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Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Sex Abuse Lawyer

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located in Bedford Hills, New York. It is the largest prison for women in New York. Bedford Hills is under scrutiny because of the amount of sexual abuse by prison officials against inmates that has occurred at the facility for years. In the past much of the sexual abuse went unpunishedand and much of it went unreported. That is now changing. Under the Adult Survivors Act, signed on May 24, 2022 by Governor Hochul, victims of sexual abuse at Bedford Hills now have an opportunity to hold their abusers accountable through civil action. If you were sexually assaulted at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. We have years of experience winning maximum compensation for victims. We are here to help.

Abuse at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility

Just like at Taconic Correctional Facility which is right across the street from Bedford Hills and just like at the now closed Bayview Correctional Facility, inmate sexual abuse at Bedford Hills has been a problem for years. However, the problem was largely ignored. In recent years the complaints of past inmates are being listened to and investigated, and arrests have been made. Thanks to the Adult Survivors Act, even more can be done. Many reports of abuse at Bedford Hills occurred years ago and decades ago. The statute of limitations has passed. With the Adult Survivors Act, victims who are now willing to report the abuse and whose reports are now being taken seriously have the legal ability to pursue justice.

With the Adult Survivors Act, victims now have another opportunity to file personal injury lawsuits against their abusers and the protectors of their abusers. However, this new opportunity is brief. It starts on November 24, 2022 and ends on November 23, 2023. During this one-year window, victims of sexual abuse at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility whose claims were otherwise time barred due to the expiration of the statute of limitations can contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer in order to seek compensation through personal injury lawsuits.

Liability for Prison Abuse

Those who are victims of sexual assault have the legal right to seek financial compensation in the same way that a victim of a car accident or a slip and fall accident can seek compensation for their injuries and other losses. Civil claims can be based on intentional tort or on negligence. Sexual assault is an intentional tort. Victims can seek monetary damages just like victims of negligence. They can demand the following damages from their abusers:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages

However, the abuser may not be the only defendant in a civil action. When it comes to inmate sexual abuse at Bedford Hills, there may be others to blame. An experienced sexual abuse attorney in New York will look at the following issues:

  • Was there negligent hiring? If the person responsible for hiring the correctional officer who ended up sexually abusing inmates did not do an adequate background check, they could be liable for negligent hiring.
  • Was there insufficient supervision? If the abuser was not properly supervised or if their criminal actions were known but not addressed, then their supervisors could be liable for failure to protect the victim.
  • Was there insufficient oversight over the prison? If allegations of abuse were not properly investigated, then the New York Department of Corrections could be liable.

In other words, the abuser will not be the only person you name as defendant. You have the right to hold everyone responsible accountable for their negligent or willful actions that help the abuser get away with their crimes.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Being incarcerated at Bedford Hills does not mean that the correctional officers, prison officials, and staff have the right to abuse you or ignore the abuse you suffered. Even if your abuse occurred decades ago, you may be due compensation from those responsible for the pain you experienced. 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 Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.

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