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Inmate Sexual Assault at Taconic Correctional Facility Lawyer

Inmates at Taconic Correctional Facility have been sexually victimized by correctional officers for years, yet the abuse is rarely reported. When reported, the abusers are rarely punished. Taconic, like other correctional facilities in New York and across the country, has not prioritized ensuring the safety of inmates from abuse by their own correctional officers, volunteers, and officials. In fact, protecting abusive employees appeared to be more important. 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 Taconic Correctional Facility to seek justice even if the abuse occurred a long time ago and the statute of limitations has expired. If you or a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse while an inmate at Taconic 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 through civil action.

Adult Survivors Act

Victims of wrongdoing have the right to pursue compensation from the wrongdoer by filing personal jury cases. However, there have been challenges associated with victims of inmate sexual abuse at Taconic Correctional Facility receiving justice. Much of the abuse is never reported for fear of retaliation. When abuse has been reported, it has not always been investigated thoroughly. As a result, in many cases the statute of limitations for filing a civil suit expired without the victims ever truly having the opportunity to pursue justice.

Things changed on May 24, 2022 when New York Governor Hochul signed into law the Adult Survivors Act. The act gives adult survivors of sexual abuse who were barred from suing due to the statute of limitations, a one-year window to pursue justice through civil lawsuits. If you were sexually assaulted while an inmate at Taconic Correctional Facility, contact an experienced New York prisoner sexual abuse lawyer. Under the Adult Survivors Act, victims of inmate sexual abuse can file civil lawsuits and demand compensation for the losses they suffered even though the statute of limitations had passed. To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the Adult Survivors Act, plaintiffs must:

  • File their lawsuits between November 24, 2022 and November 23, 2023
  • Have been the victim of a sex crime as described by defined by N.Y. Pen. Law § 130 et seq.
  • Have been at least 18 years old when the sex abuse occurred.
Compensation for Victims

Through a civil lawsuit with the help of an experienced prisoner abuse attorney in New York, victims of inmate sexual assault at Taconic Correctional Facility can demand compensation for the losses they suffered. While there are multiple types of damages that a victim can pursue in a civil lawsuit, when it comes to suing based on an inmate sexual assault at Taconic Correctional Facility, courts are likely to award compensatory damages for the pain and suffering experienced by the victim as well as punitive damages. Because of the abhorrent nature of a sexual attack at the hands of a correctional officer hired to maintain order, the amount of punitive damages may be significant.

Stephen Bilkis & Associates Can Help

Victims of sexual abuse who were incarcerated at the time of the abuse have the right to justice. Because of the Adult Survivors Act, victims who thought it was too late now have the opportunity to file civil claims and demand compensation. However, it is critical that you act now and immediately contact an experienced prisoner abuse attorney serving New York at Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. Once the November 23, 2023 deadline passes, there will not be another opportunity. We represent victims of prisoner sexual abuse in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.

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