April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The federal government passed legislation in 1974, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, to protect children from child abuse. In addition to fighting for justice for survivors of sexual predation in courthouses throughout the United States, Attorney Jeff Herman works tirelessly to increase awareness about sexual assault, which is the focus of his law practice, Herman Law. As founder of Herman Law, Jeff has spent the past 25 years prosecuting more than 1,000 cases of sexual abuse and assault, giving a voice to victims and shining a light on the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma experienced by survivors. Advocacy and awareness including support for legislation to combat abuse are the cornerstones of the practice of Herman Law.
Child sexual abuse laws vary from state-to-state but Jeff and his team of compassionate attorneys, liaise with attorneys throughout the United States, successfully litigating cases in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. A bill that the Democrats in the State legislature of New York are trying to get on the legislative calendar for this year is the Child Victims Act (S.809). Introduced by Brad Hoylman, a Democrat representing Manhattan, the bill seeks to eliminate the statute of limitation for child sexual abuse cases and to increase from one year to 50 years the amount of time allowed for a survivor to bring charges.
Not only does Jeff Herman support legislation to make it less complicated to try to convict sexual predators, Jeff as an advocate for survivors and he devotes a lot of time to make the public aware of the devastation of a sexually abused child.
To bring the issue of sexual abuse out the darkness and to expose sexual predators and the institutions that hide them, Jeff Herman has been a guest on several TV shows as well as radio and print media. Topics Jeff covers are how to protect children and how families can help survivors to heal following abuse.