New state laws across the county, including in California and Hawai‘i, now allow adult survivors of child sex abuse to seek justice and compensation. Laws mandating short reporting periods have allowed abusers to continue assaulting children. Abusers hid behind positions of authority, vestments, badges of honor, whistles, and medical licenses, but no more. As a leader in childhood sex abuse litigation, we have the experience, resources and steadfast commitment to see justice done.
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Facts on Childhood Sex Abuse
In the United States, 10 percent of all children experience some form of sexual abuse and 90 percent know their assaulter. Sadly, the U.S. Department of Justice estimates that only 31 percent of sexual assault cases are reported to authorities. But recent laws now permit survivors of sexual abuse, even from several years before, to seek justice.
The Effects of Childhood Sex Abuse
The damage of childhood sexual abuse lasts well into adulthood, but victims have been unable to seek justice. Many survivors who spoke up in childhood were ignored, while others who waited to report the abuse found their complaints time-barred. Still, some victims in their 50s and 60s are just now uncovering repressed childhood sexual abuse. Fortunately, new laws may allow justice to be served.
Filing a Sex Abuse Lawsuit
Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman is helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse find justice and compensation. Our Childhood Sex Abuse Legal Team is part of a network of experienced sex abuse attorneys representing survivors across the country. We offer a dedicated and heightened level of survivor support and discretion and work diligently to ensure we get the best results for our clients.
Frequent Settings of Assault
The damage of childhood sexual abuse committed by adults within trusted institutions that we depend on is resounding. Many young survivors’ complaints were ignored or silenced as children, while others were time-barred because they waited until adulthood to report the abuse. Still, some victims in their 50s and 60s are just now uncovering repressed childhood sexual abuse. These survivors are finally making the connection to years of psychological distress, failed relationships, and destructive behaviors stemming from long-forgotten or suppressed abuse.
Church Sex Abuse
Church outings, activities, events, and ministry all pose opportunities by which young parishioners can be victimized. Headlines are rife with examples of church sexual abuse stemming from the Catholic Church, Southern Baptist Church, United Methodist Church and more. If you or a loved one is a survivor of clergy abuse, our team will fight for your rights.
Sexual Assault At Scouting and Other Organizations
Organizations parents trust to provide educational and recreational enrichment for their children can also act as dangerous situations for child sexual abuse. Parents never anticipate that camping, after-school projects or mentorship could lead to their child being victimized. If you or a loved one has experienced abuse while participating in scouting or another extracurricular organization, our legal team will advocate for you.
Organized Sports Sex Abuse
Youth sports instill physical and social skills on the playing field. However, between 2 and 8 percent of youth athletes encounter sexual assault. In 98 percent of these incidents, the abusers are coaches, teachers, or instructors. Our experienced team will fight to obtain justice for you or your loved one who was a victim of sexual abuse while participating in organized sports.
Sex Abuse At School
Educational institutions are cornerstones of formative development for children, and schools and daycares must be places where children feel and are safe. However, many predators have violated that by exploiting the children entrusted to them. Call us today if you or a loved one was sexually abused by an educator or school staff member.
Sexual Assault During Medical Treatment
Medical professionals such as doctors, dentists, and hospital staff are entrusted to treat their patients with respect as they provide medical care. Violating that trust by sexual assault is a serious breach of medical ethics and the law. Call us today if you or a loved one was sexually abused by a medical professional.
How Our Sex Abuse Lawyers Can Help You
Our lawyers provide free initial consultations. If you are an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse and you believe you have a potential lawsuit, contact us. Contact is confidential and discreet. We will meet with you to evaluate your claim with no obligation on your part.
The Galiher law firm works tirelessly to obtain the best results for its clients in every case. Through our many years of practice, however, we understand that every case is unique and any recovery is based on the particular facts of the case at hand. Prior results cannot guarantee the results in future cases.
L. Richard DeRobertis
Partner & Lead Appellate Lawyer
L. Richard DeRobertis joined the firm in 1983 and serves as the lead appellate lawyer in the firm. Rick has helped to preserve and expand the legal rights of Hawai’i workers, mesothelioma victims and consumers, and represents them in court appeals against manufacturers and large corporations.Meet Rick
Born and raised in Hawai'i, Ilana Waxman joined the Galiher team in 2007 and focuses her practice on clients with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. She also represents the families of children born with birth defects due to chemical exposures, Hawai'i residents suffering from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma as a result of Roundup exposure, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and other catastrophic injury cases.Meet Ilana
Born and raised in Hawaii, Allison Aoki attended Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and Keio University in Tokyo before returning to attend the University of Hawaii for law school. Her practice focuses on representing victims of asbestos disease, pesticide exposure, and other catastrophic injuries. She approaches every case with sensitivity and determination as she works to help local families seek justice.Meet Allison
Alyssa R. Segawa
A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Alyssa Segawa’s practice concentrates on asbestos litigation, personal injury, product liability, Roundup litigation, appellate and federal practice matters. She has a particular interest in helping victims of mesothelioma seek justice through the legal system as her grandfather passed away from mesothelioma when she was 16.Meet Alyssa
Peter A. Kraus
Partner Peter Kraus focuses on toxic torts, whistleblower qui tam cases and pharmaceutical litigation. He has tried numerous asbestos, benzene exposure, and pharmaceutical cases including many multimillion-dollar verdicts and is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims’ rights.Meet Peter
Christopher L. Johnson
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Gary O. Galiher
Gary Galiher, the late founder of Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman, began practicing law in 1977 and started his own law firm the following year when he took on the first mesothelioma case in Hawai’i. We are proud to carry on his legacy, his personal commitment and his willingness to take on big organizations and companies on behalf of our clients.
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Call for Swift Action to Pass EARN IT Act – Keep Kids Safe
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Adult survivors of child sex abuse are getting a renewed chance at justice.
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