The Virginia Abuse Guardian is Breit Cantor Grana Buckner: Kevin Biniazan, Esq.
Hi - I’m Kevin. I am an attorney that is licensed to practice law in Virginia. My team has helped numerous sex abuse survivors obtain the compensation they deserve. I am looking forward to helping you find justice and guide you through your legal options.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted or abused, you may be wondering how to proceed with filing a civil claim against the perpetrator or organization. Are you struggling with questions like:
If you're wondering about how the Virginia sexual abuse statutes may apply in your case, our experienced victims' rights lawyers can help guide you through the process. Contact our legal team to schedule your free, confidential case consultation today.
Sex abuse can cause pain and suffering and is, unfortunately, more common than many people think. For many types of cases, the perpetrator and facility may be held liable. The abuse can happen in places we trust most, including but not limited to:
The elderly are a vulnerable population, moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility when they can no longer live on their own. Placing a loved one in one of these institutions is already an emotional ordeal, discovering nursing home sex abuse after your loved one has been living there can be even worse. This sexual abuse is not limited to just facility staff members, but visitors, vendors, family members, and other residents can be a perpetrator. If your loved one was a victim of this horrific abuse, you have legal options.
Students of all ages move away from home to attend university. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that nearly 1 in every 5 women on a college campus has reported sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. The National Institute of Justice reports that a college with 10,000 students is likely to experience approximately 350 rapes per year. Our Title IX sex assault lawyers fight for victims in educational institutions, learn more about your case by contacting our team today.
Another common type of sexual assault and abuse our lawyers represent in civil lawsuits is in clergy sexual abuse cases. These types of cases have made countless headlines across the United States over the last few years. Priests, bishops, deacons, ministers, pastors are just a few of the positions holding power and the trust of those attending a church, synagogue, or other religious meeting places. This power and trust can make sex abuse difficult to speak out against. This sexual assault is not limited to just the Catholic Church. Sexual assaults can happen across all religious organizations including Jehovah's Witness, Southern Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, and the Mormon community. We believe you and want to help you navigate the justice system, getting you the compensation you deserve, and help your healing process.
Unwanted sexual advances, sex assault, and rape can happen in other areas we deem to be safe for ourselves and our children. Here are some other types of sexual assault cases our attorneys have represented:
Sexual assault and rape are two of the most underreported crimes. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center reported that around 63% of assaults are not reported to the police. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives. RAINN has reported that an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, with 321,500 victims aged 12 or older every year.
In 2016, RAINN reported that the rate of sexual assault and rape was 1.2 per 1,000 people, a decrease of 63% from 4.3 assaults per 1,000 in 1993. They also report that the sexual abuse is across the general public, inmates, children, and members of the military. If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, by speaking out about your experience, pain, and suffering, you can be helping countless other victims who have not found their voice and help deter abuse from happening in the future.
Our team of personal injury and child sexual abuse attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you navigate the criminal justice system. Here are a few of our frequently asked questions. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.
Sexual abuse can affect everyone differently and the emotional and physical damages can be long-lasting. These are just a few of the common effects which a victim of a sexual assault can experience:
Yes, as a victim of a sexual assault we do recommend working with an experienced injury attorney. The criminal and civil courts can be difficult to navigate. Often, victims do not realize the powerful options they have in a lawsuit and holding the perpetrator accountable. Depending on the case, clients may be able to file claims against the person responsible, and also the organization.
As a victim of sexual abuse, hiring a lawyer for your sexual abuse case can increase your deserved compensation, helping your healing process, and cover medical bills that may have amounted after your physical and emotional trauma. In many cases, a jury can also award punitive damages. Call our child sexual abuse attorneys today to learn more about your claim, compensation, and options in a free consultation.
Every state has a different statute of limitations. In Richmond, Virginia Beach, and in the entire state of Virginia, the statute on child sexual abuse is 20 years, beginning when the victim turns 18 or remembers the sexual assault if it is a repressed memory. By speaking with a Virginia sexual abuse attorney you can better understand the statute of limitations as relating to your specific claims.
Child sexual abuse, or molestation, is when a person uses a child for sexual stimulation. Forms of sexual abuse can include:
Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact with a non-consenting adult, child, disabled person, someone not in control of their functions, or any other person who is coerced into unwanted sexual acts. This assault can cause physical and emotional damages to the victim. Forms of assault can include:
Sexual abuse claims can often be under-reported due to fear of retaliation. As a victim of sex crimes, molestation, or assault, your first step should be to report your claim to the police. What you have experienced is something someone should never have to endure.
After making your report, speaking with an attorney in a consultation should be your next step. Our clients have trusted us to represent them in a lawsuit against those responsible for sexual assault. Let our lawyers help you in court by filing claims for you. Call our team today for your free consultation to learn more about a civil or criminal lawsuit and how to take action.
Our litigation team is lead by Kevin Biniazan, an experienced attorney representing victims of sexual assault in Virginia. We serve victims across the state including the following areas:
Do not be afraid if you are a victim of Virginia sexual abuse. By contacting our team, you will speak with a dedicated lawyer ready to support you in a lawsuit and recover compensation for the damages and trauma you have experienced.
In Richmond, VA, Virginia Beach, and other cities in the state, you have options for support. Our lawyers have created a list of local resources for victims of sex abuse to contact, in addition to speaking with an experienced lawyer.