Camp Clinton B. Afflerbaugh Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Lawyer
Camp Clinton B. Afflerbaugh is a juvenile detention facility for 13 to 17 year old males that have been convicted of serious crimes, such as drug abuse and gang violence. The youth detention center, which opened in 1961, is located at 6631 N. Stephens Ranch Rd. La Verne CA 91750. The majority of inmates stay for about 6 months, though it depends on the sentence handed down by the court.
Camp Clinton prides itself on encouraging and uplifting these boys, as many of them have highly troubled backgrounds where they were abused and neglected. To that end, it’s assumed that children at such places are treated with respect and compassion. In truth, many of these boys are subjected to child abuse, such as beatings, emotional abuse, and sexual assault. Sexual abuse has been a particularly serious problem at juvenile halls throughout California. Towards the end of 2022, almost 300 former juveniles filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County for sexual abuse the endured while staying at an LA County youth detention center. The lawsuit includes allegations of grooming, sexual harassment, rape, and sodomy by Los Angeles County Probation officers.
More victims are starting to come forward, and there’s no denying that countless lives were impacted by not only the abusers, but the system that protected and enabled them. If you are a former inmate at Camp Afflerbaugh who was sexually abused during your stay, you may be entitled to monetary compensation from a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawsuit. However, it’s essential to discuss your rights and legal options with a lawyer that’s experienced in sex abuse claims against public institutions. Our lawyers are available to assist you, so please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.
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Who can I Sue if I was Sexually Abused at a Juvenile Hall?
A civil lawsuit is meant to provide compensation to victims who have been injured by another party’s negligence, whether they are the actual perpetrator or a third party that contributed to the victims’ injuries. In the case of a sexual assault at a juvenile facility, the abuser is usually an employee of the Los Angeles County Probation Department (corrections officers, counselors, wardens, prison chaplains, etc.). That’s one party you can sue, but what about the system that failed to take action against these predators?
That’s the bigger issue we need to examine when it comes to cases of institutional abuse. We often find that many inmates report the abuse to a counselor, the facility director, or someone else that’s supposed to be looking out for them. Instead of taking swift action against the attacker, many of these places conceal evidence of sexual assault and allow the employee to stay at the facility. Or, they may transfer the employee to another youth detention center, which means that they are free to take advantage of more victims at a new facility.
The County must be held accountable in these situations, and we are more than prepared to help you if you are eligible for a child sexual abuse claim. Possible damages from a lawsuit against Los Angeles County include:
Pain and suffering
Loss of wages / income opportunities
Loss of consortium
For a free consultation with a Camp Clinton B. Afflerbaugh sexual assault lawsuit lawyer, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Case Value of a Juvenile Hall Sexual Assault Lawsuit
It’s hard to imagine the full scope of what these incidents do to a child, and we can certainly agree that no amount of money will make up for everything they’ve gone through. However, a victim deserves restitution in some form or another, which is why these lawsuits are filed. As for the value of a juvenile hall sex abuse case, we would say that settlements are usually around $500,000 to $1.5 million and above. But we have also had cases that resulted in settlements of $3 million and above, so ultimately, the value of your case depends on your own circumstances.
Estimated Time to Settle a Child Sexual Abuse Claim
These cases are much more complicated than the average personal injury claim, due to the fact that you are suing a government entity. There are additional steps that are involved with these cases, and as a result, one or two years is not an unreasonable time frame to settle a juvenile hall sexual abuse lawsuit. In most cases, we are able to reach an agreement with the defendant, so it’s unlikely that your case will go to trial. But if a court hearing is the best option, obtaining your award through a jury verdict can take up to several years.
Statute of Limitations – How Much Time Do I have to File a Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse incidents increased dramatically in 2020 with the passing of Assembly Bill 218. Now, adult survivors have up to 22 years after turning the age of majority (40 years old) to file a lawsuit against the liable entities. The law also allows victims 5 years to file a lawsuit from the date of discovering a psychological or physical injury caused by sexual abuse during childhood. Your time limit for a lawsuit is based on whichever date comes later, which allows victims as much time as possible to seek justice through the legal system.
Don’t stress if you’re confused about what any of this means. We are available to guide you through the process and ensure that your claim is filed before time runs out. However, you must take the first step of contacting our office and scheduling a time to meet with one of our attorneys.
Free Second Opinion
I filed a lawsuit already, but I’m not happy with my law firm. Is it too late to switch lawyers?
This is a common problem among claimants who are in the middle of a sexual abuse lawsuit. Fortunately, finding new representation is something you can do at any point during your case. But you should be aware of how this process works and the implications it may have on your case in order to make an informed decision. That’s why we are happy to offer you a free second opinion, where you can have your case evaluated by one of our attorneys. This is a free consultation, even if you decide to stay with your current attorney. Just give us a call here at DTLA Law Group if you’re interested in a second opinion consultation.
Our Law Firm is Here for You
The incarceration of juveniles is a complex and sensitive topic, and there are no easy answers when it comes to how we should deal with children who are clearly on the wrong path. However, we can all agree that sexual abuse has no place in a juvenile facility, along with any other form of child abuse. Sadly, these incidents happen far too often at places like Camp Afflerbaugh, due to negligence, concealment, and misconduct by county employees.
If you or someone you know was subjected to sexual abuse at a Los Angeles County youth detention center, please take the chance of reaching out to us. DTLA Law Group has been fighting for the rights of sex abuse victims for over two decades. Our cases include lawsuits against public entities, including juvenile halls, foster care group homes, and public school systems.
As someone that was victimized by the system that was supposed to protect you, you should not have to worry about the cost of hiring a lawyer. At our law firm, all clients are protected by the Zero Fee Guarantee, which means you will receive free legal services from day one. No matter what happens, there is no out of pocket cost to you, as we only get paid by winning your case.
Our office is ready to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us right away if you need legal advice from a lawyer with experience in juvenile hall sexual assault cases.
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