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Lawsuits Alleging Child Sexual and Physical Abuse Have Been Filed Against VisionQuest

Troubled TeenOnce again, charges surface about VisionQuest’s ignorance of staff members physically and sexually abusing minors. The goal of VisionQuest’s several residential programs is to prepare youth who are adjudicated delinquent or dependent for successful reentry into society. But lately, ex-VisionQuest residents have begun filing child abuse lawsuits against the corporation, alleging they were subjected to horrendous abuses while in the company’s care.

You may have a case against VisionQuest if a member of staff physically or sexually abused you or your kid while residing at one of their facilities. Many sources suggest that VisionQuest ignored reports of widespread child abuse, betraying the confidence of parents, children, and state governments. Contact a sexual abuse lawyer who specializes in representing victims of child abuse for advice on pursuing a lawsuit against VisionQuest. Complete our online form or give us a call at 866-778-5500 to schedule a free consultation.

What Is VisionQuest?

VisionQuest offers residential treatment and mentoring for troubled and dependent youth. A juvenile delinquent is a young person who participates in behavior that would be criminal if undertaken by an adult. Juveniles whose legal guardians cannot or will not provide for them may be placed in foster care via a dependency proceeding.

Foster care is only one of VisionQuest’s many services for kids who need a safe place to stay after being removed from their biological families. The company also provides unaccompanied children services, community-based services, and functional family therapy. Still, the vast majority of allegations leveled against VisionQuest concern the company’s treatment of children who were found to be delinquent and then put in the company’s care.

Where Are the Facilities for VisionQuest Located?

VisionQuest runs or has run residential treatment programs in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Maryland, Delaware, and Texas for youths who have been found to be delinquent. Residents in each of these states have accused staff at VisionQuest locations of engaging in pervasive patterns of abuse.

What is VisionQuest Being Accused Of?

Former residents of VisionQuest institutions numbering in the thousands have recently begun speaking out about the many abuses they suffered. Allegations include sexually abusing underage residents, physically restraining children, and the use of excessive force.

VisionQuest has a responsibility to its residents to guarantee their safety, since it is in the business of caring for children and preparing them for successful, independent adulthood. Any allegation of physical or sexual abuse that can be proven is a clear breach of this obligation, and victims may hold VisionQuest financially responsible for their damages.

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Can Victims of Child Abuse Receive Compensation from VisionQuest?

Anyone who suffered physical or sexual abuse at a VisionQuest facility may be able to file a child abuse injury claim against VisionQuest. Of course, each situation is unique, and numerous variables might affect how strong a victim’s case really is. VisionQuest abuse victims who want to know their legal options should talk to an attorney with experience in this area.

What Proof Does a VisionQuest Abuse Victim Need for Compensation?

All of the following must be shown by youth who were sexually or physically abused by VisionQuest employees:

  1. The youth resided at a VisionQuest facility;
  2. The sexual or physical abuse caused harm to the youth’s physical or emotional state.

How to Recognize Signs of Abuse at VisionQuest

Children who have been abused may first deny it out of fear or shame and may not talk about it until they are adults. There are many signs and symptoms that physical and sexual abuse have occurred. The following, however, are some of the most common ones seen among victims of physical or sexual abuse at the hands of VisionQuest:

  • Depression,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Broken bones,
  • Substance abuse disorder,
  • Anxiety,
  • Trust issues,
  • Sexually transmitted diseases,
  • Sexual promiscuity,
  • Anger-management issues,
  • Difficulty maintaining a job, and
  • Poor performance in school.

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Is It Too Late to Report VisionQuest for Mistreatment?

No Fee PromiseThe “statute of limitations” is the time restriction within which most lawsuits must be filed. The length of time a plaintiff has to bring a lawsuit varies from state to state, since each sets its own statute of limitations. Generally claims are typically required to be submitted within two to five years. However, in certain circumstances, states provide exceptions for claims that originated while the victim was a kid or include accusations of sexual assault. Therefore, a child abuse attorney may assist victims in evaluating whether they have a claim and how to go about pursuing one for compensation against VisionQuest.

Contact our sexual abuse lawyers at 866-778-5500 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. We are here to help and will gladly let you know what your legal options are.

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