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Professional & Institutional Sex Abuse Law Library

Abuse by Doctors, Therapists and Other Professionals

With recent, high-profile sex abuse cases, such as the Penn State Sandusky scandal, more victims have stepped forward to name their abusers, which often includes professional people, such as doctors, psychologists, nurses, dentists, etc. Sexual abuse and assault can occur in medical offices, hospitals, institutions and other mental health facilities.

Under the laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, perpetrators of sex abuse as well as the institutions which protected them may be held liable. Victims of sex abuse by medical professionals and other professionals may be entitled to financial compensation under the civil tort laws of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The following articles, frequently asked questions, blogposts and news articles are for information only. Prior to making any decisions about your case, it is vital to contact an experienced sex abuse and assault lawyer.

Firm partner, Brian Kent, is a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who takes great pride in helping victims of sex abuse. Please call the firm for a free consultation. 800.220.7600


Professional & Institutional Sex Abuse Law Articles

  • Pennsylvania Doctor, Sohael Raschid, Sentenced for Sex Assault (June 2017) (June 12th, 2017) Pennsylvania doctor Sohael Raschid was sentenced to prison for sex assault of multiple women, including former patients. Get the latest info on the sentence and another criminal case that is still pending.
  • Sex Abuse by a Doctor or Therapist (May 12th, 2017) Reports of sex abuse or assault by a doctor or mental health therapist have risen over the last few years. Here, our crime victims lawyers look at sexual abuse of patients.
  • Chiropractors Charged with Sex Assault of Patients in New Jersey (December 07th, 2016) Two New Jersey chiropractors are facing charges of sexually assaulting patients during a chiropractic treatment. They were charged earlier this year. While the cases are pending, one chiropractor has had his license temporarily suspended and the other must have a chaperone present during treatment of all female patients.
  • New Jersey Doctors & Sex Assault of Patients – A Look at Recent Cases (October 19th, 2016) A look at recent cases of New Jersey doctors accused of sex assault of a patient. Does the NJ medical licensing board to enough to protect patients? A recent report shows that doctors are treated differently when it comes to discipline for sex assault of a patient.
  • Civil Damages for Financial Compensation in Massage Therapist Sex Assault Cases (August 11th, 2016) Can individuals who are sexually assaulted by a massage therapist obtain financial compensation? In this law article, civil sex abuse lawyer Brian Kent discusses legal rights and criminal and civil litigation in massage assault cases.
  • Massage Therapy Memberships – Sex Assault Cases in Massage Parlors/Spas (January 27th, 2016) Massage therapy memberships are very popular. What most clients don’t know is that these types of memberships can facilitate a culture of sex assault. Oftentimes, allegations of sexual misconduct by massage therapists are swept under the rug. Here, sex assault lawyer and victims advocate Brian Kent discusses these issues.
  • Mental Health Care Providers & Sexual Abuse Lawsuits in PA & NJ (October 21st, 2015) Many patients or residents of care facilities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey suffer sexual abuse or assault at the hands of an employee or fellow patient. Can facilities be held liable? The answer is yes.
  • Patients’ Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse by Doctors in New Jersey (December 24th, 2014) Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who now fights for the civil legal rights of sex abuse victims in New Jersey. “When we hired Brian Kent to handle our case, we quickly learned he would go the extra mile to help us reach a fair and equitable settlement.” Read more here. FREE CONSULTATIONS: 800.220.7600 | ...
  • NJ Supreme Court Upholds Assault Victim’s Rights Against Government (August 07th, 2014) Gormley v. Wood-El, New Jersey Supreme Court, June 30, 2014 Under both New Jersey state and federal law, victims of assaults may have legal rights to pursue the parties responsible for the assaults. This applies in a physical assault case as well as a sexual assault case. Parties which may be held responsible include both private and ...
  • Civil Sex Abuse & Assault Cases – Three Case Analyses (July 13th, 2014) Civil sexual abuse and sexual assault cases are increasingly common, due in large part to increased media attention about the problem. The national dialogue has shifted, which in turn has helped victims find the courage to come forward and seek justice. Related: Help Fight for Victims of Child Sex Abuse and Molestation Civil cases are often filed ...
  • Medical Provider (Hospital) Liability for Sexual Assaults (May 15th, 2014) Sexual abuse is a serious problem, one that pervades every profession. Sexual abusers can be found everywhere. The medical profession is certainly not exempt. There have been several recent reports of sex abuse or sex assault in a medical provider setting, i.e., by doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, etc. For instance, earlier this year, a Philadelphia ...
  • Sex Assault & Abuse in Pennsylvania Youth Institutions (April 14th, 2014) Criminal Liability for Sex Abuse of Youths Under Pennsylvania criminal law, employees of certain youth institutions may be convicted of a third degree felony for having sexual contact with inmates, detainees, patients or residents. Specifically, 18 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Section 3124.2(a) and (a.1), the institutional sexual assault criminal  law, applies to the following types of youth ...
  • Rights of Assault & Sexual Assault Victims in PA – A Brief Overview (March 02nd, 2014) Victims of physical assault and sexual assault, including child molestation and child sex abuse, may be able to seek justice in the civil courts by filing lawsuits against the wrongdoer, the criminal defendant. However, they may also be able to file suit against other parties whose negligent actions contributed to the assault. The classic example ...
  • Sex Abuse by Medical & Mental Health Professionals in Pennsylvania (February 18th, 2014) Doylestown, PA Psychiatrist Charged with Sexual Abuse of Young Patients A Doylestown, Pennsylvania psychiatrist has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing young female, patients; 2 minors and 1 young adult. His preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for mid March. This is a common tactic for defense attorneys who need time to investigate the case, the ...
  • Nursing Home Liability When a Resident Beats/Assaults Another Resident (November 01st, 2013) Nursing home abuse and assault issues are very common. In many situations, families blindly trust nursing homes to provide care for elderly family members. In some cases, that trust is misplaced, and the nursing home fails to provide adequate care, leading to an assault or abuse. The perpetrators can be employees of the nursing home ...
  • What to Know About Getting Justice in Sex Abuse & Assault Cases in PA (October 04th, 2013) Sex abuse and sex assaults certainly seem to be on the rise. Every day, there is a new report about a sexual assault. Just last month, a 17 year old Philadelphia girl was raped after a man jumped into her car while she was at a stop light. The perpetrator jumped into the girl’s car ...
  • Sex Abuse in Hospitals, Homes and Day Care Centers (April 06th, 2013) Sex abuse is an unfortunate reality, one that we must all be aware of. Sex abusers tend to select victims who are either physically or mentally unable to report the abuse, such as children, the elderly, and those with physically/developmental disabilities. Under the laws of both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, institutions which care for children, the ...
  • Resolving a Civil Sex Abuse Lawsuit (February 10th, 2013) Many victims of sex abuse who are contemplating filing a civil lawsuit want to know more about the process and how the case will be resolved. For many victims, filing a a civil sex abuse lawsuit is a big step on the road to justice. It is not an easy decision to make. Being informed ...
  • Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims in Pennsylvania (September 24th, 2012) The Pennsylvania civil justice system is designed to give victims of crime a voice, a chance to be heard and a chance to obtain justice for the terrible acts committed upon them by the abuser. In a criminal case, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania holds the defendant abuser accountable for violation of the criminal code. In ...
  • Liability for Physical and Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey (April 23rd, 2012) Nursing home abuse, both physical and sexual, is a major problem in the U.S. In 2001, the Special Investigations Division of the Committee on Government Reform issued a special report on the prevalence of abuse in nursing homes. According to the report, one out of every three nursing homes in the U.S. was cited for an ...

Professional & Institutional Sex Abuse Law FAQs

  • Is a nursing home liable when a resident assaults another resident? (November 01st, 2013) The harsh reality is that nursing home resident-on-resident beatings are quite common. In October 2013, a NY nursing home resident was allegedly beaten and killed by his roommate. In many cases, nursing homes can be held liable when a resident assaults another resident. Liability of a nursing home in resident-on-resident beatings depends on two critical factors: ...
  • How can I file a report against a doctor for sexual abuse? (January 30th, 2013) A: Many states require certain classes of persons to report a reasonably suspected case of child abuse, including sex abuse. Laws vary by state. For example, in Pennsylvania, doctors and other medical professionals as well as school administrators and teachers are required to report reasonable suspicions of child sex abuse. To find out if you are ...
  • Can a government run facility be held liable for sexual abuse? (November 02nd, 2012) A: In certain situations, a government agency can be held liable for sexual abuse committed by a state or federal agency employee. However, in order to maintain a case against a government agency, most state and federal laws require that the individual serve notice of the intention to file a lawsuit against the government agency. ...
  • Can a Pennsylvania hospital be held responsible for the sexual abuse of a patient? (June 04th, 2012) A: Yes, under Pennsylvania law, a hospital or similar institution, like a medical office or mental health provider, can be held liable for negligence which leads to sexual assault of a patient. In some instances a health care provider may be liable for sex abuse committed by a fellow patient or even an outside third ...

Professional & Institutional Sex Abuse Law Blogposts

  • Sex Abuse by Doctors and Medical Professionals – The Culture of Silence (January 30th, 2013) Abuse by doctors and medical professionals is alarming and does occur. In fact, last year a Delaware pediatrician was convicted of committing horrific acts of sexual abuse on his young patients, even infants. In a resulting civil case, a recent settlement was reached against a local hospital, a medical society and other doctors. They were ...
  • Sexual and Physical Abuse in Pennsylvania or New Jersey Institutions and Hospitals (June 05th, 2012) The elderly, children and mentally ill or challenged are common victims of institutional abuse, which is usually perpetrated by an employee. However, such abuse can also be perpetrated by other patients. Whether by an employee or a fellow patient, sexual and physical abuse occurs in all settings, such as: schools, hospitals, inpatient/outpatient centers, day care centers, half-way/recovery houses, psychiatric hospitals, juvenile detention ...

Professional & Institutional Sex Abuse Law Latest News

  • Teen at Philly Youth Residential Facility Dies, Wordsworth Residential Program Ceasing Operations (October 25th, 2016) A teen at a Philadelphia youth residential program died during struggle with employees on Oct. 13, 3016. Philadelphia’s Wordsworth residential program to cease operations after state inquiry by the Department of Human Services.
  • Doctors & Sexual Abuse or Assault of Patients – A Unique Problem in the Medical Profession (July 22nd, 2016) Doctors and medical professionals who sexually abuse or assault patients are often given special treatment by medical licensing boards, prosecutors and law enforcement. A national investigation reveals that doctors often receive a slap on the wrist after sexually abusing a patient. Those that get their licenses revoked can apply for and receive a license in ...
  • Recent Institutional Sexual Assault Case in PA – By a Philadelphia Sex Abuse Lawyer (December 03rd, 2015) A Pennsylvania mental health facility worker, Joseph Rhyanes, was recently sentenced to 9 to 23 months of county jail time after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of institutional sexual assault. The 44 year old worker was from Philadelphia and worked at a mental health facility in Whitemarsh, PA. He admitted that he had ...
  • South Carolina Massage Therapist Accused of Sex Assault at Massage Envy Franchising LLC Spa (November 04th, 2015) Massage therapist, Marcus Stevenson, is wanted in connection with allegations he sexually assaulted a client during a massage at Massage Envy in South Carolina. Sex assault lawyer and victims’ advocate, Brian Kent, urges any witnesses and potential victims to come forward with information about this recent case.
  • Crime Victim Injury Lawyer Brian Kent Calls for Victims of James Deiter to Step Forward (May 12th, 2015) *For immediate release, Philadelphia A Pennsylvania massage therapist has just been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a client during a massage. James Deiter, a 63 year old massage therapist, was employed at a Massage Envy Franchising LLC spa located in West Goshen, Chester County. West Goshen is roughly 40 miles outside of Philadelphia. According to ...
  • Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Reporting Law – Major Changes, Effective December 31, 2014 (January 12th, 2015) Recent changes to Pennsylvania’s mandatory reporting law have just gone into effect as of December 31, 2014. Among the changes: expanding the definition of mandatory reporters, increasing penalties for failing to report, and a repeat certification requirement. These changes come at a time when public discussion about child sex abuse has reached what seems like ...
  • Syed Jaffery, Egg Harbor, NJ Doctor Charged with Sexual Abuse of Patients (December 24th, 2014) Brian Kent, a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who now fights for the civil legal rights of sex abuse victims. “When we hired Brian Kent to handle our case, we quickly learned he would go the extra mile to help us reach a fair and equitable settlement.” Read more here. FREE CONSULTATIONS: 800.220.7600 | NJ OFFICES: Cherry ...
  • Help Fight for Victims of Child Sex Abuse and Molestation (May 20th, 2014) Last week, Senator Pat Toomey (R) of Pennsylvania introduced a bill which will help victims of child sex abuse and molestation who suffer from having images of the abuse shared, i.e., child pornography. Toomey announced the “Justice for Amy Act” in response to the recent United States Supreme Court ruling in Paroline v. United States, which ...
  • Fighting for Child Sex Abuse Victims’ Rights, National Crime Victim Bar Association Files Amici Curiae Brief (February 10th, 2014) Late last year, Laffey, Bucci & Kent partner, Brian Kent, co-authored a brief in a major case currently being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In Paroline v. U.S. and Amy Unknown, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether children depicted in pornographic images can seek restitution from people who view the images. A decision ...
  • Delaware Group Home Aide Charged with Sexual Abuse of Home Resident (September 20th, 2013) According to a press release by the Delaware Attorney General’s office, a Wilmington, Delaware man has been charged with sexually abusing a group home resident. According to the press release, the sexual abuse occurred at a group home in Newark, New Castle County, Delaware. The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit began investigating after a report ...
  • Doctor Accused of Sexual Abuse of Patients (February 19th, 2013) Last week, a Chicago area pediatrician turned himself in after being accused of sexual abuse and sexual battery. His alleged victims are mothers of his patients, who have accused the doctor of sexually abusing them during visits for their children. (Source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/02/17/frankfort-pediatrician-facing-10-counts-of-sex-abuse-five-counts-of-battery/) This particular case is troubling because the doctor had previously been subject to criminal ...
  • Physician’s Assistant Guilty of Child Sex Abuse (January 19th, 2013) Just after Thanksgiving last year, a physician’s assistant in California pled guilty to multiple child sex abuse charges. According to a press release by the San Diego FBI, Brandon Schroth was charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse (http://www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2012/former-navy-physicians-assistant-pleads-guilty-to-sexual-exploitation-and-sexual-abuse-of-minors-under-age-12, 11/29/12). Schroth was charged with violating the following federal laws: Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2251 (a) (c) ...

If you or a loved one was the victim of sex abuse in a professional or institutional setting in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York, contact our experienced lawyers for a free, confidential consultation at 800.220.7600.

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