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Victims of child abuse, which include sexual and/or physical abuse, have legal rights under Kentucky civil law to seek monetary compensation for their suffering and injuries. Not only can the victims and/or the parents of the victims pres criminal charges for the abuse to the child, but they can also file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator and others who bear responsibility for what has happened. Those who can be held civilly liable in addition to the actual abuser are the businesses where the abuse took place, such as a daycare or other entity where the child has been left in the care or protection of. These types of civil claims involve allegations of negligent hiring, negligent training, and/or negligent supervision, on the part of the daycare or business.

Often times, the businesses and employers are the best avenue of monetary recovery due to they carry insurance policies that will afford monetary coverage for these types of matters.

The Ackerson Law Offices ( has handled numerous cases daycare injury and abuse cases where suit has been filed on behalf of the child to recovery monetary compensation for what has happened and to afford the child money to pay for future costs involved with recovery, which often includes counseling.

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An eastern Kentucky pastor, Jeremy Dewayne Caraway has been charged with sexually abusing a child. Caraway, age 36, was book into the Harlan County, Kentucky Detention Center and charged with two counts of second degree rape, sexual abuse, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor. The girl that Caraway is charged with raping in under the age of 14 and was a member of the Loyall Church of God. Caraway is a pastor in that church.

The rape victim and her family may be able to pursue civil damages against the church, in addition to civil damages against Caraway. The legal claims would seek to recover emotional distress, pain & suffering, and medical & therapy bills for the minor child. This case would also be considered an assault and battery case. In cases where young children suffer sexual assaults, they have a need for a tremendous amount of therapy to overcome the emotional trauma of what has happened to them. The emotional scars can last a lifetime and have negative effects upon employment and relationships.
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1191196_students__3.jpgIn Owensboro, Kentucky, a former youth minister has pled guilty to four counts of sex abuse and will receive three years in prison. The charges stemmed from a sleepover at a church which the man was accused of inappropriately touching a 15 year old girl. Those allegations lead to two other girls coming forward with similar charges.

It is always a tragedy when an adult in a position of authority and influence over a child takes advantage of the situation and make the child a victim. Sexual abuse is something that injures a child for the rest of their lives. It affects them socially, their ability to complete tasks and hold down stead employment, and hinders their ability to maintain trusting relationships. Person who sexual assault children deserve to be locked up and have the keys thrown away. They prey upon the most innocent, who look to them for guidance and protection.

Parents of child abuse victims can seek recourse not only through the criminal justice system, but also through the civil justice system. In cases which involve churches, schools, daycares, or other businesses which have a responsibility to protect kids at their business or under their care, parents can sue the businesses or institutions under a legal theory of negligent hiring retention, and supervision. These type of lawsuits against the businesses force the businesses to take responsibility for their employees, their actions and/or failure to take actions to protect children. Such lawsuits allow for the business to be punished, force the business to take proper steps to ensure such does not happen again under their watch, and obtains money for the victims to compensate them for what happened to them and affords money for their future care and therapy.

The Ackerson Law Offices have handles suits involving schools, daycares, and private swim clubs, where children have been sexually assaulted by adults, including persons in authority position.
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