Bailey Glasser Files Lawsuit Against the State of Illinois on Behalf of Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse


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May 7, 2024, Washington, D.C.:  Bailey & Glasser, LLP and co-counsel have filed a complaint on behalf of 95 survivors of sexual abuse against the State of Illinois, alleging that the Illinois Department of Corrections and Department of Juvenile Justice failed to protect children from rampant sexual abuse perpetrated by adult employees at Illinois Youth Centers in Chicago, Murphysboro, Valley View, Joliet, Kewanee, Warrenville, St. Charles, Pere Marquette, and Harrisburg.  As alleged in the complaint that was filed on May 6, 2024, between 1996 and 2017, hundreds of youths were victimized in Illinois Youth Centers.

Bailey Glasser is on the forefront of lawsuits seeking justice on behalf of childhood sexual abuse survivors and has brought hundreds of similar lawsuits in the State of Maryland on behalf of survivors of abuse in its juvenile hall detention facilities. 

Partner D. Todd Mathews, lead counsel on the Bailey Glasser litigation team, stated: “The abuse suffered by our clients, then minors entrusted to the care of the State of Illinois, created great suffering and has reverberated across their lives. We salute their strength and we’re honored to fight for these survivors in court.”

As alleged in the complaint, the Illinois juvenile detention centers systemically failed to protect youth inmates from violence and sexual abuse perpetrated by staff, and several had the highest rates of sexual victimization in the nation according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The record shows that the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and related entities that operated these youth facilities allowed staff to abuse these minors for decades. The 95 survivors in the case filed yesterday includes plaintiffs sexually abused when they were  children ranging from age 12 to 17. The perpetrators of the sexual abuse were correctional officers, counselors, supervisors and other Illinois Youth Center staff.

The lawsuit filed by Bailey Glasser, along with co-counsel Levy Konigsberg and DiCello Levitt, was brought under the recently amended Childhood Sexual Abuse Act as codified at 735 ILCS 5/13-202.2. This statute allows survivors to pursue damages from their abusers and from the institutions that enabled the abuse by increasing the time in which survivors of sexual abuse are permitted to come forward and file civil lawsuits.

The Bailey Glasser litigation team includes D. Todd Mathews; founding partner Brian A. Glasser; partner and Mass Tort Practice Group Leader David Selby; and lawyer Samira Bode. 

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