Libbey Van Pelt, Esq. - VA Abuse Guardian
Hi - I’m Libbey. I’m a former federal prosecutor now helping represent victims of sexual abuse. I work with a trauma-informed approach to help victims obtain justice. I look forward to helping you through this difficult time.
Sex assault crimes in Fairfax, Virginia and the surrounding areas is one of the most serious crimes. It is one of the most traumatic experiences someone can experience. If you or someone you love is a survivor of sex abuse, you may be wondering about your legal options.
We understand your pain and the trauma that sexual assault can bring to your life. Our Fairfax, Virginia sex abuse attorneys are here to answer your questions and protect your rights as a victim of sexual abuse.
Across the state of Virginia, thousands of sexual assault cases are reported annually, and thousands more go unreported. Victims of sexual abuse should seek medical attention as soon as possible after an incident, and speak with an experienced sex assault attorney. You speaking out against your sex abuse can help past and future victims.
Virginia law defines sex crimes as acts of a sexual nature that are performed on or forced upon another individual without legal consent.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse in Virginia can happen in a number of places, including but not limited to:
Both federal and Virginia state laws make it a crime to exploit anyone under the age of 18 with the selling, production, or possession of child pornographic materials. Anyone found guilty is prosecuted federally, but state prosecutors can also pursue retribution and the guilty person is registered as a sex offender.
In Fairfax County and the state of Virginia, sentences can be harsh against those found guilty of sex crimes, especially those associated with child sex abuse. The court system can bring the perpetrator to justice and hold them financially responsible for the damages inflicted.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, report the incident first. Once the police are involved, they can begin an investigation and start collecting information. Navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, this is where our team comes in to support you.
Our sexual assault attorneys in Fairfax let you focus on healing and taking the time for yourself. Sexual assault trauma is not limited to just the physical injuries you may have sustained. It can also lead to an emotional trauma that should also be addressed.
Our team gathers evidence, talks to witnesses, and handles the legwork that comes with filing a sexual abuse lawsuit in Virginia. We take the pressure off your shoulders so you can focus on healing and making sure you don’t go through the process alone.
In the state of Virginia, the statute of limitations on sexual abuse can vary depending on the crime. Learn more from RAINN.
It is important to speak with a sexual abuse attorney as soon as possible if you are the victim of abuse. We are here to help get your life back on track and find the justice you deserve. Contact our team today for a free consultation and to learn more.