Sexual Abuse Prosecution Settlement Update – Prosecution Information Center Blog
Victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault can often obtain financial compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a civil lawsuit against the abuser or the employer/organization that allowed the abuse to occur. Almost any type of criminal sexual behavior or unwanted sexual contact can form the basis of a lawsuit for sexual abuse or sexual assault.
Sexual abuse lawsuits
Settlement amounts in sexual abuse lawsuits
Statute of limitations in child abuse cases
Compensation in a sexual abuse lawsuit may be awarded for such things as: medical expenses (including mental health counselling), loss of wages or income, and pain and suffering (including anguish mental health resulting from the abuse). The most successful sexual abuse lawsuits are those in which a company or institution can be held liable. When the abuse occurs in a school, church, hospital, etc., that entity can potentially be held liable for civil damages. This is especially true if the abuser was a school, church, hospital, or institution employee.
Recent sexual abuse settlements, lawsuits and news
Below are recent verdicts, settlements, new lawsuits, and other stories related to sexual abuse and sexual assault lawsuits in civil court.
- Royal Rangers settle child sex abuse lawsuit (March 2022): The Assemblies of God church recently settled a sexual assault lawsuit filed in Oregon by a group of men who alleged they were sexually abused as children while serving as “scouts” in the program for the young Christians of the Royal Rangers. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The Royal Rangers are a Christian program for young people like scouts. The recently settled lawsuit is one of many sexual abuse claims filed recently against Rangers. The Royal Ranger troop leaders accused of the attack have already received criminal convictions.
- Ex-Nike coach charged with sexually assaulting female athlete (February 2022): A recent arbitration ruling revealed that famed running coach Alberto Salazar (previously with the Nike Oregon Project) was banned for life from the sport after the referee found he had repeatedly sexually assaulted an athlete. In October 2021, former track phenom Mary Cain filed a lawsuit against Salazar and Nike seeking $20 million in damages for alleged verbal and physical abuse while Salazar was her coach.
- U. of Michigan settles sexual abuse case for $490 million (January 2022): More than 1,000 former student athletes have filed lawsuits against the University of Michigan, claiming they were sexually assaulted by a former football team doctor. The University recently announced that it had reached a settlement in which it would pay $490 million to resolve the cases. $460 million will be disbursed among 1,050 applicants, which equates to approximately $438,000 per applicant (although the split will not be equal). The remaining $60 million will be held in reserve for potential future claimants, should they submit their claim by 7/31/23.
- $609,010 verdict in sexual abuse case against CT Day Spa (August 2021): A Waterbury, Connecticut jury has awarded $609,010 in damages in a sexual assault lawsuit against the Viso Bella Day Spa. The woman claimed she was sexually assaulted by a massage therapist employed by the day spa. The employee was criminally charged and sentenced to 1 year in prison for the incident.
- $73 million settlement approved in UCLA gynecologist abuse case (July 2021): A California judge officially approves a $73 million collective settlement in the class-action sexual abuse case against former UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Heap. The lawsuit alleged that from 1983 to 2018, Dr. Heap groped countless patients and faked intercourse with an ultrasound probe during exams at the UCLA Medical Center.
- WA school district pays $4.2 million for student sexual abuse (June 2021): The Issaquah School District in King, Washington County has agreed to pay $4.25 million to settle a lawsuit alleging a former college professor sexually assaulted a student. The lawsuit was brought by Courtney Dennis who claimed her college drama teacher, Richard Buckley, sexually abused her for several years from the age of 12. Buckley was later convicted of sexually assaulting another girl.
- Abuses at private schools in Baltimore help push for new laws (March 2021): A thorough investigation at Gilman School, one of Baltimore’s oldest and most prestigious private schools, has confirmed allegations that 2 former school employees sexually abused numerous students on a 40 year period. In 2019, a similar investigation at another Baltimore-area private school identified 10 staff members who engaged in sexual misconduct. These reports prompted the Maryland legislature to propose a new law that would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits for sexual abuse in Maryland. Current Maryland law requires victims of childhood sexual abuse to file a complaint before age 38.
- $19.2 million settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh (February 2021): The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania announced that its Third Party Claims Administration has awarded a total of $19.2 million to settle 224 third party claims. clergy sexual abuse (an average payment of $86,000 per victim). Plaintiffs alleged that they were sexually abused as children by 99 different priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The Claims Administration received a total of 369 sexual abuse claims. 70 claims were deemed ineligible, 23 claims were discontinued, and 52 of the claimants rejected settlement offers and filed suit. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia had a similar program and ended up paying out $44 million to 208 certified claimants.
- USA figure skating settles sexual abuse case for $1.45 million (January 2021): USA Figure Skating has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former skater who claims his coach, Richard Callaghan, sexually abused him as a teenager. The lawsuit claimed that USA Figure Skating was liable for its negligent failure to supervise the trainer and prevent the abuse from occurring.
- $46.7 Million Settlement in Ohio State Sex Abuse Lawsuit (October 2020): Ohio State University has paid $46,700,000 to settle civil lawsuits brought by 185 former students who claimed they were sexually abused by former football team doctor Richard Strauss (deceased). The plaintiffs, who claimed Dr. Strauss groped them during physical exams, received an average payout of around $252,000.
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