Los Angeles Rape Victims Attorney

Rape Victim Lawyers in Los Angeles

According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Justice, an average of 89,000 rape cases is reported in the United States annually. Victims of rape are not only severely traumatized in the short term, but commonly suffer psychological and emotional effects for years after the trauma occurred.

At the law firm of Taylor & Ring, we have substantial experience representing victims of rape in civil litigation. We know that a lawsuit can be a powerful catalyst for healing and achieving a sense of justice, but that it can also bring painful memories, fears and feelings to the surface. Our attorneys are here to support you through the entire process. Even if you are not ready to initiate a lawsuit, it is important to preserve your rights before the statute of limitations (deadlines) expires.

Our firm handles sexual assault and rape cases throughout greater Los Angeles, Southern California and statewide. Contact our Los Angeles rape victim attorneys today at 310-776-6390 for a free consultation.

Pursuing Justice for Adult Rape Victims

We have handled high-profile and precedent-setting cases, and have won a wide spectrum of verdicts and settlements for rape victims. These cases have involved:

  • Adult victims of rape
  • Sexual assault of disabled or vulnerable adults
  • Adult survivors of childhood sex abuse

Beyond exposing the perpetrators, our legal advocacy focuses on holding property ownersemployers or security companies accountable for failing to protect victims. We seek restitution for physical injuries, emotional trauma and psychological effects, all of which can have a tangible financial impact.

5 Things You Must Know as a Victim of Rape or Sexual Abuse

If you are a victim of rape in Los Angeles or Southern California, here are five things you should know:

  1. IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT. Do not blame yourself for the heinous actions of your perpetrator. You did nothing to “invite” or “allow” the attack because no one asks to be abused. Rapists and sexual predators lie to get what they want. They use manipulation, deception, and psychological and physical violence to abuse their victims. Direct your energy in a more productive manner by focusing your attention on the truly culpable parties. This will allow you to recover your sense of wellbeing during this extremely difficult time.
  2. YOU NEED LEGAL COUNSEL. Rape is a particularly sensitive subject, and you may have a difficult time speaking about the experience. Time is of the essence though, and it is important that you contact a lawyer who specializes in helping victims of sexual assault as soon as possible. Rape cases usually involve a statute of limitations, which restricts the amount of time you have to file a legal claim. While we know that legal restitution does not completely heal the trauma you feel, it does help many achieve a sense of closure and holds dangerous criminals responsible for their actions.
  3. YOU ARE NOT POWERLESS. Helplessness and powerlessness are two of the most dangerous effects of rape and sexual assault. The experienced Los Angeles sexual abuse lawyers of Taylor & Ring want you to know that you do hold the power and strength to help put your perpetrator behind bars.
  4. YOU CAN HEAL. Rape or sexual assault can make you feel like you will never get better. Though the psychological and emotional effects are long lasting, proper care and healing is within your reach. Do not lose hope and consider professional counseling as a valuable tool for recovery.
  5. RESPONSIBILITY MAY NOT BE LIMITED TO THE PERPETRATOR ALONE. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the abuse, other parties may share responsibility for the pain you endured. If you were raped by a co-worker, client, customer or supervisor, or your attacker was at work at the time of your assault, that employer may hold some liability as well. Additionally, the owner of the premises on which you were raped may also be held accountable if he or she failed to maintain a reasonably safe and secure environment for the public.

Relaxed Statute of Limitation Laws Don’t Apply to Civil Rape Cases in California

In September of 2016, the California state legislature voted to eliminate the statute of limitations from criminal rape cases. The lifting of these restrictions means that charges can be brought regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the alleged rape. While this change is widely seen as a win for victim’s rights in criminal cases, it is important for the residents of Los Angeles and Southern California to understand that the civil statute of limitations has not changed when seeking .

The new legislation states, in part:

Existing law generally requires that the prosecution of a felony sex offense be commenced within 10 years after the commission of the offense. Under existing law, prosecution for the crimes of rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration, if committed against a victim who was under 18 years of age, may be commenced at any time prior to the victim’s 40th birthday.

Under this new legislation, prosecutors are no longer bound by these time limitations when deciding to bring criminal charges against a person accused of rape. This applies to all rape crimes committed after January 1, 2017, as well as those committed before that date, as long as the previous statute of limitations has not yet expired.

What sexual abuse victims need to know about the statute of limitations in civil cases

While this change has a significant effect on criminal rape cases, it does not affect cases where victims of rape and sexual assault seek monetary compensation from the offender. Plaintiffs in these civil cases must still follow strict statute of limitations or risk losing the ability to ever bring a lawsuit. Here are some important facts that sexual abuse victims need to know about the California statute of limitations in civil cases:

  • Under California law, victims of sexual abuse generally have two years to file a civil suit against the perpetrator.
  • For minor victims, the time starts to run at the age of majority and allows eight years for the filing of a civil suit. This means that a child rape victim generally has until the age of 26 to file a civil claim for damages.
  • California also provides for an extension of the statute of limitations under circumstances where child sexual assault is not discovered until after the statute of limitations has expired. In these cases, the state allows three years from the date of discovery for the filing of a civil lawsuit.
  • In lawsuits against governmental entities, which includes cases involving school districts or other government agencies, victims are allowed six months to file an initial claim.

California Attorneys for Victims of Sex Crimes

For purposes of a civil lawsuit, rape and sexual assault are somewhat interchangeable terms that refer to nonconsensual sexual contact:

  • Forcible penetration or oral sex
  • Coerced sex through use of weapons or other threat of harm
  • Touching of private parts, under or over clothing
  • Taking advantage of someone incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
  • Use of date rape drugs
  • Attempted sexual assault

Seeking Justice for Rape Victims in Los Angeles and Beyond

Contact Taylor & Ring immediately at 310-776-6390 to arrange a free confidential consultation. One of our experienced and compassionate Los Angeles rape lawyers will sit down to listen to your story, explain your rights and explore your legal options.

You do not have to suffer in silence, and you do have rights when it comes to surviving rape. We are committed to obtaining compensation for every way in which our client’s life is altered and diminished as an adult rape victim.

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