When Jeff Herman went to law school he did so to become a commercial litigator. He started his own law firm, Herman Law, where he represented companies of all sizes in legal matters that he would either negotiate settlements for or represent the company during the trial. He was very good at this, he says, but he came to realize over time that it wasn’t a very gratifying career to have.
Twenty years ago Herman’s professional life completely shifted. Jeff Herman says that married couple came into his law office seeking his help. Their son, who was age four and autistic, came home from his preschool and said that somebody there had touched his “pee-pee”. This person was “Mr. Dan” and it turns out he was a volunteer who had never had his background checked. If this Florida preschool had checked they would have found out he had been convicted in California as a pedophile. It turns out that 20 children had been sexually abused by “Mr. Dan”.
Jeff Herman says that this case caused him to switch from being a commercial litigator to being a lawyer who represents victims of sexual crimes like rape and sexual assault. He says that he makes sure organizations are held legally responsible when the people they are supposed to be responsible caring for are instead the victim of a sexual crime. Jeff Herman files lawsuits in criminal courts in order to ensure these crimes don’t go unpunished and those who are responsible are held accountable.
He says that Parents Need To Be Champions of their children. He says it is critical for parents to talk to their kids about sexual predators and the crimes they commit. Children need to know they can tell their parents if they are touched by someone in a way that made them feel uncomfortable no matter who it is. He says that these conversations should be kept at an age-appropriate level. Jeff Herman says children should know the names of their body parts, for example, but young children don’t need to be told about their sexual use.
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