In the world of trial lawyers that represent sexual abuse victims, attorney Jeff Herman sits at the very top. Based in the United States, Jeff Herman has helped victims of rape and child abuse bring their abusers to justice, whether it be criminally or civilly. Herman’s resume in fighting legal battles with sexual abusers is almost legendary. He was one of the main attorneys that punished and exposed two powerful Archdioceses based out of the cities of Miami and Denver. Beyond that astonishing achievement, Jeff Herman is also known worldwide for securing the highest sexual abuse settlement against a church official, which was the $100 million judgment against Rev. Neil Doherty.
As might be expected, Mr. Herman’s law firm, named Herman Law, has its finger on the pulse of national and international legal developments in sexual abuse law. The law firm has recently been closely following the progress of the Child Victims Act (S.809) as it makes its way through a GOP run Senate. The act has been brought into the US national spotlight with the help of actor Corey Feldman and professional volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard, both of whom suffered from horrible sexual abuse in the past. Feldman and Powers-Barnhard are not alone in ensuring that the Child Victims Act passes into law, assisting them are the powerful New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators group.
If you have not heard any details regarding the Child Victims Act, it is an act that aims to take away all criminal and civil statutes of limitations from rape and sexual abuse charges. US national law currently mandates that victims of sexual abuse file legal complaints with a court within 5 years of the crime taking place. Civil law, generally the arena in which sexual abuse victims monetarily seek justice for crimes committed against them, has an even shorter statute of limitations window, where victims are required to file a case against a sexual predator within 1-3 years of the crime taking place. If the Child Victims Act does indeed pass into law, then one interesting caveat is that it will have a retroactive component, where any sexual abuse victim can criminally or civilly file a case against an abuser stretching back 50 years from the date of the act passing into law.
With the recent landslide of sexual abuse allegations against many rich and powerful celebrities and noteworthy people, it is thought that the GOP Senate will pass the act in order to secure voters who are increasingly disturbed and angered by what appears to be somewhat soft laws in place to prosecute sexual predators across the nation.