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At TorHoerman Law, we offer free, no-obligation consultations for any victims of sexual abuse. If you contact a sexual assault lawyer from TorHoerman Law, we will answer as many questions as we can, to the best of our abilities, about both the criminal and civil sexual assault lawsuit process. These consultations are completely free, confidential, and do not initiate any type of legal contract.
We understand how difficult it can be to deal with something as traumatic as sexual assault, so we want to do everything we can to offer support to victims. Please, do not hesitate to reach out. We would gladly help alleviate any concerns you have.
If you were the victim of sexual assault, please do everything within your ability to remove yourself from any harmful environments and find a support network to help you through your situation. If you are unable to reach out to family, friends, or peers for support, there are a number of groups and agencies (find below) that you can contact.
Although it can be difficult, try to report your assault as soon as possible. It is important to initiate the criminal charging process against the assaulter. By doing so, you may be preventing your assaulter from attempting to attack you or another individual.
After you have removed yourself from the harmful environment, report the crime to authorities, and found a support system to help you, you can consider filing a civil sexual assault lawsuit against your assaulter, but only if you are comfortable doing so.
Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the victim. Unfortunately, sexual violence in the U.S. is more common than you might think. This abhorrent type of crime affects people of all genders and ages. Sexual assault defines a number of unwanted contact situations. Some forms of sexual assault include:
Sexual assault can and does happen to individuals who are in an intimate relationship. This is a form of domestic violence.
Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats, or taking advantage of victims who do not give consent. Sexual abuse can have devastating impacts on victims. Immediate reactions include shock, fear, or disbelief. Long-term implications may include anxiety, fear, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Understanding the emotions and normal responses that follow such a traumatic event can help you cope with your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors – and can help you on the path to recovery. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, you should contact a sexual assault lawyer immediately after removing yourself from the environment where the abuse is taking place, if possible.
At TorHoerman Law, we offer free instant, no-obligation case consultation to any potential sexual assault victims. We are available to answer any questions you might have about filing both criminal and civil sexual assault lawsuits, and what other legal options you may have.
Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Here are some sexual assault statistics that might shock you:
There are two different routes of legal action for sexual assault lawsuits. There will either a criminal lawsuit, a civil lawsuit, or both. There are several differences between the two. You should familiarize yourself with both two types of sexual assault lawsuits and then discuss your best legal avenue with a sexual assault lawyer and the authorities.
If criminal charges are filed, the state becomes responsible for holding the perpetrator accountable for their actions. Criminal sexual assault lawsuits can lead to felony or misdemeanor charges as well as jail time. However, this does not erase the option of pursuing a civil sexual assault lawsuit as well. In a criminal case, the burden of proof is much higher than that of a civil lawsuit. The prosecutor must prove the guilt of the attacker committing a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. The victim is not heavily involved with the criminal lawsuit proceedings.
Civil lawsuits give more power to the plaintiff. They allow you to decide whether the case goes to trial or if you are going to accept some sort of settlement. Contrary to criminal cases, civil lawsuits do not focus on guilt. A sexual assault lawyer will try to prove that the attacker is liable for any kind of loss or damages. Liability is a focal point of most civil claims. In civil lawsuits, sexual assault lawyers simply have to prove that the defendant is more likely than not the cause of any damages.
If you were the victim of any type of sexual assault, a sexual assault attorney from TorHoerman Law is here to help you.
There are a number of credible institutions, support groups, and victim networks dedicated to sexual assault victim support. These are a few resources to help you find support:
It is not easy to figure out what to do after a sexual assault. Some sexual assault survivors say that reporting and seeking justice helped them recover and regain a sense of control over their lives. Understanding how to report these traumatic experiences can help you feel more prepared. Contact a sexual assault lawyer for more information regarding sexual assault victim resources and information about filing a sexual assault lawsuit.
Dial 911 if you are in immediate danger. Otherwise, you can call the direct line of your local police department or arrive at the station to report the assault in person. If you do not feel comfortable going directly to the police, you can visit a medical center. You can tell a medical professional that you would like to report the crime. Additionally, you can choose to have a sexual assault forensic exam performed.
Victims of sexual assault are not always in a position to leave a dangerous environment. However, if you are able to get away from the area, you should do so immediately. You should find somewhere safe to stay with family, friends, or any local support centers.
Some survivors find it helpful to speak to a counselor, therapist, or participate in a support group. Seeking medical attention is also an important thing that victims can do to help themselves.
After a sexual assault, you may not know what to do with yourself. You may feel violated, hurt, confused, or overwhelmed – and rightly so. TorHoerman Law is here to provide you with our undivided support through this rough time. Our sexual assault law firm is well-versed in all the complexities of the legal system. Let us take some stress off your hands and guide you in the right direction.
Finding the right attorney to represent you for a sexual assault lawsuit is a difficult task. Every sexual assault lawyer wants to win compensation, but can they get the job done? At TorHoerman Law we specialize in personal injury law, including intentional torts. Our team of experienced lawyers has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Furthermore, your sexual assault lawyer should have more than just compensation in mind. TorHoerman Law fights for justice. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not receive any payments until you are appropriately compensated.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to act as your sexual assault lawyer is a very important and sometimes difficult decision. Be sure to ask your potential representatives as many questions as you deem necessary before making your choice.
Ask about their experience, the law firm’s litigation history, their expectations for the case, their pay structure, and any other questions you believe are important to your decision.
The civil lawsuit process can award you financial compensation that a criminal lawsuit cannot. However, the civil process requires you to be more involved, so it is best to have an experienced sexual assault lawyer at your service. Legal proceedings are very tedious and can an added unnecessary stressor to those who are already dealing with the trauma that comes along with sexual assault.
Your sexual assault lawyer will help you to gather any evidence that supports your claim. Tangible evidence may include but is not limited to any medical records, witness statements, police reports, photos, and videos.
Your attacker or attackers will hold liability for your suffering and losses – they are solely responsible for the damages that you incurred as a result of your attack. Although we are unable to bring criminal charges against your attacker, we will fight to maximize the economic damages that they must pay to you for their actions.
Your sexual assault lawyer will work diligently to build a strong case against your attacker and keep you out of the courtroom by gaining compensation through a settlement. If a settlement agreement is not reached, then your case will go to court as a civil sexual assault lawsuit trial.
We are truly sorry for the trauma that you have been subjugated too because of the awful actions of another human being. We know that this is a difficult time for you and we will do everything within our power to assist you in any way.
If you have any questions, even if they are just questions regarding a criminal sexual assault lawsuit, we would be more than happy to answer them to the best of our abilities.
Sexual Abuse. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/topics/sexual-abuse/
Sexual Assault. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/articles/sexual-assault#:~:text=The term sexual assault refers,or penetrating the perpetrator's body http://www.victimrights.org/
Victims of Sexual Violence: Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.rainn.org/statistics/victims-sexual-violence
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