Sex Abuse

Sex Abuse


  • Very few perpetrators of sexual abuse are held criminally responsible, but a civil claim can provide justice and compensation for victims.

  • Sexual abuse can happen anywhere, including schools, religious institutions, the workplace, nursing homes, youth organizations, and more.

  • The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in Louisiana was removed in 2021, and a lookback window was enacted for victims previously unable to file a claim to do so.

Louisiana Sex Abuse Attorneys Committed to Fighting for Survivors of Abuse

Why Hire HHK Sexual Abuse Attorneys

When a sex abuse perpetrator is caught and found guilty, the criminal justice system can lock the person away so no one else is hurt. However, this rarely happens and doesn’t affect others in powerful positions or institutions covering up or allowing sexual abuse to continue. 

At Herman Herman Katz, our lawyers do more than just fight relentlessly for sex abuse victims to receive the compensation they’re entitled to through civil lawsuits; we continue to use our experience to keep forcing systemic change at every level until the abuse cycle is broken and survivors can come forward without fear. 

Our accomplished Louisiana sex abuse attorneys stand as a barrier between you and your abuser and/or their organization. We can recommend trusted physicians for any physical harm, compile evidence such as text messages, emails, photos to present to the court, and take care of all the paperwork and filing deadlines so you can focus on healing. You’ve done the hardest part by coming forward – let us take it from here. 

Frequency and Effects of Sexual Abuse

In many ways, sexual abuse is the most deeply personal injury someone will experience in their lifetime. Unfortunately, there is a stigma surrounding victims of sex abuse that often encourages them to stay quiet about the horrific things they have endured. They fear they won’t be believed or taken seriously, or they question whether what happened to them was actually abuse or just a misunderstanding during events that may be difficult to remember. 

But the reality is that someone experiences rape or attempted rape every five minutes in the United States, and that’s just one type of sexual abuse. Unfortunately, there are many ways a person can be sexually violated. A crime that may take just minutes or seconds to commit can irrevocably destroy survivors’ physical, mental, and emotional health.

Short- and long-term side effects from any type of sexual assault can include:

  • PTSD
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse and self-harm
  • Inability to form healthy relationships
  • Self-hatred
  • Unwanted pregnancy and STDs

With the help of a personal injury lawyer, survivors may seek compensation for the widespread and often lifelong effects of sexual abuse.

Sexual Abuse in Louisiana

Louisiana has very harsh penalties for those convicted of sex crimes – but very few of these predators are even caught, much less successfully tried in court, because most victims are too afraid to report the crime. Just 31% of them do come forward, and only 2.5 percent of perpetrators end up in prison. This is unacceptable, and our compassionate team of sex abuse attorneys is committed to seeking the justice that survivors deserve. A civil sexual abuse lawsuit can hold perpetrators accountable in ways a criminal case often fails to do. 

The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse survivors to file a civil lawsuit in Louisiana was removed in 2021, and a special lookback window was enacted at the same time. However, adult victims are still limited by a short timeframe, so it’s important to consult with an attorney sooner than later.

Sex Abuse Practice Areas

Church Sexual Abuse

Priest in cassock praying on dark background, closeupInstitutional sexual abuse, the type committed in trusted organizations designed to keep their members safe, is perhaps most disturbing when it occurs inside a religious entity like a church. Unfortunately, Louisiana clergy abuse has been happening for years.

The Catholic Church has been rocked in recent decades by thousands of credible sex abuse claims against priests and other clergy members who violated faithful congregants – especially children – in the very place they are taught to seek sanctuary.  

The sex abuse lawyers at Herman Herman Katz have represented Louisiana clergy abuse victims in lawsuits against the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Our firm is currently responsible for 80% of filed cases. We understand that accusing the powerful Catholic Church is a terrifying thing to do, and we will guide you through every step of the process with compassion and the utmost discretion. Anything you share with us will remain confidential for as long as you wish.

Sex Abuse on College Campuses

Millions of students at U.S. schools and colleges put their trust in their teachers, advisors, professors, coaches and administrators. Unfortunately, some of them take advantage of that trust. And because these people are in positions of authority, they can keep student sex abuse victims quiet by threatening bad grades or expulsion from a sports team.

Women between 18-24 years old are the most susceptible to rape and sexual assault on college campuses. That group is three times more likely to experience sexual abuse than non-student females, and male members of fraternities are three times more likely to commit rape than their non-Greek counterparts. Nearly 18% of the country’s entire female population has experienced rape or attempted rape – that’s approximately one out of every five women.

Child Sex Abuse

Committing rape or sexual assault is abhorrent enough; performing these acts on children seems unthinkable. But every nine minutes in the U.S., a child experiences some form of sex abuse – almost always by someone they know and trust. The statistics are staggering; 25% of girls and 16% of boys will become victims before reaching adulthood. And up until recently, child sex abuse victims in Louisiana were barred from seeking justice if they waited too long to come forward.

In June 2021, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a new bill into law that now allows sex abuse victims to come forward at any age. The legislation also created a three-year “lookback window” for victims who were abused as children to file against their attackers, regardless of when the abuse occurred. This window closes on June 14, 2024, giving much-needed time for those unable to file previously to seek the justice they have long been denied.

Herman Herman Katz understands that you may feel extremely vulnerable speaking out about the childhood sexual abuse that you may have kept locked away inside for decades. Our attorneys will make sure you feel completely at ease with us before moving forward with your claim.

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes & Healthcare Facilities

Loved ones confined to hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare settings are already at their most vulnerable, and sexual predators use this to their advantage. Residents are often plagued with dementia and, of course, far too frail to defend themselves, making them easy targets inside a place their families have trusted to care for them. 

Nursing home abuse is nearly impossible to accurately record – but according to the Administration for Community Living, more than 16,000 sex abuse complaints have been lodged over the past 20 years in long-term care facilities. Healthcare workers are also at risk. A 2018 series of reports discovered that 10 percent of all physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners had been sexually violated or harassed just within the previous three years.

Youth Organizations & Sports Sex Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has long been hailed as an organization for instilling core values and skills in young men, but decades of sexual abuse by scout leaders have recently come to light. Many scouts who were abused as children have now come forward as adults to tell their stories and accuse the BSA of covering up the abuse. More than 80,000 survivors are pursuing billions of dollars in damages, and the Boy Scouts filed for bankruptcy protection in 2020 to slow down the constant flow of litigation against them. 

Student-athletes all over the country are also coming forward with reports of sex abuse by trusted coaches and team doctors. One example is the highly-publicized trial of former USA Women’s Gymnastics doctor and Michigan State University sports medicine doctor Larry Nasser, who is now serving multiple lifetime prison sentences for his sexual violations of more than 150 young women. 

These are just a couple of well-known scandals involving sexual abuse in sports and youth organizations in the U.S. Lawsuits of this kind have demonstrated how common it is for predators to take advantage of their position and authority over children and young adults who trust them. 

Workplace Sexual Harassment

Sex abuse in the workplace, classroom and other authority-subordinate settings has long been a common issue worldwide. Sexual harassment is defined as unwanted sexual comments, touching or requests for sexual favors. It is perpetrated by those in power over another, such as a teacher to a student or boss to an employee. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for employers to retaliate against staff who file formal complaints. However, many still find ways to force employees out of the company before supervisors can be held responsible. If you were the victim of workplace sexual abuse, contact our firm to discuss your options.

Why File a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

Wooden judge gavel, close-up viewWhile money can’t take away what happened, a civil sexual abuse lawsuit can provide victims with compensation for the widespread effects of the trauma they’ve suffered. It also holds those who committed sexual abuse responsible – and if applicable, the organization that did nothing to stop it.

When you’re ready, give us a call at 844-943-7626 or schedule a free consultation online. Everything you share with our attorneys will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

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Sex Abuse FAQs

How Much Is a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Worth?2023-05-23T18:47:01+00:00

Every sexual abuse case is different. There are many aspects that affect the level of damages, ranging from medical expenses to pain and suffering. Some are easy to determine, such as medical expenses like counseling and physical therapy when physical harm occurred. But damages like future lost wages or lost opportunity for advancement usually require experts to calculate. Other less tangible damages, including pain and suffering, are unique to the given facts and circumstances of your case. After we take your sexual abuse lawsuit, we’ll hire the necessary experts to calculate your damages and discuss with you how much your case is worth.

How Long Do I Have to File a Sex Abuse Civil Lawsuit?2023-05-23T18:47:34+00:00

The Louisiana sex abuse lookback window law that was passed in 2021 created a three-year window to allow any victim of any age to sue over their sexual abuse. The “lookback window” deadline is June 14, 2024.

Can I Sue an Organization for Sexual Abuse?2023-05-23T18:48:10+00:00

In many cases, yes. For example, organizations that hide or cover up sexual abuse, fail to investigate claims, or manipulate or coerce victims can be held accountable for their actions or inaction. Such is the case with the widespread sexual abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America.

Do I Need to Report Sexual Abuse to the Police in Order to File a Civil Lawsuit?2023-05-23T18:48:50+00:00

No. A civil lawsuit can be filed regardless of whether you choose to file a police report against a perpetrator of sexual abuse.

What Damages Can I Get through a Sexual Abuse Claim?2023-05-23T18:49:24+00:00

When determining compensation in a sexual abuse claim, there are many considerations. These include physical and emotional pain and suffering, lost income and earning capacity, decreased quality and enjoyment of life, medical bills, and other factors.

Should I File a Sex Abuse Lawsuit?2023-05-23T18:49:56+00:00

Filing a civil lawsuit can’t take away the trauma of abuse, but it can help survivors of sexual abuse to secure compensation for medical or therapy bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more. A lawsuit can help survivors to recover damages for their mistreatment, punishes the abuser, and holds any institutions accountable for failing to stop the abusers.


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