Child Sexual Assault
San Francisco Child Sexual Assault & Abuse Lawyers
Caring representation for abuse survivors of Southern California
Just thinking about your son or daughter being sexually abused or assaulted is so horrific that you can’t imagine how anyone could commit such crimes against innocent children. Maybe you were that vulnerable child and you have managed to live with the pain for decades but know deep down that it’s time to deal with it. Healing from childhood trauma begins by holding your abuser accountable.
The child sexual abuse and assault attorneys at Taylor & Ring want to help you bring your or your child’s attacker to justice. In San Francisco and across Southern California, the time has come for those who destroyed the lives of so many to be shown that they can’t have the rest of your life, too. Our compassionate attorneys will listen and guide you in the best direction to force your abuser to answer for the anguish he or she has inflicted on your life. By bringing a civil suit against your attacker, and any institution that may have behaved negligently in hiring, supervising, or failing to report abuse, you can begin to heal.
Know how childhood sexual abuse and assault happens
Sexual abuse of a child is not something that was talked about or known much about decades ago. Today we know that these crimes are perpetrated by the very people we never dreamed could have harmed our children. No one is exempt from being capable of committing the heinous acts of child sexual abuse and assault, including:
- Foster parents
- Friends or neighbors
- Religious leaders
- Community leaders
- Youth leaders
- Medical professionals
Sexual assault or abuse does not always occur in the way most people envision it – a brutally violent, forced act. In many instances with children, the abuse is perpetrated through manipulation and pressuring tactics. Because most of these attackers have legitimate reasons to be in contact with children regularly, the coercion subtly takes place over time. Under California law sexual assault may take place in many forms, including:
- Inappropriate or unwanted touching
- Sexual exploitation, including the taking of photographs
- Any unwanted penetration of the victim
- Sexual abuse
- Attempted rape
- Any and all forced sexual acts
California’s age of consent is not flexible
The age of consent is when each state considers a person to be an adult who is mature enough to understand what it means to give permission to engage in a sexual relationship. In California, you must be 18 years of age to consent, but being under a disability that would render you unable to understand what you are agreeing to will negate that legal consent.
Someone who engages in sexual contact with a child under the age of 18 can be charged and prosecuted for a misdemeanor or felony crime in addition to being subject to a civil suit for damages for the harm you inflicted on a child.
We hold child abusers accountable in San Francisco
Holding a perpetrator of child sexual abuse or assault responsible is no longer a question of “if,” but “when” for many victims. To reach a point of peace, it often becomes necessary to hear your attacker admit to the horror of what he or she has done to you and show remorse, or at the very least to have others know the monstrous acts your abuser committed. At Taylor & Ring, we have made it our mission to help survivors and victims find the peace they need to begin healing. Filing a civil suit against your abuser is sometimes the only remedy that you have left to move on with your life and we are ready and waiting to help you through the healing process.
Your attacker is not always the only person who should be held accountable. Other parties who may be included are:
- Mandatory reporters who failed to report suspected sexual abuse or assault.
- Institutions or organizations who failed to supervise their employees, agents and volunteers.
- An entity or individual that failed to investigate and/or covered up the child sexual abuse or assault.
- Property owners who failed to implement reasonable security measures on their premises.
- Employers who negligently hired or continued to employ the assailant.
The San Francisco child sexual assault attorneys at Taylor & Ring will relentlessly protect survivors and child victims of sexual abuse and assault.
Seeking compensation for every child sexual abuse and assault victim and survivor
It is difficult not to feel angry and heartbroken when you discover that your child was sexually abused – no matter his or her age when you learn what happened. Children may not understand the flurry of emotions they are feeling and adult survivors who have lived with the abuse for years are likely devastated over the misplaced guilt and anger that has infected their lives. You are not at fault for the sexual abuse or assault that happened to you or your child. The perpetrator and anyone who helped him or her get away with the abuse is culpable, and you have the ability to place the blame where it really belongs by filing a civil action to seek justice.
You deserve to receive the care and the ability to heal that you and your family have always been entitled to through compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages designed to deter similar future behavior
- Current and future medical expenses
- Current and future counseling
- Current and future loss of income
You deserve to receive the maximum compensation for your physical and psychological injuries suffered. Speak with one of our dedicated attorneys to get started on the path to repairing your life.
What you can do if your child has been victimized
The statistics related to child sexual abuse are staggering. According to RAINN, children and teenagers are most at risk in the United States and as more reports surface that fact has become painfully evident.
- 160 boys and girls experience sexual assault or abuse every day.
- Children who have been sexually abused or assaulted are four times more likely to experience drug abuse and develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) as adults.
- Only 7% of children’s attackers are strangers
- 34% of children’s attackers are family members while 59% are teachers, clergy, coaches, and other acquaintances
Helping your loved one begin to recover from sexual assault or abuse is important and there are steps that need to be taken to give him or her the best chance of receiving justice and regaining control. Whether the victim is your child or an adult survivor, report the abuse to law enforcement immediately.
Seek medical care for the victim immediately after learning of the abuse or assault. Valuable evidence may be preserved that will solidify your case. If you are an adult survivor who was left with physical injuries from childhood assault or abuse, you need to have it documented. If you have maintained any evidence, speak with one of our attorneys to determine who to turn it over to, and how.
You should also seek out licensed counselors who specialize in child sexual abuse and assault and schedule a consultation once you find one you or your child is comfortable with. Dealing with the emotional and psychological fallout is necessary for healing.
We want you to know that you are never alone. We strongly advocate for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and assault to help shoulder the burden you have carried on your own for so long. Consult with our knowledgeable San Francisco child sex abuse attorneys at Taylor & Ring who will advise you on your best legal options for filing a civil action during your most difficult time. Passionate San Francisco child sexual abuse attorneys demanding justice for our children
San Francisco child sexual abuse attorneys demanding justice for our children
It takes an incredible amount of confidence and trust for an adult survivor or a child to come forward and talk about the most traumatic experience of his or her life – being sexually assaulted. The caring attorneys at Taylor & Ring understand that children and adult survivors need to feel safe and secure when speaking up to defend themselves against their attackers and we stand with the victims of childhood sexual abuse and assault through every step of the healing process. Talk to our lawyers today at 310-776-6390 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation.