Abuse FAQs
I'm often asked what the difference is between a civil and a criminal lawsuit. In a criminal lawsuit, you have state authorities, public authorities that are bringing a legal action against the perpetrator with the view to punishing the perpetrator, putting that perpetrator potentially in jail or under some other government supervised probation to protect the public and other children. In a civil lawsuit, that is a proceeding where by the victim is trying to obtain some sort of monetary compensation for the harm that's been done to them and to try to make them whole in some way for the suffering they've incurred since they were a child. That's the only way we can sort of recover what's been taken away from us is through some kind of monetary compensation and that's what the difference is. A civil case is for monetary compensation. It's brought by a private party, private lawyers and a criminal proceeding is a proceeding brought by the state public authorities to prosecute the wrong doer and put them away.
  • We were just told by our child's school that our child was sexually abused by another child +

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  • We have noticed that our child has been acting very strange lately. +

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  • I was sexually abused and having been living with shame ever since. +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I was sexually abused when I was a Read More
  • Our son was sexually abused in the Yeshiva +

  • I teach and have learned that another teacher has sexually abused one of the students +

  • I am an Orthodox Jew and I was sexually abused as a child. +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I am an Orthodox Jew and I was Read More
  • Our child was sexually abused by an Elder of our Kingdom Hall +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I am a Jehovah's Witness. Our child was Read More
  • We have been told that we should not talk to anyone other than our church about sexual abuse. +

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  • Is it to late to do something? +

    I was abused when I was a child, now that I am older the memories are been really affecting me Read More
  • I believe my child was recently abused at school, what do i do? +

    Atrorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm Answers the question. I believe my child was recently abused at Read More
  • Do I have to go to court? +

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  • I was sexually abused as a child +

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  • I was sexually abused as a child +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I was sexually abused as a child. If Read More
  • I was abused as a child by an Elder of our local church +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I am Mormon and was abused as a Read More
  • Our daughter received very sexual text messages from an assistant choir director +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. Our daughter received very sexual text messages from Read More
  • I was in the United States as a foreign exchange and I was abused +

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  • I was abused by a teacher in high school +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. When I was in high school I had Read More
  • My band instructor sexually abused me +

    Attorney Irwin Zalkin of the of Zalkin Law Firm answers the question. I was in band during high school. My Read More
  • When I was a kid I was sexually abused by my scoutmaster +

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  • I was abused when I was an altar boy +

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  • Protecting of your privacy in a Rape or Abuse Case +

    If you are interested in pursuing legal action as a result of childhood sexual abuse, but you have concerns about Read More
  • I was abused by a family member +

    Most circumstances in childhood sexual abuse involve what we call acquaintance abuse. The victim knows their abuser and in a Read More
  • I was Molested years ago what do? +

    If you were molested years ago and you want to pursue criminal proceeding or criminal charges against that perpetrator, you Read More
  • If I tell my story of what happened as child abuse I suffered, does the lawyer have to report it? +

    I'm often asked the question "If I tell my story of what happened as child abuse I suffered, does the Read More
  • I was abused, but I love my church +

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  • I was abused as a child, but I feel like I am the only one. +

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  • I was abused as a child, I want to get help, where do I start? +

  • I was abused as a child I want to get help, where do I start? +

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  • What the difference is between a civil and a criminal lawsuit. +

    I'm often asked what the difference is between a civil and a criminal lawsuit. In a criminal lawsuit, you have Read More
  • What is Child Sexual Abuse +

    Sexual abuse has been defined under federal law. It has been defined under state law. Basically, if you have circumstance Read More
  • If you have an inclination to possibly pursue a lawsuit associated with the abuse of a child +

    The reason you may want to talk to an attorney, if you have an inclination to possibly pursue a lawsuit Read More
  • Statutes of limitations for sexual abuse cases +

    Almost every state now, recognizes that there is a long delay in coming to terms with childhood sexual abuse. That Read More
  • What is a mandatory report? +

    What is a mandatory report? Since the 1960's, every state has adopted laws that requires certain individuals that have relationships Read More
  • Suspicion that someone you love was abused as a child +

    If you have some concern or suspicion that someone you love or someone that you are close to was abused Read More
  • The best place to start if you feel your child has been abused +

    If you don't know where to go, the best place to start is usually any children's hospital. Most children's hospitals Read More
  • If you have any information that a group is covering up child sexual abuse +

    Well if you have any information that an institution that you are either employed by or a volunteer with, is Read More
  • If you have a reasonable suspicion that a child is being sexually abused +

    If you have a reasonable suspicion that a child is being sexually abused, report that abuse to law enforcement. Virtually, Read More
  • Struggling with my own memories +

    With all the news about the sexual abuse of children i have been Struggling with my own memories what do Read More
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