WHAT IS SEXUAL ABUSE?
Sexual abuse/assault describes any type of sexual conduct inflicted on a child or adult by the use of threat, force, or when the victim is unable to understand the nature of the act or give knowing consent.
The Cheek Law Firm represents survivors of sexual abuse/assault in civil cases against the perpetrator and, often, the institution that is responsible for employing and/or supervising the perpetrator.
We work to empower survivors of sexual abuse/assault, to seek justice for them, and to create institutional change in organizations across the country to prevent future cases of sexual abuse/assault. The survivors of sexual abuse/assault are often hesitant to come forward due to feelings of shame, fear, and/or self-blame. Here at The Cheek Law Firm we understand these fears and concerns and offer compassionate legal counsel in a setting where the individual’s confidentiality is of the utmost importance throughout the entirety of the case.
The Cheek Law Firm handles a variety of sexual abuse/assault cases including but not limited to:
Some religious organizations have failed to prevent the sexual abuse of innocent children and minors by pastors, priests, and clerics by failing to have in place and/or follow policies and procedures to prevent, detect, and report sexual abuse or hiring and retaining personnel that are inappropriate for work with children. The Cheek Law Firm represents victims of sexual abuse by priests, including victims sexually abused by priests or clergy members of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and other jurisdictions.
Children can often fall victim to negligent caregivers or those who have the malicious intent of harming them. Child abuse by a caregiver can happen in any of the following places/setting:
- Public schools
- Private schools
- After-school programs
- Sporting activities
- Camp Programs
- Social clubs and organizations
Sexual harassment can occur anywhere and under any circumstance. It can create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment for employment, study, or social life. Sexual harassment can be any of the following:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Inappropriate comments, jokes, or innuendo
- Indecent touching or gesturing
- Requests for sexual favors
- Unwanted talks about sex
- Other verbal or physical coercion/bullying that is sexual in nature
Although sexual abuse/assault and harassment have been around for years, the #MeToo movement gained national traction in 2017 and brought light to the subject. Here at The Cheek Law Firm, we understand that these cases are extremely sensitive and should be handled by attorneys with experience.