Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos (ASWT) represents countless individuals who are survivors of institutional sexual abuse, including sexual abuse involving the Los Angeles Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Founded in 1904 with the purpose of matching kids (also known as “Littles”) with adult volunteers (which they call “Bigs”), Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was designed as a mentoring program with a truly altruistic purpose. However, institutional failures and the presence of many predators allowed thousands of young people to be sexually victimized through no fault of their own.
While the organization has had a positive impact, there are so many who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of sexual predators who used this mentoring program to take advantage of emotionally and physically vulnerable children.
Any mentoring program has the capacity for sexual abuse because it creates a power dynamic where the mentor is respected and looked up to, while the mentee is supposed to listen and learn. Unless there are proper protections for mentees, a predator can easily manipulate a younger person. This is not a new problem. In fact, the program’s Board of Directors was on notice as early as the 1980’s that there was a serious problem with how Bigs were sexually abusing Littles. Despite this knowledge, the organization turned a blind eye and failed to appropriately respond. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Program did little to strengthen its policies to prevent such incidents and failed to report abusers to authorities or change their internal procedures to create more protections for Littles.
ASWT has a long history of fighting on behalf of those who have been sexually abused, including through the use of manipulation, coercion, force, and other means. Our attorneys have spent decades representing individuals fighting for justice for themselves or on behalf of family members who were manipulated, groomed, abused, assaulted, harassed, and taken advantage of by those they should have been able to trust.
The firm’s attorneys handling Los Angeles Big Brothers Big Sisters Sexual Abuse cases are determined to create a safe space where every survivor can tell his or her story, get the help they need, and seek justice against the people and organizations that stole so much from them. The firm’s practice combating sexual abuse has helped thousands of men, women, and children get the representation they needed in order to reclaim their power and build the futures they deserve.
The firm’s work in this area includes:
Throughout the course of this work, the firm put the survivors and their families first, by listening to their stories, hearing the hardships they faced, and helping them get any assistance they needed. For many who are forced to endure any type of sexual misconduct, especially by a trusted authority figure, there can be serious challenges with mental and emotional health. Often, these experiences can lead to a lifetime of challenges, and while some fail to understand the root of these issues, our attorneys are compassionate toward those whose lives were destroyed through no fault of their own.
The organization was started in the early 1900s, but there were little to no screening procedures to look into the backgrounds of volunteers. This led to countless incidents of sexual molestation, rape, and other types of abuse.
Big Brothers Big Sisters had school mentoring programs that gave predators access to a vulnerable population with little to no adult supervision. Children who were struggling at school were put in contact with adults who simply wanted to use them for their own perverted purposes, leaving kids who were already in a challenging situation to face unspeakable harm.
When our legal team investigates sexual abuse claims, we look at every factor possible. The age of the survivor when the abuse occurred, the age of the predator, the location of the incident(s) of abuse, the duration of the abuse, and much more.
In these types of cases, our attorneys will also examine issues of liability. Youth mentoring programs of all kinds are supposed to protect children from sexual abuse and may be held legally liable in any number of ways, including failure in:
Our attorneys will examine issues of causation as well as the resulting harm (or damages) which include physical, mental, and/or emotional injuries.
Any lawsuit against Big Brothers Big Sisters will have to take these and other factors into consideration, including the statute of limitations. ASTW takes careful steps to ensure that our clients have the best opportunity to obtain satisfactory results when pursuing legal action. While no law firm can guarantee an outcome, our firm possesses a strong track record of getting results and bringing as much closure as possible.
If you or your child was a victim of Big Brother Big Sister sexual abuse, the attorneys and staff at ASWT are available to help with the recovery process. Please contact us and speak to one of our youth program sexual abuse attorneys in Los Angeles, CA.