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What is a Civil Sexual Abuse Claim?
Sexual abuse is a rampant problem in both the United States and around the world.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) estimates that one person is sexually assaulted every 90 seconds. 1 Despite these staggering statistics, these numbers may be even higher. There are reports indicating 80% of sexual assaults are not reported by the victims. 3
A remedy for victims, survivors and loved ones impacted, of sexual abuse, is to file a civil sexual abuse legal claim against those that harmed them.
A civil sexual abuse claim can be advantageous to the plaintiff as there a variety of options available in a civil lawsuit versus a criminal lawsuit.
Civil sexual abuse claims are brought forward by victims against the perpetrator of sexual abuse. In most instances, a criminal trial will occur before a sexual abuse civil claim and/or lawsuit is filed.
It is important to note, a civil sexual abuse claim can be filed independently of a criminal charge or investigation.
The purpose of a civil sexual abuse lawsuit is to seek justice for the survivor as well as monetary compensation. Sexual abuse civil lawsuits can be filed against the individual alleged to have been the perpetrator of sexual abuse. In addition, sexual abuse civil lawsuits can be filed against 3rd parties that may have acted negligently and thus liable for the sexual abuse a victim suffered.
Examples of 3rd party sexual lawsuits filed include defendants such as: employers, schools, religious institutions, and other defendants who may have acted negligently in allowing the abuse to occur.
Our legal partners can advise on the best practices when filing a lawsuit against a 3rd party for negligence in sexual abuse.
We will advise if your civil abuse claim qualifies for any 3rd party settlement such as the recent Boy Scout Bankruptcy Settlement 4.
The Boy Scouts of America recently filed bankruptcy and has reportedly set aside $1 Billion dollars to settle sexual abuse civil claims filed against them. Our legal partners are aware of all the breaking sexual abuse litigation developments and once you are a client, we will continue to advise you on any ongoing changes in litigation, even after your civil claim has settled.
Our mission is to provide a full suite of services to help survivors of sexual abuse make as close to a complete recovery as possible.
Filing a Civil Claim for Victims of Sex Abuse
Filing a lawsuit can be a difficult process for those that have suffered from sexual abuse. We understand that this is an extremely personal matter for both the victim and their family. We have the utmost respect for your privacy during these trying times. In addition to litigation, we also have a support and advocacy network at victims.org. Once you contact our legal team of partners we will provide a free claim evaluation. We will collect the details of your situation and advise on the best course of action from there.
During the civil sexual abuse legal process, we will do our best to respect your privacy and your time. Our team, with your permission, will collect your medical records, conduct depositions and investigate all the possible avenues of your civil claim.
The stress and pain of having gone through sexual abuse can be traumatizing for a survivor. Our legal partners strive to make the civil claims process as easy as possible for our clients.
Benefits of a Civil Claim
There are many advantages to filing a sexual abuse civil claim. A civil lawsuit will include direct compensation for those who suffered from sexual abuse. And unlike a criminal claim, the abused will have complete control over the civil legal process.
In a criminal trial, the prosecution needs to provide evidence beyond all reasonable doubt in order to get a conviction. 2 In a civil trial, the plaintiff team only needs to convince the judge or jury on the “preponderance of the evidence ” in order gain a decision in our favor. “Preponderance of the evidence ” in a civil lawsuit means that in order to come to judgment there must be a majority favor to render a decision (50.1% of the vote).
How Do I File a Sexual Abuse Civil Claim?
Our legal network of partners and abuse lawyers are investigating sexual abuse civil claims for individuals and family members who have suffered from sexual abuse. Our sexual abuse lawyer partner network will work with you every step of the way to find the best path to justice through all our available legal options. It is our mission to make sure survivors of sexual abuse know they are never alone.
In order to start your sexual abuse civil claim, contact our team at (800) 888 22 44 or by completing the form below. Your contact information remains 100% confidential. A review of your civil claim is free of charge and our legal partners only receive compensation if they can earn you a recovery.
1. Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics. 2020 RAIN https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence
2. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. 2020 Law.com. https://dictionary.law.com/Default.aspx?selected=59
3. Sexual Assault Remains Dramatically Underreported. 2018 The Brennan Center for Justice https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/sexual-assault-remains-dramatically-underreported
4. Boy Scouts bankruptcy: What we know about victims, assets and the future of scouting (2020) USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/02/18/boy-scouts-chapter-11-bankruptcy-filing-victims-assets/4792905002/