Have you been the victim of sex abuse? You’re not alone. According to RAINN, an American is sexually assaulted every 73 seconds.
Are you planning on being involved in a sex abuse lawsuit? We’ve got the information you need to know today.
The Law Surrounding Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse law differs state by state, country by country. Your options differ depending on if you choose a civil or criminal route.
Criminal suits depend on the police and the court. They choose whether or not to prosecute for a crime, and what to prosecute for. A prosecutor will recommend a sentence, and a judge and jury will decide whether or not a defendant is guilty and what their sentence should be.
You have much more flexibility when it comes to filing a civil suit. Civil lawsuits are more on your terms, rather than the government’s terms. However, while you may receive a settlement or payment from a civil lawsuit, the defendant will not be subject to any criminal consequences and cannot be sentenced to prison time.
Usually, when filing a criminal suit, you should take action as soon as possible after the assault occurred. Civil suits can wait longer, particularly if there are multiple victims involved in the crime.
Make sure you look into the statute of limitations in your area, to make sure that your case is still valid. These laws are also changing. For example, in California, starting in 2023 you’ll be able to file a sexual abuse lawsuit any time before you turn 40 years old.
Different Types of Sexual Abuse
There isn’t just one type of sexual abuse. Different jurisdictions also define different acts in different ways. Here are some of the terms you may hear in the context of a sex abuse lawsuit:
- Sexual Harassment
- Sexual assault
- Solicitation of minors
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Sex Trafficking
Your lawyer and local law enforcement will decide what terms happen to apply in the case of your sexual assault.
How To File A Sex Abuse Lawsuit
If you plan on filing a sex abuse lawsuit, your lawyers’ plan of action will differ based on the culprit. If you are sexually assaulted in your workplace, your employer may be liable.
This is especially true if there have been previous complaints against the assailant, or if the assailant had a previous record. Part of a civil lawsuit is proving damages, like the loss of ability to earn an income, emotional distress, or physical injury. The court may also vote to impose punitive costs on the defendant, as a deterrent for future action.
For institutions like the Catholic Church, you can visit this page for more information.
Lawsuits like these can be very stressful. Make sure you talk to your lawyers, and your loved ones, to figure out what’s best for you.
Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Clearly, there is a lot of information you need to know about sex abuse lawsuits. Make sure you consult with a professional to learn more.
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