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Lakeview Shock Sex Abuse Lawyer

Sexual abuse of inmates is a serious problem in New York, including at medium security Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility. There is mounting evidence that sexual abuse of inmates by correctional officers at Lakeview has been allowed to occur for years. While those incarcerated at Lakeview Shock certainly give up some rights, they certainly don’t give up their human rights. They don’t expect that those who are there to maintain order would be the very people victimizing them. Not only is it against facility rules and illegal for correctional officers, prison volunteers, and other prison staff to have sexual contact with inmates, it leaves victims with years of psychological damage. Victims have reported that following sexual abuse, they experience years of night terrors, anxiety, and depression. Under New York law, however, those abused by prison staff have the right to pursue compensation through personal injury lawsuits even if their assailants were never charged with a crime or prosecuted. If you were sexually abused while at Lakeview Shock, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With over 20 years of experience helping injured victims win substantial compensation through civil claims, we can help you get the compensation to which you are legally entitled.

Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility

Lakeview Shock is a medium security prison for men and women located in the Village of Brocton in Chautauqua County, New York. Unlike most other prisons in New York, Lakeview Shock has a boot camp component to it, stressing rigorous physical activity, a structured work programs, intensive substance abuse and alcohol counseling, and structured educational programming.

Like other prisons in New York, Lakeview Shock has a culture that has allowed sexual abuse by correctional officers against inmates to go on relatively unfettered. However, because of the 2022 New York Adult Survivors Act, with the help of an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer, Lakeview Shock sex abuse survivors have a new opportunity to seek justice and to receive substantial compensation for the damage done by their abusers.

Liability for Prison Abuse

Although sexual abuse by corrections officers can result in physical injury, those injuries may heal relatively quickly. However, the emotional damage by being subjected to unwanted sexual contact can last for years and years. Because of the emotional damage caused by sexual abuse and because of the dynamic between correctional officers and inmates, sexual abuse at Lakeview Shock is often unreported. When it is reported, the victims are often discredited and not believed simply because of their status as inmates.

Under the Adult Survivors Act, adult survivors of sexual assault have the opportunity to hold their abusers accountable long after the physical injuries may have healed and long after the statute of limitations for filing civil claims has expired. Starting on November 24, 2022 and ending on November 23, 2023, survivors can demand compensation from their abusers. Because the law allows this limited one-time window of opportunity, it’s essential to act now and contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney in new York.

Even though there may have been only one correctional officer who committed the abuse, victims have the right to sue not only the abuser, but also the person who protected the abuser and created an environment where it was allowed occur. Defendants in civil lawsuits may include the assailant as well as other correctional officers, officials in supervisory positions, and those charged with investigating allegations of wrongdoing by prison staff.

Damages awarded to the victim would be primarily based on the victim’s emotional pain and suffering. If the defendants are found to be liable, the court would likely also award punitive damages because of the reprehensible nature of the act.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

Lakeview Shock exists to teach inmates skills that would help them change their ways such that they do not commit crimes in the future. To become victims of crimes committed by staff is reprehensible. Victims deserve justice in the form of compensation. If you were sexually abused at Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, the experienced sexual abuse attorneys serving New York at Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. Contact us 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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