Many people who went through California’s juvenile justice system and were housed in various juvenile detention facilities were victimized. Unfortunately, these facilities failed to protect detainees from sexual abuse in some cases. Because of some new legislation, the statute of limitations for pursuing civil sexual abuse lawsuits
has been extended, allowing victims to come forward and pursue justice through civil sexual abuse lawsuits. If you were victimized while being detained in a juvenile detention center in California, you might be entitled to financial compensation for your losses under the newly amended law. The experienced and compassionate civil sexual abuse lawyers at the law firm of Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC are dedicated to helping victims achieve justice and holding abusers and the facilities that employed them accountable for their wrongful actions.
Prevalence of Sexual Abuse in California Juvenile Detention Facilities
The sexual abuse of minors in juvenile detention facilities in California has been a well-documented problem for years. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the perpetrators and the facilities that employed them. For example, the Los Angeles Times reported on a lawsuit filed by 20 women who were allegedly sexually abused while detained at Camp Scott in Los Angeles County. The lawsuit alleged that at least 10 officers subjected the women to sexual assaults while they were minors between 1996 and 2008. In one case, the victim was impregnated by a juvenile officer while she was a teenager.