Institutional Sex Abuse

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Institutional Sex Abuse Attorneys in Los Angeles

Holding Institutions Accountable for Allowing Abuse

When we trust churches, youth groups, and other community organizations with our families, we never expect that trust will be violated by those in positions of power. Unfortunately, when institutions fail to eradicate sex abuse and other forms of sexual misconduct from their ranks, children and their families may pay the ultimate price. This failure can also create a culture of institutional sex abuse, as organization leaders and members attempt to cover up any misdeeds.

Some of the most common institutions where sex abuse can flourish:

  • Churches and religious organizations
  • Youth camps
  • Foster homes and runaway shelters
  • Hospitals and medical centers
  • Non-profits, missions, and charitable groups
  • Homeless shelters
  • Nursing homes

If you or your child have been sexually abused while spending time at an important community institution, you may have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against the institution itself, as well as the abuser. With a track record of taking on complex, multi-level organizations, our Los Angeles institutional sex abuse lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP can serve as committed advocates for your sex abuse claim.

It’s important to review your case with a qualified attorney as soon as possible. Call Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 for a free consultation.

What Causes Institutional Abuse?

From harassment to child molestation to sexual assault, sex abuse has the potential to impact the rest of a victim’s life, causing serious psychological and physical injuries. In any organization, there may be bad actors who violate the human dignity of those around them through sex abuse. When the organization supports and enables these predators, however, the problem can extend far beyond a single bad actor – and create a culture of silence and shame for victims. Additionally, institutions that fail to exercise due diligence when hiring, transferring, and disciplining their employees may allow abuse to thrive.

In some cases, institutional sex abuse is caused by one or more of the following factors:

  • Negligent hiring and supervision
  • Lack of communication between staff, management, and members
  • Lack of transparency or a “closed” culture
  • Failure to create effective channels for reporting abuse
  • Inadequate training on the signs of sex abuse
  • Failure to take appropriate disciplinary action against abusers
  • Shaming and intimidating victims into silence

Filing an Institutional Sex Abuse Claim

Whether you suffered abuse at a major religious organization or a youth summer camp, it can be daunting to consider taking legal action against a well-known and well-respected institution. National institutions like the Boy Scouts of America and the Roman Catholic Church have faced sexual abuse claims for decades and done little to correct the problem, using their vast resources to defend against sex abuse lawsuits.

However, if you were molested, raped, or sexually harassed while at an institution – or if your child endured these horrific traumas – you deserve to fight for your right to compensation. At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles lawyers have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of injury victims throughout Southern California and beyond. While past results do not predict future success, we have extensive resources as a result of our past victories and can invest in your case.

Call (866) 634-4525 to discuss your sex abuse claim.



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