Sexual Abuse Allegations
Rape and sexual assault are among the most devastating violent crimes.
Victims of sexual abuse or sexual assault may pursue justice through both the civil and criminal court. Each of these avenues differs significantly in terms of the necessary proof burden, the role of victims in the process, and the overarching goal.
In a criminal case, prosecutors must prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”; the State is in control of the case, and the ultimate goal is punishment of the offender.
Unfortunately, criminal convictions may be hard to win, as prosecutors must meet the strict “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard, and many defendants muddy the waters by arguing consent.
This is why victims of rape and sexual abuse are increasingly seeking justice, vindication and improved safety through civil lawsuits.
In a civil lawsuit you are in control of your case, including whether to file a lawsuit, accept a settlement offer or go to trial.
We know rape victims may recover damages and concessions in civil court, even if the accused was acquitted or never prosecuted criminally. Civil sexual assault cases require the lesser “preponderance of the evidence” proof standard.
We are committed to protecting the rights and furthering the interests of victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. We recognize the process can be arduous and painful, but it is absolutely necessary to hold violators accountable and provide survivors the vital resources they need to heal and to feel safe in the future.
We’re here to Help provide the light at the end of the tunnel.