The mission of the Vertigo Charitable Foundation, LLC is to help make justice a reality for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse who seek to hold accountable the individuals who abused them and, where applicable, the institutions that tolerated such abuse. Our overarching goal is to eliminate the numerous ways in which the legal system discriminates against survivors at every stage – from initial reporting to law enforcement, through case-filing decisions by prosecutors and private attorneys, to the litigation of civil and criminal cases in our courts. Only by abolishing such inherently unfair practices will the legal playing field be leveled to provide survivors the fair path to justice they deserve.

In pursuit of that goal, our immediate focus is to provide through both film and written materials essential education and training to police, prosecutors, judges, private attorneys, victim advocates, psychologists, and social workers. This effort will enable them to recognize the unique aspects of survivor cases and therefore dispense justice more evenhandedly. Our intent and our pledge to survivors is to turn upside down a legal system that perversely protects perpetrators and re-victimizes survivors. Such an unworkable and unjust system cannot – and will not – stand.

Film

Vertigo Charitable Foundation’s Award Winning Film

Pursuit of Truth: Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Seeking Justice

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Dennis Hastert Sentencing: Misguided Pleas for Leniency

On April 26, 2016, Dennis Hastert, the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for illegally structuring cash withdrawals to avoid federal bank reporting laws. Hastert faced up to 5 years in prison but under a plea deal, prosecutors recommended a sentence of 6 months’ confinement. As […]

 JUSTICE FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS: GIVING VICTIMS THEIR VOICE  

JUSTICE FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS: GIVING VICTIMS THEIR VOICE  NEIL JAFFEE, JD Introduction  Cases involving adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse are unique at their core because they involve survivors who were victimized as children but enter the legal system as adults. This fundamental aspect of adult survivor cases drives the need for specialized protocols and […]

Events

NVCLI Conference (Portland, 06/20 – 21)

New Hope Film Festival (7/25 – 08/3)

NOVA Conference (Chicago, 08/17 – 20)

IVAT Conference (San Diego, 09/7 – 10)

Male Survivor Conference (Newark, 10/31 – 11/2)

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