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If you are a victim of 
Michael D. Bragg
we are in your corner, fighting for your rights.
TRUST ONE OF MASSACHUSETTS' MOST EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

YEARS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
LAW EXPERIENCE

20+

STAR RATING 
ON GOOGLE

5/5

SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES FILED AND COUNTING

250+

STAR RATING 
ON FACEBOOK

5/5

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Caring, compassionate, pays attention to every detail. Makes you feel as if you are his only client..."

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Ben showed great compassion and understanding throughout the proceedings of our case. He was sensitive to the issue of sexual abuse, and I never would've imagined the outcome we received thanks to his diligence and his passion for the rights of those not able to speak out for themselves. 

Ben took the time to explain things we didn't understand and told us the truth, even when it wasn't what we wanted to hear. He advised us in an honest and forthright way. He truly went above and beyond all our expectations and what most lawyers would do. He went the extra mile because he believed in the rights of others outweighing the hunger of greed. Ben is a lawyer whom I would recommend to friends, family and others. 

Anyone who wants that extra attention to feel that their case matters should choose Ben to represent them. I am eternally grateful to Ben for all he did for our son, the way he fought for him and us, and for the settlement he got for us. Ben listened to our pleas, and felt our pain, and fought against the injustice that was done.

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A million thanks for all you have done for me through this long process. The work you do helps people heal, thus changing their lives forever. Finally standing up for myself has given me my life back. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for helping me every step of the way!
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Nathaniel Foote
ATTORNEY

Our law firm focuses on the representation of child sexual abuse survivors and victims of violent crime in civil cases against institutions that enable such crimes. Our lawyers handle many high-profile cases against powerful institutions, including representing more than a dozen Jerry Sandusky victims against Penn State, and many survivors of Catholic clergy abuse against Catholic Dioceses. 

Our lawyers are known for obtaining one of the largest jury verdicts in the United States for a single child sexual abuse victim.

Benjamin Andreozzi
ATTORNEY

Ben has represented hundreds of sexual abuse victims in cases against large and powerful institutions. His groundbreaking cases have captured headlines across the country. His mission is to prevent child sexual abuse in the future by holding those responsible fully accountable for their actions and making sure that institutions change the way they operate.

In 2017, Nate secured an $88 million jury verdict on behalf of a child sexual abuse survivor along with Ben Andreozzi. This verdict is believed to be one of the largest ever jury verdicts in a single case. After graduating from the Penn State University Dickinson School of law, Nate immediately dedicated his practice to representing children and adults who have fallen victim to sexual abuse.

Veronica is an associate attorney at Andreozzi + Foote.  Veronica handles litigation on behalf of sexual abuse survivors against a variety of institutions, including Catholic dioceses, schools, bars, and many others.  She joined the firm after working for several years at another law firm handling a variety of personal injury, family law, and other matters.  She has also served as a guardian ad litem for neglected children.

Veronica Range, Esq.
ATTORNEY

$100+

MILLION

IN TOTAL SETTLEMENTS

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $10-Million

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & SEXUAL ABUSE
Verdict of $88,000,000

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $7.5-Million

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $1.4-Million

If you've experienced sexual abuse in Big Brothers/ Big Sisters you should act now.

FAILURE TO PROTECT CHILDREN


Learning about it, confronting it, and calling it out is the first step to putting a stop to it. 

Nobody likes to have to consider the topic of child sexual abuse but, as more reports come out, we are forced to confront it. Looking away is not an option. Unfortunately, studies have shown that children are far more likely to be the victim of abuse than adults. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that between one in four girls and one in 13 boys will be abused before they reach the age of 18. Whether it’s in a religious, sporting, educational or youth setting, child abuse should not be tolerated by anyone. 


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Violations of policy or concerns of child abuse should be reported immediately to the appropriate staff member. For more serious instances or where there is proof of abuse, seek the help of a local child abuse lawyer or report directly to local law enforcement.

Remember, organizations that attempt to cover up child abuse or harbor abusers can themselves be held accountable by law.

If you or a loved one was a victim of sexual abuse within the Big Brothers Big Sisters, call us to schedule a consultation at 1-866-227-0836, or use our easy online scheduling form.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America helps establish one-on-one mentoring between adult “Bigs” and their “Littles.” By the nature of Big Brother Big Sister programs, much of the “Big” and “Little” one-on-one contact is unsupervised. Sadly, child predators often infiltrate youth-serving organizations like the Big Brothers Big Sisters that provide unmonitored contact with children. Child sexual abuse is an inherent risk in youth-serving programs for this reason.

$100+

MILLION

IN TOTAL VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $10-Million

CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & SEXUAL ABUSE
Verdict of $88,000,000

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $7.5-Million

SEXUAL ABUSE
Settlement of $1.4-Million

Sometimes in life you come across someone who makes such an impact that it not only changes your life, but theirs as well. 

For months we presented our case to three different high-profile lawyers and everyone of them had the same answer: "I'm sorry, but we do not have a case here." Out of sheer luck we came across Ben Andreozzi who not only gave us confidence in our case but gave us the understanding that he would pursue this matter night and day. 

Although we had little chance, Ben Andreozzi always felt that our voice needed to be heard. Ben Andreozzi showed so much compassion toward this case, I knew we found the right guy. As a client I was surprised on how much Ben knew about the law and what connections he had through the private sector as well as the community. As a person, I believe that I have made a friend for life. He not only heard our case and showed so much compassion and understanding toward us, but he settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit when others would not even give a chance at all. 

So I thank Ben Andreozzi for allowing our voice to be heard, and finally allowing us to bring closure to this horrific period of our lives of abuse. Thanks to Ben and his commitment to the case, we can now all move on and celebrate life itself.
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Sexual abuse should never be downplayed, ignored, or addressed in-house by an organization. It is a crime and it needs to be treated as such.  

We are in your corner, fighting for your rights.

If you've experienced sexual abuse in 
Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America
TRUST ONE OF MASSACHUSETTS' MOST EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
LEARN ABOUT THE PROBLEM

If you are a victim of 
Michael D. Bragg

we are in your corner, 
fighting for your rights.

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SCREEN EMPLOYEES/VOLUNTEERS

For any child-facing positions, background checks (including criminal records and actually calling previous employers to check the reason for leaving) are essential. This should include other teens and minors as many cases of child abuse are perpetrated by other minors. Clean background checks do not preclude the possibility of sexual abuse but it should at least mean that known offenders are not placed in a position where they can cause further harm.
HOW TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE IN YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS

Submitting your contact information will not create an attorney client relationship, but the information you submit will be kept confidential. An attorney client relationship may only be created after you communicate with the attorneys, it is decided that you have a viable case, and you execute a contingency fee agreement.

Sexual abuse should never be downplayed, ignored, or addressed in-house by an organization. It is a crime and it needs to be treated as such. We are in your corner, fighting for your rights.

INTRODUCE STRICT CODES OF CONDUCT

Youth-serving organizations must be clear about what constitutes positive interactions between adults and youth and what are harmful ones. Introduce employees to your code of conduct and have them sign off annually. Most incidents of child sexual abuse happen between one adult and a minor, so it’s a good policy to ensure that two adults are always present (no one-on-one interactions), to prohibit meetings outside of the organization’s direct environment, and to impose clear rules about permitted physical contact.

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CLOSELY MONITOR STAFF/VOLUNTEER BEHAVIOR

Staff and volunteers must adhere to the strict codes of conduct you introduce and rules must be enforced. This will require some degree of monitoring to check for violations of conduct and to report via a clear chain of command. Youth organizations should protect themselves by documenting the steps taken to monitor their people and to note where guidelines have not been followed and inappropriate behavior has been discovered e.g. meeting out of hours, giving gifts, one-on-one meetings, etc. Unscheduled observations of employees and volunteers as they engage with youth members should be part of any supervisory role.
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EXPERIENCE

We have represented hundreds of sexual abuse survivors in civil cases against some of the largest organizations in the world.

We are not a general personal injury law firm handling medical malpractice cases one day, and asbestos cases another. We focus on sexual abuse survivors.

FOCUS

We have received jury verdicts and settlements of over $100 million in the last few years.  We have also forced organizations to change so future children are safe.

RESULTS

COMPASSION

We listen to and understand the unique needs of each survivors.  No two survivors are the same.  Clients should not be treated like a number.

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Any youth organization that is serious about preventing sexual abuse needs to view it as the crime that it is, be vigilant, and introduce the right measures to monitor the staff and volunteers in its charge. Specific steps that youth organizations can take to help prevent abuse include the following:

INVESTIGATE AND DISCIPLINE UNDESIRABLE BEHAVIOR

Human resources must be prepared to look into instances where guidelines have been breached. Law enforcement or child protection services may need to be notified to investigate. Internal investigations may harm the legal process so it’s best to: 
  • Create a series of policies for investigating reports with the collaboration of a lawyer 
  • Clearly define inappropriate behaviors 
  • Define which violations are investigated internally and which involve authorities 
  • Be clear on the confidentiality and community/press responsibilities
  • Introduce policies for how to handle a staff member/volunteer while they are under investigation for sexual abuse 
  • Nominate a particular person to report instances of child abuse to the authorities
  • Document all reports and investigations
CREATE ENVIRONMENTS THAT DETER ABUSE

Youth organizations can introduce changes to their environment that help prevent abuse, such as: 
  • Installing security cameras in areas that may be hidden from view 
  • Making sure there are clear lines of sight at all times 
  • Making lighting brighter 
  • Locking closets/storerooms 
  • Having open-door policies 
  • Fitting windows into all doors 
  • Ensuring safety in toilets, showers, and changing rooms
PROVIDE ONGOING TRAINING

Ongoing (at least annual) training for employees, volunteers, and youth members about sexual abuse is a key component to preventing it. 
Include information about: 
  • Sexual grooming and warning signs of child sexual abuse 
  • Definitions of appropriate and inappropriate conduct 
  • Organizational policies regarding child sexual abuse prevention 
  • How to report instances of abuse
AWARENESS IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT PROBLEMS EXIST

The Big Brother Big Sister organization claims the following:


“Nationally, over our organization’s history, reports of child sexual abuse in a local Big Brothers Big Sisters program have been much lower than the rate of child sexual abuse in our society — and lower than the rate of sexual abuse identified in all youth-serving organizations across the U.S.” 


However, more cases have come to light recently, dating as far back as the 1980s. What is perhaps even more concerning is that the leadership of the organization was aware that problems existed but did little to investigate them. Worse, it may have attempted to cover them up, thereby facilitating further abuse.

It turns out that the vetting and supervisory processes for staff and volunteers were not as stringent as they should have been, allowing some sexual predators easy access to their victims. For whatever reason – lack of funding, laziness, or naivety – this is unacceptable for an organization that parents entrust their children to and which purports to facilitate safe interactions between adults and children. The organization has taken steps recently to correct the vetting and supervisory aspects within the organization but victims are still coming forward.
Our sexual abuse attorneys at Andreozzi + Foote are ready to stand by you over the long term and work hard to protect your interests. Contact us to get started.
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Are you or a loved one a victim to sexual abuse through Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Our sexual abuse attorneys at Andreozzi + Foote are ready to stand by you over the long term and work hard to protect your interests. Contact us to get started.
GET A FREE CONSULTATION
Are you or a loved one a victim to sexual abuse through Big Brothers Big Sisters?
Our sexual abuse attorneys at Andreozzi + Foote are ready to stand by you over the long term and work hard to protect your interests. Contact us to get started.
GET A FREE CONSULTATION
Are you or a loved one a victim to sexual abuse through Big Brothers Big Sisters?