Sexual abuse is one of the most heinous crimes someone can do to someone else. When the abuser is trusted above all else, like a member of clergy, the effects can be utterly devastating.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse or assault then you will know that such incidents can have devastating and life-long effects. Individuals that are sexually abused as children my repress their feelings or memories until they are adults, and when they rise to the surface they can seriously affect the individual’s emotional and physical well-being.
Sexual abuse is when someone forces another individual to undertake undesired sexual acts. If the force is of short duration it is called sexual assault. If the force occurs numerous times, or over a long period of time it is called sexual abuse. There are on average 288,820 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the US. However, very few of the victims seek help or justice, and even fewer file a lawsuit.
Every 2 minutes an American is sexually assaulted.
We successfully secured a $3 million settlement for our client R.R. who had suffered years of repeated rape and child sexual abuse at the hands of her abuser despite CPS being aware of the issues. CPS did not contact law enforcement or otherwise take action. R.R. had two children with her abuser.
Though there are unfortunately many defendants to name, the most famous defendant in sexual abuse lawsuits is the Catholic Church. In 2012, we successfully won an $8 million jury verdict against the Catholic Church, which we believe is the largest verdict of its kind in Washington history. We have secured settlements and won jury verdicts for dozens of sexual abuse victims. Many of the defendants in these cases were the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church), Boy Scouts of America, the Catholic Church (and its various sub-groups), and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
If you or your loved one has endured sexual abuse or assault by someone part of an organization, then you should consider contacting an attorney now. Our team of sexual abuse lawyers has successfully dealt with many abuse cases and so we want to help you to begin your journey towards healing, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
You are not alone.