Sexual abuse can be one of the most devastating violations a person can experience. No one should suffer in silence, or feel too afraid to see their perpetrator brought to justice. With more than three decades of experience as sexual abuse lawyers, McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP can help you or someone you love who has been sexually assaulted, molested, or abused. We are dedicated to assisting our clients through the daunting process of gathering documentation, physical evidence, witnesses, and any other necessary evidence needed to support their case.
What Is Sexual Abuse and What Are Its Long-Term Effects?
Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity against another person without consent. Sexual assault or abuse can be one of the most horrifying experiences in a person’s life, and the long-term effects of sexual abuse can vary. Most victims experience some of the following:
- Constant fear
- Emotional pain
- Extreme anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Physical pain
- Relationship difficulties
Many victims feel shame and stay quiet, secretly dealing with their sexual abuse. Doing so prevents you or your loved one from getting the help he or she needs and deserves.
Why Do Victims Wait to Report Sexual Abuse?
Shame or denial often cause victims to wait to report sexual abuse. Many victims even blame themselves. Victims of sexual abuse can quickly find themselves challenging their own reality of what actually happened. They may even minimize or justify the actions of their attacker.
Many sexual abuse victims may also fear backlash of reporting the incident, especially from an employer or industry. Whether you or a loved one has been sexually abused or assaulted recently or years ago, remember that you are the victim and it’s not too late to take action.
Committed to Obtaining Justice for Sexual Abuse Victims
Individuals between the ages of 12–34 are at the highest risk for rape and sexual assault. In many cases, teenagers and young adults are victimized by people of authority or people entrusted to care for them such as clergy, doctors, coaches, teachers, or school administrators. Many victims feel shame and remain quiet, preventing them from getting necessary help. When organizations fail to safeguard individuals from sexual abuse, they must be held accountable.
Since 1993, the sexual abuse lawyers of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP have been assisting victims of sexual assault, molestation, sexual violence and rape who may not have the resources or strength to go after the perpetrator and any other persons, groups or organizations that should be held liable for their gross negligence, misconduct or intentional harm.
We have a strong track record of winning multimillion-dollar awards in sexual abuse cases to assist your recovery process.
Our experiences include:
- Securing $30 million on behalf of eight children and families in a sexual abuse scandal.
- Securing $10.8 million on behalf of a teenage boy sexually abused by his teacher.
- Securing $10 million in a sexual abuse case against a school.
- Securing $2.2 million on behalf of a 16-year-old special needs student against the LAUSD for being sexually assaulted in a school bathroom by another special needs student.
- Securing $1.7 million in a sexual harassment case against a plaintiff’s employer.
- Representing former University of Southern California students who allegedly were victims of sexual assault by Dr. George Tyndall.
How Do Lawyers Assist in Sexual Abuse Cases?
Victims of sexual abuse have two paths they can take when confronting their attacker: criminal and civil. Criminal sexual abuse cases in California must be brought within six years of the attack unless the attack was rape, in which case there is no statute of limitations.
With civil sexual abuse claims, a victim can file a case within eight years of the age of majority, which is 26 in California. Civil sexual abuse claims may also be brought if sexual abuse was discovered within the last three years. California is one of 28 states with this discovery extension to the statute of limitations. Some victims were young children and may have suppressed the memory or failed to realize they suffered sexual abuse. Once this determination is made, these victims have three years to bring a civil action.
The laws surrounding sexual abuse are complex and evolving, and it is crucial to have a trusted and experienced sexual abuse attorney on your side to navigate the emotional and challenging process. With our help, you may be able to recover the following damages:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Past, present and future medical bills
Contact the Experienced Sexual Abuse Attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP
Sexual abuse can be devastating, but you or your loved ones don’t have to suffer alone.
Our results are not just about compensation. We make a strong statement to organizations that fail to protect our loved ones from these horrible acts. If you or a loved one were the victim of sexual abuse, you deserve justice, support and the best chance at moving forward with your life.
Don’t let shame, self-doubt or fear of retaliation prevent you from holding your attacker accountable for their vicious crime. Contact our dedicated sexual abuse attorneys today at 866.664.3055.