California Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Serving Clients throughout Southern California
The deep emotional scars of sexual abuse often last a lifetime. While children and the elderly are most vulnerable to be taken advantage of, sexual abuse can happen at any point in a person’s life—to both men and women.
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Claims
Since many childhood victims of sexual abuse often have repressed memories of their abuse or face pressure to keep silent about their experience, the state of California provides an extended period of time for such victims to take legal action against their abuser. California law permits adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse to file suit anytime before their 26th birthday or within three years of the time they discover that their psychological injuries were caused by the abuse. A parent may bring a claim on behalf of a child.
Typical Sexual Abusers
These very difficult cases are further complicated by the fact that the abuser is often in a position of trust to the victim such as a teacher, coach, care giver, clergy, therapist, doctor, or family member. Victims often fear retaliation and shame from their family and friends for speaking out against someone who is known to be a trustworthy individual. Our Orange County sexual abuse lawyers understand the delicate nature of these cases and the very complex emotions and reality that victims face. We work compassionately with our clients to obtain justice on behalf of those who have had their trust violated in such a horrific way.
Seeking Justice for Sexual Abuse
In many cases, the institution where the abuse occurred, such as the school, hospital, religious organization, or care facility, may also be liable to the victim. This occurs when the institution hires an individual that it knew or should have known was not fit for the job, fails to properly supervise employees who are left alone with children, failed to properly secure and monitor its premises, or if the employee abuser was acting in the course and scope of his or her employment. When an institution’s negligence or gross disregard for the safety and well-being of those within its care puts sexual abusers in positions of power, they may be held liable for their actions. Our Orange County sexual abuse lawyers can help you hold an institution responsible for such atrocities, no matter how big or pervasive the institution is.
Contact an Injury Attorney in Southern California
At Spray, Gould & Bowers LLP, we understand the delicate nature of sexual abuse cases and work compassionately with clients as we aggressively pursue justice on their behalf. If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, it is important to contact one of our experienced California sexual abuse lawyers as soon as possible. We will help you understand your rights and the legal recourse available to you as we work diligently to help you bring a close to this chapter in your life.
Contact an Orange County sexual abuse lawyer at (888) 427-8064 to schedule a free initial case review.