Kennedy Kennedy & Ives represents survivors of sexual violence who’ve be assaulted at border crossings, in prisons, public schools, group homes, residential treatment centers, subsidized housing, and other institutions that receive public funding. Regardless of the location, our clients share a common denominator: their power was taken away by someone in a position of authority, someone who was entrusted with the responsibility of keeping them safe.
Our job is to ensure that our clients regain their sense of power.
We understand that coming forward to tell their stories, and the fear of not being believed, is almost paralyzing for many victims of sexual assault. Our clients have taught us about their fear of public places, friends, family, spouses; and some have become terrified and ashamed of their own bodies.
We work diligently to ensure that our clients are empowered throughout the legal process.
We consult with our clients at every decision point: how their story is told, the extent of media coverage, if their names will be withheld from the public; and most importantly, we work with our clients to help them understand that this assault is not their shame to carry. The shame belongs to the perpetrators and the institutions who failed to provide protection.
We also believe that victims of sexual assault, and in particular children, must understand that this crime does not define them or shape their sexuality for the rest of their lives. Victims who understand this, who are listened to, who receive legal representation, are empowered and are survivors.
As with all our cases, Kennedy Kennedy & Ives is committed to pursuing systemic reform that will prevent others from suffering these same betrayals. In sexual violence cases we’ve fought for mandatory predator-awareness training for school principals, policies for more thorough background checks, and more stringent hiring standards. In the prison system, we continuously fighting for adherence to the federally mandated Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
To learn more about Kennedy Kennedy & Ives’ sexual violence cases, please go to our blog:The Second Wave