Ross Feller Casey is now actively investigating lawsuits involving child sexual assault by Catholic priests in the wake of a scathing grand jury report alleging abuse and cover-ups across Pennsylvania. Release in August 2018, the far-reaching, 880-page report details disturbing allegations against more than 300 “predator priests” who abused thousands of children over the past 70 years at six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, and Greensburg.
Few child sexual abuse cases receive such international attention. But the child abuse lawyers at Ross Feller Casey are committed to providing the same level of expertise, understanding and sensitivity for each case that they pursue.
The firm has successfully litigated a series of seven- and eight-figure settlements involving child sexual abuse in a variety of settings.
Most recently, Feller successfully recovered $5 million on behalf of a former Somerset (Pa.) Area School District student who was sexually abused by a teacher starting when she was 14 years old. In the lawsuit, which was settled in July 2018, Feller alleged that top district officials knew of the abuse and did nothing to prevent it. Learn more about the case
In a separate recent case, Feller also successfully litigated a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a girl who was sexually assaulted by a camp counselor at a Pennsylvania summer camp.
Ross Feller Casey also is currently litigating several high-profile sexual abuse lawsuits against school districts across Pennsylvania.
In June 2017, Casey filed a lawsuit against the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.and the principal of Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pa., alleging administrators created a culture of tolerance that allowed a 67-year-old instructional aide to sexually abuse a student starting when she was 15. And the firm is investigating a separate sex abuse suit involving another aide and student at the same high school. Lean more about the cases
The unfortunate reality is that child abuse remains far too prevalent in the United States. In fact, statistics indicate that over 3 million incidents of child abuse are reported each year, and a new occurrence of child abuse is reported every 10 seconds. How common is child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania?
There are several types of child abuse and neglect that these young victims are facing.
Child physical abuse is non-accidental physical injury or trauma. This may include beating, hitting, punching, kicking, biting, burning or any other method that is used to intentionally cause harm to a child. Physical abuse often occurs when parents or caretakers employ physical discipline tactics, and their anger in the moment can surpass their awareness of how badly they are hurting the child.
Child sexual abuse can take the form of touching a child in a sexual manner, non-touching sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. These behaviors may include indecent exposure, intentionally exposing a child to sexual acts, fondling, sexual intercourse or using a child to create pornographic material. While child sexual abuse can occur to varying degrees, all of these offenses can be damaging and traumatic. To make matters even worse, children often know and like the individuals that end up hurting them.
Child abuse can happen anywhere. You have likely heard news stories about children being abused by:
- Daycare providers
- Summer camp counselors
- Church or religious workers
- After-school programs
- Youth-based organizations
When child abuse occurs outside of the home, both parents and children can be left feeling vulnerable and afraid. Over 10 million children in the United States attend summer camps each year.
While most children will have fun experiences, others will return home emotionally and/or physically damaged after experiencing abuse from those who they should have been able to trust. Daycares and preschools are another area of concern, given that almost one-quarter of children under the age of 5 are in some type of childcare. Even when parents thoroughly research and investigate their options, it is easy for abuse to happen when parents cannot be there to see exactly how their children are being cared for.
Are you wondering: How do I find a child sexual abuse lawyer near me?
If an organization entrusted with the care of your loved one neglected its responsibilities, resulting in child abuse, you might need to file a lawsuit. The experienced child abuse lawyers at Ross Feller Casey can help you seek justice. Contact our law firm today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys.