Sexual Assault and Abuse
Laws in New York and New Jersey, as well as Federal Laws, prohibit sexual abuse, assault and misconduct in a variety of areas, including in housing and employment. Although some sexual assaults may entail the use of physical force, often times, these attacks are premised on quid pro quo or coercion for some benefit or to avoid some consequences. Examples include landlords who threaten eviction against tenants who would not provide sexual favors and employers who promoted employees only after they were pressured into performing sexual acts. Not only are these cases criminal, but they also give rise to the ability to pursue civil law suits for monetary damages against abusers and those who foster, enable and protect them. Recent laws in New Jersey have expanded the amount of time victims of sexual assault have to pursue claims against those responsible. These changes were enacted largely in recognition of the fact that it is not uncommon for victims to report the abuse they have suffered.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, it is important to speak with an experienced sexual assault attorney in order to ensure that their privacy is protected and that the predator is held responsible.