Sexual Abuse FAQ
What should I do if I have been sexually abused or raped?
As difficult as it may be, you should report the crime to law enforcement as soon as possible. Reporting the crime quickly gives law enforcement time to preserve evidence, apprehend the predator, and increase the odds for a quick and successful prosecution.
What is the difference between the criminal justice system and the civil justice system?
The criminal justice system is designed to punish your predator. To hold accountable the organization or institution that enabled your predator, you must use the civil justice system. The civil justice system is also where you can be compensated for your harm. Our legal team has the experience and track record to hold negligent organizations accountable and to make them pay for your harm.
Why should I hire an attorney to sue the institution who enabled their crime?
It is only through the civil justice system that you can be compensated for the lifetime harm that was inflicted upon you by the predator and the institution that enabled their behavior.
What harm can come from being sexually abused?
Research indicates that sexual abuse victims suffer from PTSD, alcohol and drug use, and trust issues, to name a few. More information on the lifetime impact can be found here.
Will my privacy be protected?
Your privacy as a sexual abuse or rape survivor will always be a priority. From the moment you contact us, the communication is 100% confidential. Once you decide to file a legal claim, you can do so anonymously as Jane Doe.
How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
You will never pay us any money up front. All of our fees and costs are deferred until we recover money for you. By working on what is called a contingency fee basis, we only get paid when we recover money for you. If we don’t recover money, you don’t owe us anything.
How long does the legal process take?
Each case is different, depending on the facts of the case. We try to resolve cases quickly so that the impact to survivors is minimized.
My sexual assault was a long time ago, is it too late to do anything?
Not at all. In California, the legislature recognized the unique aspects of this type of crime. Under the law, any sex crimes committed after January 1, 2017 have no time limits or statute of limitations. For civil actions, Assembly Bill 218 is currently the law. It allows sexual abuse survivors until the end of 2022 an opportunity to sue the institution that enabled their predator.
Contact one of our sexual abuse lawyers at 1-800-474-5201 for a free and 100% confidential consultation. We can answer more of your questions and also ensure that your legal rights are protected.