If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse, our Boston sexual abuse lawyers can assist in the recovery, justice, and deserved compensation. Children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities are more vulnerable than other groups.
Regardless of who was abused, our team could commit our resources, time, and knowledge to your fight for justice and compensatory damages.
Acts That Constitute Sexual Abuse in Massachusetts
Sexual abuse is any unwanted and unconsented sexual activity in which the offender coerces the victim into such activities as touching and or forced penetration. Such abuse can take different forms. On most occasions, the victim may suffer from multiple forms of sexual abuse in a single encounter, including but not limited to:
- Unwanted sexual contact/touching
- Rape, including penetration
- Exposing someone's genitals to others
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation and trafficking
- Attempted rape
- Sexual contact with an incapacitated person
The Massachusetts Court System offers information about legal definitions and precedents related to sexual assault and related crimes. Your lawyer can explain related legal information in your case.
Where does Sexual Abuse Take Place?
Sometimes, people you trust may perpetuate the act of abuse. This can damage the personal relationship you once had with them. These could be your relatives, friends, teachers, bosses and superiors, spiritual leaders, and other close individuals. Do not let this get in the way of holding the perpetrator accountable.
Sexual abuse can happen at the following locations:
- Schools and colleges
- Churches and other places of worship
- Children's homes
- Nursing homes
- Parking garages
What Civil Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse Could Lead the Victim to Recover
You gave no consent for the perpetrator to have acted in such a way, and you might suffer in many different ways after an incident of assault. You could sue the perpetrator in a civil court for economic damages like:
- Medical treatment (current and future)
- Loss of wages
- Psychological trauma
You could identify your non-economic losses, as well. Some common losses victims experience include:
- Feelings of guilt
- Avoiding people and places that remind them of the trauma
- Anger towards themselves and others
- Mood swings
- Distrust of those around them
- Reliving the trauma
- Difficulty in romantic relationships
How Our Lawyers Could Help You With Your Boston Sexual Abuse Case
At Dolman Law Group, we care about your pain and concerns. You can leave your case to us and focus on your healing. Our Boston team will promptly answer all of your questions, emails, and phone calls. Our sexual abuse lawyers can help you in many ways, including:
- Promptly and professionally investigating your case
- Reviewing all the available evidence, including photographs, video footage, and interviewing any eyewitnesses to build your case
- Addressing your concerns
- Communicating with all involved parties
- Negotiating for a fair settlement
- Making your case in court, if necessary
- Filing paperwork
- Formally filing a personal injury lawsuit
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Speaking to your medical team to understand your injuries and recovery outlook
- Valuating your losses
- Helping you follow relevant statutes of limitations
- Protecting your rights
- Keeping you updated throughout the case
We Will Determine the Liable Party in Your Sexual Abuse Case
Your lawyer will perform necessary investigations to build your case and identify involved parties. Your employer may not have done a background check before employing the perpetrator in a workplace setting.
In such a situation, you could sue the third-party for damages. If the property where the perpetrator attacked was unsecured, we could file a civil suit against the owner.
We do Not Charge Our Clients Until the End of the Process
You will never have to pay us out of pocket. We take our fee out of the compensation we win for you. We will not ask you to pay us a retainer fee or give us a lump-sum check up front. Our clients have suffered enough already; we do not want to add financial stress on top of your worries.
What to Expect After Suffering Sexual Abuse in Boston
Taking action after sexual abuse is difficult, but keeping quiet can deny you the due justice you deserve and delay your healing process. Speaking up can relieve you of some pain and open the doorway for your healing. If you or your loved one have experienced sexual abuse, it is not your fault.
Visiting the Police Station Can Allow You to File Criminal Charges
We recommend you first report the abuse to the closest local police department. The police would be able to start the criminal justice process. This is seperate from the civil justice path that we can help you with. The two cases do not affect each other, though.
Seeking Medical Attention Allows You to Get Treated and Build Evidence
Seek medical attention as soon as you can. When you go to the hospital, medical personnel will provide you with the much-needed help. This is important for your physical and mental health—and your case.
Your visit creates medical evidence, which you could prove your sexual abuse. We strongly recommend gaining access to these documents and medical assistance; it will greatly assist your case.
Building Your Case
For our lawyer to build your case or one of your loved ones properly, you need to provide us with certain documents. These documents act as proof in your case. Some of the key ones include:
- Abuse form from the local police department
- Medical records
- Sexual assault evidence kit
Contact Our Law Firm Today About Your Boston Sexual Abuse Case
Have you been sexually abused? Has your loved one experienced abuse? Do not carry the burden alone. You can heal and receive justice for sexual abuse. Please get in touch with our firm serving Boston today so we can take on the burden of securing fair damages and starting you on your journey of healing.
When you entrust your case to us, we do whatever we can to fight for you. We recognize how seriously sexual abuse affects victims and their loved ones. At Dolman Law Group, we ensure sexually abused victims are not silenced. Contact us today, and we will start the process.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
76 Canal Street, Suite 302
Boston, MA 02114