There are very few lawyers within the United States that have done more for sexual abuse victims than Jeff Herman. Ranked as one of the top attorneys in his field, Jeff Herman has put together a case wins resume that is very hard to even fathom. At the top of his achievements list sits a legal victory against the Archdiocese of Denver and the Archdiocese of Miami, both of whom faced sexual abuse allegations. Another legal feather in Mr. Herman’s cap and likely his most noteworthy career victory is the $100 million dollar sexual abuse settlement that he brought against Rev. Neil Doherty. That massive settlement still to this day holds the record for the largest damages awarded against a church member who committed sexual abuse.
If you have ever visited Jeff Herman’s website, then you know that his firm, Herman Law, follows many of the nation’s leading sexual abuse legal issues. One such followed issue which has been widely discussed on social media platforms is the Child Victims Act. The act is currently pending a vote in the GOP ruled Senate. Brought to the forefront of public discourse by lifelong actor Corey Feldman and Olympic volleyball player Sarah Powers-Barnhard, the Child Victims Act has garnered tons of limelight recently. With Feldman, Powers-Barnhard, and the New Yorkers Against Hidden Predators group pushing the Act forward, sexual predators could see all statutes of limitations for sexual abuse crimes thrown completely out the window. If passed into law, the Child Victims Act will make sexual abuse crimes similar to murder, in which there are zero time restrictions to file a civil or criminal case in court. Currently, US national law requires that sexual abuse crimes be taken to court within 5 years, whereas civil cases involving sexual abuse must be filed within 1-3 years depending on a range of circumstances.
Another hugely powerful component to the Child Victims Act is a retroactive stipulation that allows all sexual abuse crimes committed over the last 50 years to be tried both civilly and criminally. This aspect of the act could mean that US courts will see an absolute landslide of new sexual abuse claims being filed, assuming the act does pass in the Senate. As of today, it is widely thought by Jeff Herman that the act will pass, as the American public has grown tired of soft sexual abuse laws responsible for keeping serial predators like Bill Cosby out of a jail cell.