One in three women faces sexual assault in some form, according to information from the United Nations (UN). If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, they are not alone. An Aventura sexual abuse lawyer can help you handle the challenges of the legal process.
Dolman Law Group is here to help you get justice. The aftermath of sexual abuse can have devastating effects on victims that can stay with them for the rest of their lives. However, knowing your rights and taking legal action against the assailant can help you get closure and relieve some of the pain and suffering from the incident.
What Is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is a term that covers a range of sex crimes. These include sexual molestation, sexual harassment, and rape. Both men and women may be survivors of sexual abuse.
You can seek our help if you've faced the following forms of sexual abuse:
- Rape or attempted rape
- Any non-consensual conduct relating to sex, including physical, verbal, and written sexual misconduct
- Any non-consensual sexual touches, regardless of where it is on the body
- Any instance of force or violence in a non-consensual sexual context
- Coercing a victim into sexual touching and fondling
- Any sexual act that happened when the victim could not give consent
Sexual abuse also includes sexual intimidation, such as stalking and threatening to commit unwanted sexual acts on the victim. Sexual abuse is any sexual activity against one's consent. Not only are the physical results of sexual abuse traumatizing, but it can also cause psychological trauma that can affect the victim's daily life.
If you're unsure that what you experienced was sexual abuse, our compassionate team can answer all of your questions and help you get answers during a free case review.
What does a Lawsuit Accomplish in an Aventura Sexual Abuse Case?
Sexual abuse lawsuits help the victim get closure by holding the attacker accountable for their actions. Secondly, the lawsuits ensure that the sexual offender faces the full force of the law. Finally, sexual abuse lawsuits help the victim fight for compensation to cover the physical and mental healthcare costs that the survivor deserves access to.
A victim may receive monetary compensation as a result of a civil suit. You could receive damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Psychological therapy
- Career impacts, such as missed paychecks
- Pain and suffering
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Mental anguish
We can tell you how much compensation you may be able to seek based on the unique details of your situation.
What If My Attacker Was Not Found Guilty?
Even if your attacker was not found guilty, it's still possible to pursue a civil lawsuit against them. This is because criminal law is a different court system from a civil one. In criminal law, defendants must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that the evidence must be as certain as possible for a person to be found guilty.
On the other hand, when you bring a personal injury case, there are different standards for proving that you were harmed and that the defendant is liable for your damages. We can explain more about how a personal injury case is different from a criminal one and help you understand your options through a civil suit.
What do I Do If I've Been Sexually Abused in Aventura?
Here are some steps to follow in the event that you suffer from sexual abuse:
1. Get to Safety
Getting yourself out of danger is the first and most important step. If you cannot remove yourself from the dangerous situation, you can call the police or the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN).
It is important to note that you should not remove any of your clothes or try to wash them to preserve as much DNA of your assailant as possible.
2. Get Medical Attention
As for your safety, your health should be a top priority. Most medical facilities have staff trained to collect evidence from sexual assault victims while offering them emergency treatment.
3. Report the Attack
After being violated, we know that it can be difficult to recount the details of the encounter. This is normal due to the shock and disbelief that follows an attack. The situation might be more challenging if the person who attacked you holds an authoritative position or is close to you.
However, remember that you are the victim, and none of what happened is your fault. If you are not ready to talk to the police, you can choose to talk to a trained counselor or psychologist.
4. Let Us Help You
Once you are ready to hold the culprit responsible for your sexual abuse, reach out to Dolman Law Group to receive legal assistance.
Our attorneys have a track record of helping sexual abuse victims file civil lawsuits for sexual assault. You are not required to have reported the attack to the police to file a civil claim. However, law enforcement involvement can be beneficial in successful cases.
Compassionate Representation for Sexual Abuse Victims
Sexual abuse perpetrators deserve to be met by the full force of the law. If you have been sexually abused or a loved one has suffered this crime, we know that it can be a devastating thing to have to deal with. That is why we offer a free consultation to hear your case. We will listen to you, provide you with the available options, and finally let you decide whether you would like us to represent you.
At Dolman Law Group, we fight hard to seek the justice you deserve. Call us today at (954) 302-7068 for a free consultation and case review. We want to put our legal resources and skills to work and help you reclaim your life following sexual abuse.
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