We can only imagine what you’ve been through to be searching for our legal assistance today.

You never expected to be the victim of childhood sexual abuse, or the parent of a child of who has been physically or sexually abused. As with many crimes, most perpetrators are someone known from school, church or our community. If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse as a child, you’ve come to the right place for help. We want you to know that you are not alone, we believe you, and you deserve justice. What happened to you or your loved one is a wrong that can finally be righted.

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We believe survivors,
We believe in justice

You deserve to be heard. No one can ever turn back the clock and undo the harm that has been done to you or your loved one. But justice demands accountability, and in our system of civil justice, that accountability comes in the form of a verdict which includes money for the harms and losses suffered. While it can never make up for what happened, money is how we balance the scales. Money is also, of course, practical. It can provide material necessities and pay for the support you need to deal with the mental and emotional anguish caused by the trauma. We can’t promise that the road will be easy, but we will be by your side every step of the way.

We Need To Address This Problem

The trauma of childhood sexual assault lasts long after the moment it happened. Many survivors suffer silently because victims of assault are met with disbelief. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) someone in America is sexual assaulted every 98 seconds.

Every 98 seconds.

Even though assault against children is so prevalent, most survivors’ stories are treated with hostility and are sometimes pressured into staying silent.

“So many years past being raped, I tell myself what happened is ‘in the past.’ This is only partly true. In too many ways, the past is still with me. The past is written on my body. I carry it every single day. The past sometimes feels like it might kill me. It is a very heavy burden.”

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay

Many times, childhood sexual assault can take place within institutions and organizations that turn a blind eye to the abuse. Powerful people pretend the assaults are not happening and put no safeguards in place to prevent them from happening again.

We Cannot Ignore This Anymore

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau‘s 2010 report,  9.2% of children were victims of sexual abuse.

That means almost 1 in 10 children are victims of sexual assault.

Like adult sexual assault victims, many children do not report their abuse or out their abuser.

Of the nearly 321,500 victims age 12 or older of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States:

  • 15% are between 12-17 years old
  • 54% are between 18-34 years old
  • 28% are between 35-64 years old
  • 3% are 65+

No matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or income bracket- any child could be the victim of sexual abuse.

It Does Not End There

Children who experience the trauma of sexual assault know it does not end after the attack is over. You may experience depression, anti-social behavior, difficulty with emotional development, loss of self-esteem, self-abusive behaviors, or suicidal tendencies. With many of the sexual predators being someone you know and trust, we understand why the psychological side effects are so intense and long lasting.

“Since then I’ve always thought that under rape in the dictionary it should tell the truth. It is not just forcible intercourse; rape means to inhabit and destroy everything.”

― Alice Sebold, Lucky

How can you trust another person when something like this happened to you or someone you love?

We want to work with you to help you get the resources you need to get treatment and get your life back. We also want to hold negligent organizations responsible for allowing the assault to take place in the first place.

What Makes Our Law Firm Different

When you hire us, you are hiring a caring team of professionals, led by attorney Drew Palcsik. Before becoming a lawyer for injured people and their families, Drew Palcsik earned his Masters of Social Work. Since an early age, Drew has always known he wanted to help people.

His first job was in the mental health unit of Winthrop Hospital near Boston, Massachusetts. It was there that he realized two things:

  1. Many of the people who need psychiatric care have a long history of sexual abuse.
  2. As a social worker, you can help them with the daily struggle, but you can’t hold the wrongdoers accountable and work to prevent others from going through the same trauma

It was at this point that he realized that lawyers are the ones who can hold careless and abusive people responsible for their wrongful acts. He realized it was time to go back and become a lawyer and make a lasting difference.

We are people who want to make the world better. As people who want to make our communities better places to work, live and play- we must hold wrongdoers responsible.

It’s time to get your life back

You don’t need to fight this alone. You should not feel like you deserved the childhood sexual abuse that happened to you, or that you are broken because it happened to you.

It’s time to take action and hold these people responsible. Chances are, you were not the only victim, and you may be shedding light on institutional negligence. If a business or organization fails to hold their employees or members responsible, they are allowing it to happen again.

We are here to end the cycle of sexual abuse.

We represent victims of:

  • Daycare Child Sex Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse of Children or Adults by Medical Providers, Therapists and Doctors
  • Institutional or Religious Organizational Sexual Abuse of Children
  • School Sports and Programs Sexual Abuse of Children

What you need to know about New York’s Child Victim’s Act

How has the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse changed in civil cases?

Previously, New York’s statute of limitations permitted survivors of sexual abuse to file a civil lawsuit  against the person or institution until the age of 23. After the passage of the NY’s Child Victims Act, survivors will have until the age of 55.

When can a survivor of child sexual abuse file a civil claim?

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victim’s Act into law on February 14th, 2019. The law will officially go into effect on August 14th, 2019. At that time a “look-back” period will allow individuals between the ages of 23 and 55 to file lawsuits.

What institutions are no longer shielded?

Any organization that works with children may now be held responsible as the statute of limitation has been lifted. Organizations such as churches, schools, daycares, sports programs, scouting programs may have to compensate children who were victims of sexual abuse for offering employment to an abuser.

The New York Times quotes New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal saying: “You will be able to name your abuser. The institutions that harbored them. And moved them among other institutions so they could harm other children.”

Vermont Law On
Childhood Sexual Abuse

As it stands today, Vermont law is much more limited when it comes to protecting victims of childhood sexual assault. The law states:

You can file a personal injury suit within 6 years of the sexual abuse taking place or within 6 years of discovering that an injury or condition was caused by the sexual assault incident.

If you experienced a series of sexual abuse as a child, you do not need to establish which act specifically caused the condition or injury. In many cases, survivors only make the connection between their well-being and childhood sexual assault many years later, usually – but not always – with the help of skilled therapists.

As of this writing (April 2019), there is a bill before the Vermont Legislature which, if passed into law, would completely eliminate the statute of limitations for these cases in Vermont.

The time to take action is now.

Give our team a call, all of your information is confidential.

Our personal injury client Debbie K., wrote on our Google page

"Drew was patient, thorough, and professional and he guided me through my legal process with very solid, sound advice which ultimately led to a favorable outcome. I would highly recommend the firm!."

or read another review from former client, Brynna-Lee Carper, who similarly wrote:

"Drew Palcsik was able to get me a lot more settlement money than I would have ever been able to get on my own."

Or how about Cesare Bufano who exclaimed:

" Drew exuded confidence and reassured me that we were on the correct path. In the end the outcome could not have resulted any better!"

We have many more reviews on Facebook and Google that you can read to see how many people we have actually helped over the years. 

Here is what your next steps will look like:

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Call to see if your case is a good fit for our firm. You will speak with our  paralegal Toni Block. She will ask you for some basic information to make sure your situation is one we may be able to help with. You will not be asked to go into detail about the abuse during this initial call, We will only ask for as little information as is necessary to determine whether your situation meets the definition of childhood sexual abuse. If it is, we will schedule a private meeting for you to meet with attorney Drew Palcsik.

Drew will walk you through your case and personally answer all your questions so you feel confident moving forward with our firm.​

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After speaking with clear plan for recovering your health, what to expect in the legal process, and getting on the road to justice and accountability.

Let Us Help.

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