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Rose M. Singer Center Inmate Abuse Lawyer

Rose M. Singer Center is a part of Rikers Island. Generally, it houses female inmates who are awaiting trial or who are serving jail sentences of less than one year. Just like at other facilities that house female inmates, sexual abuse of inmates by prison staff is a significant problem. In fact, in one case, an inmate at Rose M. Singer Center was sexually abused by a prison doctor and was repeatedly raped by three prison guards. The victim submitted evidence of a policy of at Rose M. Singer of “deliberate indifference to the physical and sexual assault of inmates.” The victim received a substantial settlement. However, historically, most victim have never received justice. Times have changed. Due to the Adult Survivors Act, there is now a limited opportunity for those who were sexually abused at Rose M. Singer Center years ago to receive justice. If you were sexually assaulted at Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With a track record of winning substantial sums for victims, we can help you pursue compensation for the abuse you suffered.

Adult Survivors Act

Just like victims of any other personal jury, victims of sexual abuse have the right to pursue civil action against their abusers. However, there is a short statute of limitations that applies to such cases. When it comes to Rose M. Singer Center sexual abuse, the statute of limitation passes without the abuse being reported or properly investigated. However, with the May 24, 2022 passing of the Adult Survivors Act, survivors of sex abuse at Rose M. Singer as well as other adult survivors have an opportunity to pursue justice despite the statute of limitations having expired.

Under the Adult Survivors Act, victims have a one year window to bring actions that are otherwise time-barred. The window begins on November 24, 2022- six months after the law was signed, and ends on November 23, 2023. Note that although the actions of the abuser amounted to committing a criminal act under New York Penal Law, in order to file a civil claim, it is not necessary that the abuser have been prosecuted or charged with a crime. To learn whether you have a claim that can be pursued under the Adult Survivors Act, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer.

Sexual Abuse at Rose M. Singer

Sexual abuse is a loose term that captures any sex offense defined in N.Y. Pen. Law § 130 et seq. This may include rape, forcible touching, being forced to touch the abuser, the abuser exposing genitals, and threats to force the victim to hide the abuse.

It is important to understand that an inmate at Rose M. Singer Center does not have the legal capacity to consent to sexual contact with a correctional officers. Thus, a correctional officer will not be able to successfully defend an accusation of sexual abuse by saying that it was consensual or that the inmate initiated the sexual contact.

Compensation

Victims of sexual abuse have the right to demand compensation not only from their abusers, but from those who protected the abuser. For example, other prison officials who served as the “lookout” or those who failed to investigate allegations of abuse should also be defendants in lawsuits related to the sexual abuse.

Compensation may include damages based on pain and suffering. Victims of sexual assault suffer emotionally. This is why that many are unable to report the assault. They are unable to talk about it because it is difficult for them to process it. Victims suffer depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety. Some experience the emotional trauma for years. Through a lawsuit, victims can demand compensation for pain and suffering. In addition, victims can demand compensation for punitive damages. A correctional officer, prison doctor, prison volunteer, or other prison official sexually assaulting an inmate meets the definition of outrageous behavior required for an award of punitive damages.

Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were incarcerated at Rose M. Singer Center and were sexually abused by the corrections officers, volunteers, or other staff, you have the right to file a claim for significant compensation for the suffering your experienced. Under the law, the window to file your claim is just one year beginning on November 24, 2022 and ending on November 23, 2023. Thus, it’s important to act immediately. 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.

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