Aventura Sexual Abuse Lawyer

March 14, 2024 | Attorney, Matthew Dolman

According to information from the United Nations, one in three women faces sexual assault in some form during their lives. If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, there are legal ways to hold the abuser responsible for their actions. An Aventura sexual abuse lawyer can help you handle the challenges involved in the legal process. 

The compassionate legal team at Dolman Law Group is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve while also seeking 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 sort through 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. 

An experienced sexual abuse attorney in our Aventura office can help if you've faced any of 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 legal 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 someone'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 whether you experienced sexual abuse, our empathetic legal team can answer all of your questions and help you make the best decisions during a free case review. 

How Can an Aventura Sexual Abuse Attorney Help You Bring a Lawsuit?

Sexual abuse lawsuits help the victim get closure by holding the attacker accountable for their actions. A civil lawsuit also helps ensure that the sexual offender faces the full force of the law. Finally, sexual abuse lawsuits allow the victim to 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. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive damages for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Psychological therapy
  • Career impacts, such as missed income, promotions, or benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Mental anguish

During a free consultation, we can explain 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 in a Criminal Case?

Even if your attacker was not found guilty in the criminal legal system, it's still possible to pursue a civil lawsuit against them. This is because criminal law has different requirements than civil law. In criminal law, defendants must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This is a high standard of evidence for a person to be found guilty.

On the other hand, when you bring a personal injury case, there is a different standard for proving that you were harmed and that the defendant is responsible for paying 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 to Do After Being Sexually Abused in Aventura

Here are some steps to follow in the event that you are sexual abused:

1. Get to Safety

Getting yourself out of danger is the first and most important step. For help removing yourself from the dangerous situation, 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

After your safety, your health should be a top priority. Most medical facilities have staff trained to collect evidence from sexual assault victims while offering important emergency treatment. 

3. Report the Attack

After being violated, we know 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, consider talking to a trained counselor or psychologist.

Once you are ready to hold the assailant responsible for your sexual abuse, reach out to Dolman Law Group to receive legal assistance from one of our skilled sexual abuse attorneys.

Our attorneys have a successful track record of helping sexual abuse survivors file civil lawsuits for sexual assault. You are not required to report the attack to the police before you file a civil claim. However, law enforcement involvement can be beneficial to support your case.

Trust the Compassionate Aventura Sexual Abuse Lawyers at Dolman Law Group

Sexual abuse perpetrators deserve to face the full force of the law, in both criminal and civil court. 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 discuss your case. We will listen to you, provide you with the best available options, and let you decide whether you want to take action and if we can represent you.

At Dolman Law Group, we fight hard to seek the justice you deserve. Call us at (954) 302-7068 for a free consultation and case review today. We are prepared to put our legal resources and skills to work and help you reclaim your life following sexual abuse.

Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
20803 Biscayne Boulevard Suite 101,
Aventura, FL 33180
(954) 302-7068

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Matthew Dolman

Personal Injury Lawyer

This article was written and reviewed by Matthew Dolman. Matt has been a practicing civil trial, personal injury, products liability, and mass tort lawyer since 2004. He has successfully fought for more than 11,000 injured clients and acted as lead counsel in more than 1,000 lawsuits. Always on the cutting edge of personal injury law, Matt is actively engaged in complex legal matters, including Suboxone, AFFF, and Ozempic lawsuits.  Matt is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for resolving individual cases in excess of $1 million and $2 million, respectively. He has also been selected by his colleagues as a Florida Superlawyer and as a member of Florida’s Legal Elite on multiple occasions. Further, Matt has been quoted in the media numerous times and is a sought-after speaker on a variety of legal issues and topics.

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