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Clifton Tatum Center Staff Sex Abuse Lawyers – Can I File a Lawsuit for Juvenile Hall Sex Abuse?


Clifton Tatum Center Staff Sex Abuse Lawyers Can I File a Lawsuit for Juvenile Hall Sex Abuse

Were you a victim of sexual abuse while you were detained at the Clifton Tatum Center? If so, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. The Clifton Tatum Center was located in Ventura County at 380 Hillmont Avenue. Even though the juvenile detention facility has now closed, there are many people that are still dealing with the trauma associated with the sexual abuse that they suffered at the facility at the hands of staff. If you were abused by staff at the Clifton Tatum Center or at any other detention facility in Ventura County, it is important that you seek legal assistance as soon a possible as you may have the right to sue.

Unfortunately, sexual abuse at juvenile halls has always been common. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our team is fully committed to fighting for the rights of victims of juvenile hall sex abuse. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling sexual abuse claims and are more than ready to help you get justice. If you are ready to speak with our expert legal team, contact us today.

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Sexual Abuse by Staff at the Clifton Tatum Center in Ventura

These juvenile halls are often unsafe for detained youth. A lack of security, a lack of surveillance, a lack of supervision, and even poor hiring can all contribute to detained youth being at risk of abuse at these facilities. It is important to understand that staff at these facilities often take advantage of their positions and their access to vulnerable youth to abuse them. Staff often uses physical force or even mental and emotional manipulation to abuse youth. Some might be coerced into inappropriate sexual contact with the promise of time off their sentences, early-release, or other benefits.

Many times, youth are afraid to report the abuse because they are threatened with more abuse or because they do not know how to report or simply have nowhere to report the abuse (if the abuse occurs at the hands of a high-level staff member). Because of this, the abuse at this facilities is often ongoing and may occur over a span of months or even years. In the instances where the youth do make reports of abuse, reports are ignored or even covered up.

For as long as juvenile detention centers have been around, detained youth have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of staff members.

The Sexual Abuse that Detained Youth at Clifton Tatum Center Possible Suffered

Some of the abuse that victims could suffer at juvenile detention facilities could include the following:

  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Sodomy
  • Penetration with foreign objects
  • Oral sex (performing it on the victim or forcing the victim to perform it)
  • Forced kissing on the lips, mouth, or anywhere else on the body
  • Groping, fondling, and any unwanted touching
  • Showing the victim explicit images (both photos or videos)
  • Making inappropriate jokes or comments

Since minors can never consent to sexual contact, all sexual misconduct towards a minor is considered child sex abuse.

Detained Youth Can Suffer Extensive Harm

The youth that suffers sexual abuse at the hands of staff at juvenile halls is likely to suffer physical, mental, and emotional harm. Although every situation is different, some of the possible harm that victims could suffer could include the following:

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Unwanted pregnancy (and related complications)
  • Injuries to genitals
  • Injuries to reproductive organs (which could lead to infertility)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Fear
  • Increased risk of drug use and self-harm (including suicide)
Do I Have the Right to File a Lawsuit

Yes, you could have the right to sue for the sexual abuse that you suffered at Clifton Tatum Center. Your right to sue is based on the County’s duty to keep all detained youth safe at these detention facilities. Many times, these facilities fail to address the risks presented by their own staff. In fact, negligent hiring, negligent training, and negligent supervision of staff can all contribute to the sexual abuse that youth suffers. A lack of surveillance, a lack of security, a lack of enforcement of rules/policies, and more can all contribute to abuse in these facilities. If the abuse occurred because of the negligence of the entity – or the entity actively covered up the abuse – the county could be sued.

For more information about your right to file a lawsuit for the sexual abuse that you or a member of your family suffered, contact the experts here at our law firm today. Our juvenile hall sex abuse lawyers are ready to help you understand the legal options available to you.

What if I was Abused Decades Ago?

Many victims believe that they cannot sue if many years have passed since they were abused or if the facility where the abuse happened has already permanently closed. However, victims of child sexual abuse can still have the right to sue even decades after the abuse happened. The closure of the facility is irrelevant, as responsibility for the abuse falls onto the entity that operated the facility – or the County.

To understand whether victims still have the right to sue, we must discuss the statute of limitations. All claims are subject to a statute of limitations, which determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. When claimants do not file their claims on time, they can lose their right to sue entirely. Because of this, it is essential that claimants take action as soon as possible to ensure that their claims are filed on time.

So, how long do victims of child sex abuse have to sue?

Under California’s AB218, victims of child sex abuse have until the age of forty (twenty-two years after eighteen) to file their lawsuits. This law also establishes a five-year discovery rule, which gives claimants up to five years from the date of discovering the harm caused by the abuse to file claims. This discovery rule is essential especially when it comes to victims who suffered repressed memories due to the abuse.

For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your juvenile hall sexual abuse claim, contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.

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What Compensation is Available for Recovery?

The compensation that you could be eligible to recover could potentially include the following:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Treble damages
  • Wrongful death benefits
  • Legal expenses

Here at our law firm, our team is fully committed to getting our clients – the victims of child sex abuse – the highest recovery available for their claims. It does not matter whether our team has to negotiate for a settlement or take your claim to trial to reach a just verdict; our juvenile hall sexual abuse attorneys are more than ready to secure the maximum payout available for your claim.

What could I receive for my Clifton Tatum Center sex abuse lawsuit? The value of these claims is based on many factors, which can include the type of abuse suffered, the resulting injuries, whether any permanent harm occurred, etc. These claims can be worth up to $5 million (and sometimes even more). To learn more about the possible value of your claim, contact us today and schedule a free case evaluation.

Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today

Here at our law firm, our team believes in getting justice for the victims of child sex abuse at juvenile halls all throughout California. Youth serving time for juvenile offenses suffer far too often at these establishments. These counties, which are supposed to be ensuring that youth are safe while detained, often ignore reports of abuse and simply allow the abuse to continue. If you were sexually abused at Clifton Tatum Center when you were a minor, you could have the right to file a lawsuit. Let us fight for you!

We are committed to remaining as accessible as possible; therefore, we offer free legal services. These free legal services include free consultations and free second opinions. During these free legal services, our experts will be available to answer all your questions and address all of your concerns. You can trust that our team will provide you with all the information necessary for you to begin or continue your claim – yes, our team can help you even if you are looking to switch lawyers for a juvenile hall sex abuse case. To benefit from these free legal services, contact us today.

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