Sexual violence is a growing problem in California in spite of the growing public awareness of the egregious nature of this crime. While a sexual assault can lead to a criminal prosecution, survivors can also bring a civil lawsuit against the attacker or any involved third parties. If you were sexually assaulted, you should immediately call the police and seek medical treatment at a hospital.
You also need an attorney by your side to help you obtain compensation for the harm you have suffered. The law firm of J&Y fights for the rights of victims of sexual violence in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Francisco County and Sacramento County.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact that is non-consensual, including inappropriate touching, rape or attempted rape, child molestation, incest, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and sexual harassment. These acts can come at the hands of strangers, acquaintances, and even intimate partners and family members. While women are more often victims of sexual violence, men can also be sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault often leads to long-lasting physical and emotional harm. Many victims struggle with depression, abuse drugs or alcohol, or suffer from suicidal thoughts. Survivors are often left feeling alone, helpless, and frustrated, especially when perpetrators escape prosecution.
Even if your attacker is acquitted or does not stand trial, however, legal remedies are still available to you because civil cases require a lower standard of proof than do criminal cases. It is only necessary to demonstrate that it is more likely than not that the attacker committed the assault. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be able bring a lawsuit against a third party such as a place of business, school or other entity for failing to provide adequate security.
How the law firm of J&Y Helps Sexual Assault Victims
At the law firm of J&Y, we will provide you with support and knowledge and fight to obtain monetary damages for the physical and emotional harm you have suffered as a result of the assault. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, psychological counseling, present and future medical expenses, and loss of present and future wages. In some cases you may be also entitled to restitution from the California Victim’s Compensation Fund.
Our personal injury attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these cases, and will compassionately and confidentially help you navigate the complicated legal process. The financial, emotional and physical burden following a sexual assault is not one that you should bear alone. Having our attorneys assisting you in fighting for your rights will help you regain your sense of personal empowerment. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual violence, call our office today at 888-806-6722 for a free evaluation of your case.