How do I sue an abusive step-parent?
October 15, 2009 3:43 PM Subscribe
How does an adult find a lawyer to sue an abusive step-parent more than a decade after the fact?
posted by anonymous to law & government (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I want to sue a step-parent for damages. They've ruined my life and made it a living hell of dysfunction.
I suffered over 10 years of extreme physical and emotional abuse as a child and it has wrecked me, my self confidence, my ability to function. We're not talking about a "I never got my pony" scenario. We're talking about severe physical violence from a grown adult to a child along with very severe psychological/emotional abuse.
I'm not at all interested in hearing anything about "letting bygones be bygones", or "forgive and forget". I've tried that. I'm tired of blaming myself for being broken and damaged like it was somehow my fault I had the shit kicked out of me on a daily basis.
The goals of the lawsuit are,
1. I want punitive, monetary damages to pay for therapy and treatment so I can have what's left of my life as functional as I can manage.
2. I want to help set a legal precedent that abuse isn't tolerated and parents are indeed legally and fiscally responsible for the crimes they committed under the umbrella of "parenting".
3. I want this step-parent to realize that what they did was not ok and that after many attempts at communication and reconciliation they've willfully denied their responsibility and haven't even attempted to offer an apology.
How do I find a lawyer? How do I find a pro-bono lawyer that will consider my case?