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Sexual Abuse and Assault

Sexual Abuse and Assault

Silicon Valley Plagued with Sexual Harassment Allegations

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?

Rape is defined as an act of sexual intercourse – with a spouse, intimate partner, acquaintance, or stranger – without consent:

  • 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.

Public Policy Institute of 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. Starting January 2020, if you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you must file a claim by the time you are 40 years old, or within 5 years of the discover of the abuse. Under this updated law, there is now a three year window for the revival of claims which have been barred because the statute of limitations expired.

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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:

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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Q&A

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.

Does California have a statute of limitations for rape?

The short and quick answer to the headline question posed above is that, yes, California – like most states – has a statute that limits the amount of time a person has for bringing a criminal complaint alleging a felony sexual offense against another party.

What to Do If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault?

Here are some important steps to take if you are the victim of sexual assault.

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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