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Seattle Sex Abuse Attorneys

  1. What Is Sexual Abuse?
  2. The Legal Rights for Victims of Sex Abuse in Seattle Washington
  3. Notable Sex Abuse Cases in Seattle
  4. How Our Lawyers Can Help You After You Suffered Sexual Abuse in Seattle
  5. How Long Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Families Have to Take Legal Action
  6. Get in Touch with Herschensohn Law for Help with Your Seattle Sex Abuse Case

After surviving sex abuse in Seattle, you should take care of yourself before anything else and have access to the treatment you need to help you cope with this trauma. You also have the right to hold the perpetrator of this crime accountable for their actions. Instead of tackling this task on your own, have an attorney with Herschensohn Law go to bat for you.

While you get help, our lawyers can investigate the instances of abuse, identify the liable parties, and go after the compensation you are entitled to recover. Give us a call today at (206) 588-4344 to learn more about how we can assist you. Our team offers a free case review to all potential clients.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse refers to any form of sexual contact between a child and an adult or older child. The act may involve physical force, threat, or manipulation. It can also include showing pornography, exposing children to sexual acts, or forcing them to watch or participate in sexual  acts.

Sex abuse in Seattle often happens when the victim is young and unable to understand what’s happening or unable to give consent. Sex perpetrators may use force, trickery, or emotional manipulation to exploit the victim.

While many of the sex abuse cases involve minors, even adults are victims of this crime. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one in ten women is abused by their partner, and 8% of rape occurrences happen at workplaces. All victims of sexual abuse have the right to pursue the liable party for compensation and justice.

The Legal Rights for Victims of Sex Abuse in Seattle Washington

The abuser, the person who failed to protect them, or even the institution that enabled the abuse to happen may be at fault for the sexual abuse you endured.

Once you have identified the responsible party, a lawyer from our team can evaluate what damages you sustained as a result of the abuse. You may be eligible to recover compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Therapy and counseling costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income
  • Mental anguish

Although they’re rare, sexual abuse survivors may be entitled to obtain punitive damages. These damages aim to punish the other party for the injuries and hardship they caused you. Your lawyer can determine whether you qualify for this form of compensation.

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Notable Sex Abuse Cases in Seattle

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There are many notable cases in Seattle that have brought attention to the issue of sexual abuse and helped victims get justice.

Clergy Abuse

While churches are supposed to provide spiritual nourishment and comfort for the community, they can be breeding grounds for predators. In fact, several people have filed lawsuits against the Catholic Church in Washington state, alleging that it failed to protect children from sexually abusive priests and cover-ups by church leaders.

Per the Seattle Times, in 2016, Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain released the names of persons who had been credibly accused of sexually abusing children from 1923 to 2008. He also apologized to victims and their families for the church’s failure to protect children from abuse by clergy members.

Abuse in Schools

Schools have also been targeted by predators because of the access they have to children and the ability to be alone with them. Schools have been sued for failing to protect students from sexual abuse by teachers, coaches, and other staff members. 

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How Our Lawyers Can Help You After You Suffered Sexual Abuse in Seattle

Suffering sexual abuse takes a toll on every part of your life. After going through such a trauma, you should focus on putting your life back together and healing, not building a legal case against the other party. Have one of our sexual abuse attorneys at Herschensohn Law take charge of it on your behalf.

They can:

  • Speak to specialists and experts
  • Interview witnesses
  • Gather medical records and other types of evidence
  • Identify the responsible party and hold them accountable
  • Recover a settlement during negotiations
  • Maintain communication with parties involved
  • Fight for you during a trial, if needed

We want you to be a part of this case as much as possible, so our attorneys can keep you posted on the status of your case. If you still have questions, contact us right away. With Herschensohn Law on your side, you’ll never be in the dark.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire Our Seattle Sexual Abuse Lawyers?

We understand that this may be a difficult time for you, not just physically and emotionally but also financially. Our attorneys consider these hardships, so they can take your case on contingency.

Under this payment agreement, we don’t take our fees unless and until we recover for you. So, we don’t ask for anything hourly, up front, or out of pocket.

How Long Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Families Have to Take Legal Action

The statute of limitations for sex abuse is complicated. RCW 4.16.340 extended the amount of time a victim has to take action. Survivors must file within: 

  • Three years of the date of the action that caused the injury; or
  • Three years of the date that they discovered the abuse occurred; or
  • Three years of the date that they knew or should have known that their abuse caused their injury

The statute of limitations also pauses until after a child has turned 18. You should not be tasked with determining when the time for taking action expires. Our team will help you determine how long you have to take legal action and protect your right to seek justice.

“Zach will always take time and give you quality advice that you can trust. Highly recommended!”

- P.R., Katy, WA

Get in Touch with Herschensohn Law for Help with Your Seattle Sex Abuse Case

If you or a loved one suffered sex abuse in Seattle, you may have grounds to hold the other party accountable for your damages. A lawyer from Herschensohn Law can investigate what happened, review the evidence, and pursue the compensation you need to get back on your feet.

Call Herschensohn Law today at (206) 588-4344 for a free consultation.

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