evidence to understand what happened to allow them to be abused. At the end of the day, we want our clients to know their legal options so their legal rights are protected and they can decide what they want to do.
Your consultation with us is free and confidential — we do not charge any legal fees for talking with you about your legal options. If you want to learn more, please contact us.