(PRWEB) June 23, 2012
On Friday, June 22, 2012, Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse, including fondling, forced oral sex and anal rape.
The Lassen Law Firm, Sexual Abuse Lawyers, represents victims of coach sexual abuse throughout Pennsylvania.
In general, according to attorney Christian K. Lassen II, managing partner of the Lassen Law Firm, a typical coach abuse involves a betrayal of the trust between the perpetrator of the sexual abuse, the organization or institution employing the abuser and the athletes and their families. Coach sexual abuse causes physical injuries and emotional pain that may last years. It is not easy for a victim of sexual abuse by a coach to come forward with the abuse. In many cases, victims of coach sex abuse are children who are gullible and susceptible to manipulation and intimidation coming from their coach. However, it is crucial to report coach sex abuse so that it does not occur again. If you are a parent of a child who you suspect could be the victim of sexual abuse by a coach, the Lassen Law Firm urges you to speak with the child in order to educate the child about his or her legal rights. Children need to know that sexual abuse is a horrible crime punishable by law.
While the criminal courts punish the perpetrator of sexual abuse, civil courts are designed to compensate the victim financially. Sexual abuse victims may get a monetary award for their injuries sustained as a result of sexual abuse, if they file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator of the abuse and other responsible parties. The institution employing the abuser coach may also be held liable for the abuse. If the organization where the perpetrator of sexual abuse worked knew or should have known about the sexual abuse and did nothing to prevent it, it, too, may be liable for the injuries under the institutional abuse theory.
Institutional sexual abuse occurs when an employee or an agent of an organization serving children and youth, such as a university, engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child.
According to attorney Lassen, when people have been the victim of abuse by their coach, they may feel helpless, and the victim's physical and emotional recovery is typically compounded by financial problems arising out the sexual abuse. At the Lassen Law Firm, our Pennsylvania coach sexual abuse attorneys are passionate about seeing the justice served. We represent only victims of sexual abuse and do not offer defense services to the abuser. We are strong believers that the justice must prevail and the sexual assault victim should get his or her monetary award. Even though no amount of money can overturn the injuries suffered by the victim of sexual abuse, the recovered money can be used to pay for medical treatment, therapy, and other treatment programs.
If you or your child has been a victim of coach abuse, the last thing you should have to worry about is your financial security. At the Lassen Law Firm, we work hard to make sure our clients are allowed to focus on getting better without having to worry about their future wellbeing. The Lassen Law Firm employs a team of skilled Philadelphia coach sexual abuse lawyers who will aggressively fight for maximum recovery of damages for our clients' serious injuries.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a 29% contingency fee, not the standard 45% like other firms.
Christian K. Lassen II
Lassen Law Firm
1515 Market Street #1510
Philadelphia, PA 19102