Inmate Sexual Assault at Albion Correctional Facility Lawyer
While no one should anticipate prison life to be easy, no one should anticipate prison correctional officers to be sexually abusive. Inmate sexual assault at Albion Correctional Facility and other correctional facilities in New York is widespread. Sadly, far too often the abuse goes on unreported. Historically, when it was reported, little if anything was done about it. Few abusers were fired, reprimanded, charged, or prosecuted. Facilities did not prioritize preventing correctional officers from victimizing inmates. However, with the passage of a new law, the Adult Survivors Act, there is now a new opportunity for victims of inmate sexual assault at Albion Correctional Facility to seek justice even if the abuse occurred years ago. If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual assault while an inmate at Albion Correctional Facility, contact an experienced New York prisoner sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. Sexual abuse of prisoners is illegal. We are here to help ensure that victims receive justice.Adult Survivors Act
It is not unusual for victims of sexual assault to remain silent. Victims often feel shame, fear, and embarrassment. Some feel that they “asked for it.” Some feel that they would not be believed. For many, it can take a long time to process the assault such that they are able to talk about it and report it to authorities.
When it comes to victims who are incarcerated, the fear of retribution and concern about not being believed is reasonable, considering the dynamic between inmates and correctional officers. As a result many assaults go unreported until it is too late for justice because of the expiration of the statute of limitations for either criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits. As an experienced New York prisoner sexual abuse lawyer will explain, the Adult Survivors Act brings hope.
With the recently enacted Adult Survivors Act, victims of sexual assault at Albion Correctional Facility and at other correctional facilities now have an opportunity to pursue civil lawsuits against their attackers even though the statute of limitations has passed. This means that whether the abuse occurred 10 years ago, 20 years ago, or 30+ years ago, victims of inmate sexual assault now have the opportunity to file lawsuits and potentially receive substantial financial compensation.
Under the Adult Survivors Act, victims of inmate sexual abuse can file civil lawsuits and demand compensation for the losses they suffered. However, there is a time limit on this opportunity. Lawsuits must be filed between November 24, 2022 and November 23, 2023.
To be eligible to take advantage of the Adult Survivors Act:
- Plaintiff must have been the victim of a sex offense as defined by N.Y. Pen. Law § 130 et seq.
- Plaintiff must have been at least 18 years old when the abuse occurred.
- Plaintiff’s claim must have been time-barred. If the abused occurred recently and is not subject to the statute of limitations, the victim can still sue. However, their lawsuit will not be subject to the one-year look back window. Regardless of when the sexual abuse occurred, if you were sexually abused while an inmate at Albion, contact an experienced prisoner sexual abuse attorney in New York.
Through a personal injury lawsuit, victims of inmate sexual assault at Albion Correctional Facility can demand compensation for the losses they suffered. The losses may be financial losses or emotional losses. For example, victims may be entitled to compensation based on:
- Medical bills for physical and psychological treatment
- Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
In the case of inmate sexual assault, the pain and suffering award and the punitive damages award may be significant.Stephen Bilkis & Associates Can Help
Victims of sexual abuse at Albion Correctional Facility or at any institution in New York, have the right to justice. However, if the abuse occurred years ago, time is of the essence. It is critical that you act now. Contact an experienced prisoner 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 victims of prisoner sexual abuse in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.