Albion Correctional Facility Sex Abuse Lawyer
Albion Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in Albion, New York. It is one of three prisons in New York exclusively for women. The other remaining prisons for women include Bedford Hills and Taconic. A problem that has plagued prisons for women all over the country is that of sexual abuse. Albion is no different. Inmates suffer sexual abuse at the hands of correctional officers, prison officials, and volunteers at an alarming rate. At the same time, the lack of punishment of the abusers and justice for the victims also occurs at an alarming rate. Now there is an opportunity for those who were not able to receive justice for so many yeas to receive it. If you were sexually assaulted at Albion Correctional Facility, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With over 20 years of experience successfully representing victims, we can help you pursue compensation for the abuse you suffered through a personal injury lawsuit.Adult Survivors Act
On May 24, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Adult Survivors Act. This new law temporarily waives the prior statute of limitations for adult survivors of sexual abuse and gives them a one-year window to file a sexual abuse lawsuit regardless of how many years ago they suffered the abuse. The window begins on November 24, 2022 and ends on November 23, 2023. The Adult Survivors Act is similar in spirit to the 2019 Child Victims Act. However, to be eligible to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Adult Survivors Act, the abuse must have happened when the victim was at least 18 years old.
The Adult Survivors Act recognizes that victims often need years to process the trauma suffered by the abuse and that there are often other barriers to immediately reporting it. As a result of this special one-time window, victims abused years or even decades ago at Albion can now take action. However, it is important to immediately get the process started. Contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer to ensure that you do not miss out on this unique opportunity. If you fail to file a lawsuit before the November 23, 2023 deadline, you will be forever barred from being able to recover compensation. Note that it is not necessary for the abuser to have been criminally charged, tried, or convicted for victims to file civil claims.Adult Sexual Abuse
Oftentimes people assume that sexual abuse must mean rape—nonconsenual sexual intercourse. It also includes:
- Sexual harassment
- Penetration using an object
- Being forced to touch the abuser
- Anal sex
- Physical touching on top of or underneath clothing
- Lewd gestures or comments
- Provision of drugs or alcohol to encourage sexual behavior
- Exposing genitals
- Exposure to pornographic images
- Threats of harm to hide abuse
In addition, in the case of a correctional officer sexually abusing an inmate, a defense cannot be that the sexual contact was consensual. An inmate does not have the legal capacity to consent to sexual contact with a correctional officer or other prison staff member. To discuss what happened to you while you were serving time at Albion, contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney in New York.
There may be many complicated reasons that sexually abused inmates do not come forward. Some feel that they will not be believed. Some feel that they “asked for it” or did not say “no.” Others feel that may be punished for speaking up. Still others feel shame. Even though it may be difficult, now is the time to come forward to seek justice.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
If you were incarcerated at Albion Correctional Facility and were sexually abused by a correctional officer, a volunteer, or other member of the staff who were there to protect you, you have the right to file a claim for significant compensation. Under the law the window to file your claim is just one year beginning on November 24, 2022 and ending on November 23, 2023. Contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney serving New York at Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.