Sex Abuse Lawsuits
Victims of sex abuse can pursue civil claims or sex abuse lawsuits for damage caused by their abuser.
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, you may pursue civil claims sex abuse lawsuits against both the abuser and the party or organization that failed to protect you. Understandably, few survivors of sex abuse or sexual assault want to discuss the event with anyone, let alone a stranger. Most are anxious to leave the damage behind by just forgetting, even if the perpetrator has been held criminally liable.
Sadly, too many organizations – churches, schools, scouting organizations, hospital facilities and even state run agencies – fail to adequately safeguard victims from potential sexual abuse. So even when an abuser is convicted of their crime, it can seem that justice has not been fully served.
Sex abuse lawsuits may help a victim to feel both empowered and vindicated. For one, you may be compensated for the harm done as a result of the abuse or assault. Moreover, where an organization is liable a civil suit may serve as incentive to change whatever institutional failures led the abuse. In that way, a civil suit may help to prevent the same thing from happening to others.
If you were a victim of sex abuse and want to know more about whether to pursue a civil claim or sex abuse lawsuit, please contact the Seattle injury attorneys at Peterson Baker to discuss the issue.