Compassionate Support and Vigorous Pursuit of Justice
A National Center for Policy Analysis study showed that 15 out of 16 rapists
never go to jail. This may be in part because many assaults are never
reported. It may also be because many rape survivors do not know their
rights, especially if they were assaulted by someone in a position of
power such as a teacher, priest, boss or physician. The perpetrators may
have support from the school, church, workplace, etc., and receive legal
counsel. The victims need representation to fight back.
Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge provides representation to sexual
assault victims of all ages. Depending on the specifics of your case,
we may be able to file a civil suit against the perpetrator. Even if you
did not press criminal charges, a civil suit may be possible. This is
one way to hold the attacker accountable for his or her actions. Please
call our office or
contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our San Francisco sexual abuse lawyers.
The Need for Compensation
Sexual assault survivors often experience physical and mental disorders
after the assault. Common issues include sleep disorders, depression,
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, self-injury,
suicide, personality disorders, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy.
Survivors need immediate and long-term medical care to address their physical
and emotional injuries. Some people suffer anxiety and social withdrawal,
making it impossible to work or attend school. The costs of these losses
can be considerable.
Child Sexual Assault Cases
A U.S. Department of Justice study reports that 44 percent of sexual assault
and rape victims are under age 18. Minors are at risk for sexual assault
from adults whom they are supposed to trust such as:
- Teachers and coaches in public and private schools
- Childcare providers
- Scout troop leaders
- Family members and neighbors
Children with special needs are especially vulnerable because they may
not understand that they are being abused, they may have trouble clearly
communicating the abuse to others and may be unable to defend themselves
physically. In addition, they have more contact with caregivers/caretakers.
One study found that more than 40 percent of people with developmental
disabilities were sexually abused by someone involved in the person's
daily care. Adults and caregivers are not the only perpetrators, however.
A lack of supervision in the classroom can result in special needs children
being abused by other children.
Adult Sexual Assault Cases
Adults can also be assaulted by people in positions of power as well as
peers and strangers. Adult rape is frequently committed by:
- Bosses and co-workers
- Doctors and psychiatrists
Nursing home staff or other caregivers
- Law enforcement personnel
Our attorneys also have experience with sexual assault cases involving
premises liability/negligent security issues. In these cases, the assault
was made possible in part by the negligence of a property owner. Poor
lighting, lack of security cameras and systems, broken locks and other
negligence can foster an environment that makes people vulnerable to crime.
We may be able to hold the property owner accountable and seek compensation.
Contact a Sexual Abuse Lawyer in San Francisco
To schedule a free consultation, please call us today.