Los Angeles Sexual Abuse and Assault Attorneys
Knowledgeable representation for sexual abuse victims across Southern California
Sexual assault and abuse are particularly heinous offenses that leave victims feeling traumatized and helpless. Victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse are not only severely impacted in the short term, but commonly suffer psychological and emotional effects for years after the fact. At the law firm of Taylor & Ring, we have substantial experience representing victims through civil litigation. Contact us for more information.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault is a broad term. As such, the state of California does not have only one sexual assault designation: it can include rape, threats, sodomy, seduction, and much, much more. In the most general of terms, sexual assault is any act of unwanted sexual contact without a person’s consent, including any threats or coercion.
What is rape?
- Because you were threatened
- Because you were forced against your will
- Because you were physically unable to grant consent, from being asleep, unconscious, unaware, or disabled
- Because you were mentally unable to give consent due to a disability
- Because you were under the age of 17
- Because you were under the age of 18, and the perpetrator was aged 18 or older
Did You Know?
In 2017, rape accounted for 8% of all violent crime in California.
Pursuing damages for a sexual assault claim
There are two different justice systems in this country: criminal and civil. In the criminal justice system, the prosecutor decides whether or not to charge a person (the defendant) with a sex crime. If the defendant is found guilty, he or she may be incarcerated and fined.
The civil justice system is what allows survivors to bring claims for monetary damages against the defendant. While a guilty plea or verdict can bolster your claim, it is not necessary in order for you to file a claim. In fact, even if your attacker is found not guilty in criminal court, he or she may still be held liable for your injuries, and ordered to compensate you for:
- Your medical expenses
- Your lost wages or loss of future earning potential
- Your pain and suffering
- Your loss of companionship with your partner
The statute of limitations for your sexual assault case
We understand that choosing to tell your story is a deeply personal decision. We also understand that for some people, coming forward can feel like a violation in and of itself. Even if you are not ready to initiate a lawsuit, it is important to preserve your rights before the statute of limitations expires. Under California law, failing to meet these statutory time limitations can keep you from pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Right now, adult victims of sexual assault have 10 years from the date of your attack, or three years from the discovery of a disease or illness related to the attack, to file a claim in civil court. If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you must file a claim within 8 years of reaching the age of majority – meaning, by the time you are 26 – regardless of when the abuse occurred.
Those statutes could change soon, however, if Assembly Bill 281 passes into law. It would extend the deadline for civil claims.
Making a claim when your child has been abused
Are parents, we do whatever we can to protect our kids. Finding out that our children have been hurt can make you feel helpless and angry. Finding out that your child was molested or assaulted can make you feel like you’re suffocating.
We understand. Taylor & Ring has handled some of the most high-profile cases involving the sexual abuse and assault of children in the state. We understand your primal urge for justice for your child, balanced with your parental desire to protect your child’s privacy.
We cannot undo the hurt or pain your child has suffered, but we can and will fight to ensure that he or she has the best possible future. Please contact us to learn about filing a claim against:
- The school district, including LAUSD
- Individual teachers, staff members, administrators, or volunteers
- Child Protective Services or foster parents
- Youth organizations
- Religious organizations or individuals
- Sports organizations or coaches
- Other students or children
Additional services for victims of sexual assault and harassment
Our Los Angeles sexual assault attorneys handle a wide array of claims involving abuse, harassment, and bullying. Please contact us to learn more about our work:
Choosing the right law firm for your needs
The lawyers of Taylor & Ring have handled numerous high-profile and precedent-setting cases throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Our victories include a wide spectrum of verdicts and settlements for sexual assault victims.
Beyond exposing the perpetrators, our Los Angeles sexual abuse law firm focuses on holding property owners, employers, and security companies accountable for failing to protect victims. We seek restitution for physical injuries, emotional trauma, and psychological effects, all of which may have a tangible financial impact. We find every way possible to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
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Let an experienced Los Angeles sexual assault law firm handle the details of your case
You can trust the attorneys of Taylor & Ring to provide you and your loved one with civil justice representation that is honest, reliable, and aggressive. Call us today at 310-776-6390 or complete our contact form to schedule a confidential and free initial consultation. We value each of our clients and continuously strive to provide them with high-quality representation.
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