Hi - I’m Ryan. I am an attorney that is licensed to practice law in Missouri and my office is located in Springfield. My team has helped numerous sex abuse survivors obtain the compensation they deserve. I am looking forward to helping you find justice.
As more and more cases of child sex abuse and sexual assault make headlines, victims have gotten the courage to take action. You may be here because:
Our experienced attorneys focus on helping survivors of sexual abuse crimes in civil court.
Were you or a loved one assaulted or abused in Springfield? Our dedicated personal injury attorneys are here to help. You are not alone. We believe you, and we believe your voice should be heard. No matter how it feels at times, help is available. Recovery is possible, and justice is within reach. We believe you deserve to be supported during this trying time. Our sexual abuse lawyers understand the painful emotions you may be feeling. You may still be struggling to deal with feelings of shock and anger, shame and grief. These are natural reactions to terrible trauma.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse can happen anywhere. We look to places such as schools and churches as a safe place for our children and for ourselves, but predators can be in these places and take advantage. Shame, fear, and guilt can all lead to someone not stepping forward about their assault. For too long survivors have been silenced and we're here to help you speak out. Some of the many types of sexual assault cases we represent include:
The Boy Scouts was developed to provide a safe environment to young men who needed guidance and development. Over the years, stories of assault have arisen with a report of over 7,800 perpetrators and over 12,000 children victims. The Boy Scouts often engage in activities that are away from home, such as camping, creating an opportunity for the offender to commit the crime.
Coaches have a position of power over the athletes and often have unsupervised lessons where misconduct can occur. In recent years gymnastics sexual abuse has been at the forefront, but the assault can happen in any sport including swimming sexual abuse, diving sex assault, and wrestling sexual molestation. Often the coach will use their influence to try to control the athlete, try to be a surrogate parent, act differently around them, and push for private lessons to advance the athlete more.
The Catholic Church and the Clergy have long hidden sexual assault but more people are sharing their experiences and breaking down the walls. In Missouri in 2019, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese confirmed 22 cases of past sexual misconduct. The clergy members, priests, or other members of the church are seen as leaders and we are taught to trust them. Unfortunately, this trust can be taken advantage of and the misconduct is covered up.
Our elders deserve the care they are seeking when moving into an assisted living or nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is often reported, with many more cases going unreported. The assault can be from an employee, another resident, or even a visitor to the building. Some victims are unable or unwilling to talk about the abuse. Some common signs include unsanitary living conditions, unexplained bruises, and complaints.
We understand you have questions about sexual assault and wish to find legal advice for your case. Our lead attorney, Ryan Frazier, answers some of the most common questions we receive. If you have other questions or wish to speak with a lawyer about your case, call our law firm today for a free consultation.
A civil court system is designed to help the survivor of sex assault. The purpose of these lawsuits is to obtain compensation for damages incurred.
A criminal court is all about the crimes committed by the abuser. The purpose is to impose fines or prison sentences.
Legal counsel will be able to provide more information to clients as each chase is different.
The pain and suffering from sexual abuse can have long-term effects on survivors. A few of the long term effects include:
Our attorneys know that receiving compensation does not heal the emotional scars from rape, harassment, or sexual abuse. But, by coming forward and filing a lawsuit with an attorney, you can help other victims come forward about their trauma and you can help protect future victims from experiencing the same serious crimes you endured.
The statute of limitations is different in every state. In Springfield and the state of Missouri, the statute of limitations for sexual abuse has been removed in the criminal court system.
A minor has 10 years after they turn 21 to file a lawsuit against an individual, or 5 years to hold a third party responsible. To learn more about your specific case, speak directly with an attorney today. Because of time limits, it is important to come forward and report the crime. The earlier the crime is reported, the earlier legal action can be taken.
Our team of compassionate attorneys understands the trauma caused by assault and the importance of building an attorney-client relationship to help you file charges against the perpetrator. We take every case seriously and our goal is to bring justice to the victim and hold the offender accountable. We only represent victims of these serious crimes.
Contact our team today to learn more about your legal options in a free consultation with a knowledgeable attorney.
Our local Springfield, Missouri litigation team is lead by Ryan Frazier. While our office services the entire state our most recent clients have been located in:
As a survivor of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you have many local resources, in addition to seeking legal advice from an experienced attorney.
Our office is less than 30 minutes from the Springfield-Branson National Airport. To get to us from here follow these directions:
"I'm so glad that I reached out to Ryan through Abuse Guardian. He listened to my experience and helped secure compensation for my trauma. I wish that no one else would ever have to suffer how I did. Ryan and his team were very compassionate and were very kind every time I spoke to them. I would highly recommend them to anyone else who may be afraid to come forward." - Susan S.
Date: November 2, 2021, 7:30pm
Description: If you suspect your child has been assaulted at boarding school, or if you have been a victim yourself, you may be wondering what your next steps should be. In this webinar, hosted on Zoom, Ryan Frazier and his team will outline types of abuse at boarding school and steps such as reporting the assault, contacting authorities and speaking to an experienced attorney. Mr. Frazier will be available for questions at the end of the webinar. To register, please email: [email protected]