Teacher Sexual Abuse
Fighting for Victims of Sexual Abuse in Rhode Island and Connecticut
Our efforts on behalf of sexual abuse victims grew out Mr. Conlon's
early work representing children. As an Assistant Public Defender in 1982,
he represented children who were alleged to be wayward or delinquent in
the Family Court. He found that many of his clients were victims of abuse.
These children often had profound treatment needs, and were uncooperative
with what little treatment was available. Frequently, they were in a downward
spiral of acting out, which the system responded to with increasingly
punitive measures, and narrowing treatment options.
What is truly disturbing is that children are sometimes abused in the system.
Group homes and residential facilities, often short-staffed and under
budgetary pressure, occasionally fail to provide appropriate supervision.
Although these breakdowns may be statistically rare, they bring horrific
damage on already damaged children.
Helping Abused Victims Seek Treatment & Compensation
When representing victims of abuse, Mr. Conlon found that he would accomplish
little simply defending them on their latest in what could be a never-ending
series of disruptive offenses. The conduct is criminal, but the crime
is not the problem. Instead, he found much more is accomplished by focusing
on "the best interests of the child" and getting treatment that
would help. The Family Court is there for just that purpose.
In cases where a child was abused in institutional care, going after the
care provider is important.
When he entered private practice in 1987, Mr. Conlon was asked by a partner
to represent three students that were sexually abused by a teacher.
In addition to taking legal action against individual priests who have
sexually abused children, we also file lawsuits against institutions.
We have successfully tackled institutions such as:
- Group homes
- Institutions that employ the abusers.
In order to obtain compensation for child abuse victims, attorney Conlon
has successfully brought suit against many powerful and well-funded corporations
and institutions. Mr. Conlon's child sexual abuse advocacy earned
him honors from the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association for
Case of the Year.
Contact Our Lawyers If You or a Family Member Has Suffered Abuse
Timothy J. Conlon has a proven record of results representing victims of
child sex abuse in actions against their institutional abusers. Contact
us if we can be of service to you or a loved one.
Call our office (401) 216-4414 to get in touch with our attorneys.