Victims and families affected by sexual assault deserve answers, support, and justice. For survivors, sexual abuse can cause lasting trauma, both physical and mental. If you or someone you loved has been sexually abused, you may now be wondering
Our Washington DC sexual assault lawyers are here to answer your questions and to let you focus on getting your personal life back and heal from the trauma you experienced. We believe you.
Unfortunately, sexual abuse is more common than people realize, with thousands of cases being reported every year, not including the thousands more that are unreported.
Sexual assault can happen in places you trust to be safe, such as schools, churches, workplaces, or doctors' offices. Oftentimes the victims are some of the most vulnerable people, children, senior citizens, disabled people, and those who are mentally ill. Some of the most common types of sexual assault cases we handle are:
Abuse can include sexual touching or fondling, exposing a minor to sexual activity, indecent exposure, attempted rape or rape.
If a sexual assault has been committed by a teacher, counselor, doctor, or priest, for example, not only are the individuals the perpetrators, but the institutions they work for are negligent and failing to protect victims.
Negligence can be:
Perpetrators of sexual abuse typically seek positions of authority and opportunities they can be alone with vulnerable groups.
If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse, it is important to first file a police report. Talking with, and hiring a Washington DC sexual abuse lawyer should come second. In Washington DC there is a statute of limitations for filing sexual assault claims. If you were under 18 when the assault happened, you have 3 years from your 18th birthday to file the claim.
For those who were an adult at the time of the sexual assault, you have three years from the last date of abuse. It’s best to consult an experienced sexual abuse attorney in DC for more information directly related to your specific case.
Our experienced lawyers are here to navigate the difficult legal system for you. You have had a traumatic experience and should focus on healing. Repressed memories of the abuse can appear years after and a DC sexual abuse lawyer can let you know if you may still be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Hiring a sexual abuse attorney can help recover compensation for the physical and emotional damages caused by the assault. You may have been out of work with lost wages, hospitalized with growing medical bills, and even paying for psychological support during your recovery. By stepping forward with your abuse, you can be helping victims who are too afraid to speak out and help protect future victims from possible assault.
Contact our team of Washington DC sexual abuse attorneys today for your free confidential consultation and to learn more about your legal options.