Los Angeles Sexual Assault Attorneys Protecting Adult Victims of Childhood Abuse
Upholding the Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims throughout Southern California
Children who are suffering from sexual abuse cope the best they can, which often involves attempting to ignore their feelings and staying silent. But the pain and shame do not go away when the abuse stops. It surfaces in other ways, from depression and eating disorders to substance abuse and risky behaviors. According to a study, 28 to 33 percent of women and 12 to 18 percent of men were victims of childhood or adolescent sexual abuse.
At the Los Angeles sexual abuse law firm of Taylor & Ring, we support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in taking the steps toward justice and healing. While you may understand on an intellectual level that the abuse you suffered was not your fault, you may still be trapped in negative thought patterns and self-destructive behaviors.
You Have Legal Options Available to You
We represent adult victims of childhood sexual abuse in civil lawsuits throughout Southern California and statewide. Our role is to hold the perpetrator accountable, as well as the other adults who could have prevented or stopped the abuse, but failed to do so, including the organization itself.
Current California state legislation requires survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file notice of a civil lawsuit before their 26th birthday. But that time frame can be shorter, or sometimes longer, depending on a variety of factors. It is a complex part of the law.
Contact us at 310-776-6390 for a free consultation when you are ready to talk to one of our attorneys about your experiences.
How Taylor & Ring Can Help
We represent adults who were abused by priests or religious workers, Scout leaders, teachers or classroom aides, day care workers, coaches, police officers and other adults in positions of trust or authority.
Talking about the abuse with a counselor, mental health professional or supportive person in your life can be of great help. Counseling can help give you an important perspective that may allow you to break free from the internalized messages that result from childhood sexual abuse. You may begin to see how the abuse has colored your self-esteem, your relationships and indeed every facet of your life.
Long-Term Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adult Survivors
According to an article, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to suffer from depression, six times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs and four times more likely to contemplate suicide.
Our attorneys are familiar with the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. In seeking monetary compensation, we look at how the abuse has impacted all areas of the victim’s life and relationships. The harm is usually dramatic and substantial. That is why many of these lawsuits ultimately settle for millions of dollars. That amount reflects the tremendous amount of harm that was inflicted.
Take the First Steps Toward Getting Your Life Back
To discuss your case and the civil justice process, call the sexual abuse lawyers of Taylor & Ring at 310-776-6390 or contact us online for a free consultation. No matter how much time has passed, justice and healing are still possible.