Taconic Correctional Facility Sex Abuse Lawyer
Sexual abuse of inmates is a serious problem in New York, including at Taconic Correctional Facility. Correctional officers, prison officials, and even volunteers regularly commit sex offenses against inmates they are charged with serving, supporting, and protecting. While prisoners certainly give up some rights when they are convicted of crimes, they certain don’t give up their human rights. They certainly don’t give up the right to be free from sexual abuse. Sadly, in prisons across the country, including in New York, inmates are routinely sexually abused by correctional officers. Under New York law, those abused by prison staff while they were incarcerated at Taconic Correctional Facility have the right to pursue compensation through sexual assault lawsuits. If you were sexually abused while at Taconic, contact an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With over 20 years of experience helping injured victims win substantial compensation, we can help you get the compensation which you deserve and to which are legally entitled.Taconic Correctional Facility
Taconic Correctional Facility is a medium security women’s prison located in Bedford Hills, New York. It currently houses about 170 woman inmates, but has a capacity of about 387. Just like other prisons for women in New York such as the now closed Bayview Correctional Facility and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, Taconic has a history of women inmates being sexually abused by correctional officers and staff. Thanks to the New York Adult Survivors Act, a new law enacted on May 24, 2022, with the help of an experienced New York sexual abuse lawyer, Taconic Correctional Facility sex abuse survivors have the opportunity for justice and to receive compensation for the damage done by their abusers.Liability for Prison Abuse
Although sexual abuse by correctional officers can result in serious personal injury, those injuries may heal relatively quickly. However, the psychological damage by being subjected to unwanted sexual contact can last for years and years.
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. Starting on November 24, 2022 and ending on November 23, 2023, survivors can demand compensation from their abusers even if the statute of limitations for pursuing a civil lawsuit had already expired. The law allows a one-time only, one-year window to pursue compensation. It’s critical to act now and contact an experienced sexual abuse attorney in new York.
Under the law, victims have the right to sue not only the assailant, but also anyone who helped the abuser by intentionally protecting them from prosecution or ignoring their actions. Potential defendants may be other correctional officers, those who supervised the abusive correction officer as well as the person who hired them. Furthermore, the institution itself may be liable for failure to protect you and for human rights violations.
Your damages would be based on your physical injuries as well as on your emotional pain and suffering. In addition, because of the outrageous nature of the actions of the prison officials, you may entitled to punitive damages as well.Contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates
Committing a crime does not mean that it is acceptable for your human rights to be violated. In fact, the job of correctional officers and other staff of Taconic Correctional Facility staff is to serve the inmates, maintain order, and protect the inmates. Having sexual contact with inmates is not only inappropriate, it is criminal. If you were sexually abused at Taconic Correctional Facility, the experienced sexual abuse attorneys serving New York at Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help. Even if the assailant was never charged with a crime, they can still be held accountable through civil action. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent injured victims in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Long Island, and Westchester County.