Have you or a loved one been a victim of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or sexual abuse?
Sexual assault, abuse, and exploitation have a tremendous impact on survivors and their families. Representing adult and child victims of these sex crimes brings unique legal challenges which are different from other personal injury cases. If you are in need of a Dallas sexual assault attorney, contact us right away for a free consultation.
Hiring an Experienced Dallas Sexual Assault Attorney
The team at Van Wey Law has years of experience in representing victims of sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in civil litigation against youth serving-organizations and institutions such as Churches, Colleges, and Universities, schools, daycares, youth programs, or youth sports organizations.
One of our lawyers first got involved with helping victims of sexual abuse by working on, what was at the time, the largest clergy sexual abuse case in the United States.
Working with victims and their families and assisting them in obtaining justice and closure was why she wanted to be a trial lawyer in the first place—to make an impact.
What to Expect from a Sexual Assault Case
Unlike a criminal case, which is brought by the State to prosecute the perpetrator with the goal of incarceration, in a civil case victims can directly bring legal action against not only their abuser but also the institutions and organizations that aided and abetted the perpetrator in gaining access to the victim in order to recover monetary compensation for their damages.
In civil cases, victims have control of the process with the opportunity to obtain closure by holding the abuser and other responsible third parties accountable for the harm caused. Usually, the victim is able to pursue a case using a pseudonym. This means reporting the abuser, and pursuing a civil case against the abuser usually does not require revealing your information to the public.
If you or your child have suffered sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation in an institutional setting, one of the first things to do is to report the abuser to law enforcement – it is important to make sure other potential victims are not at risk.
Common Injuries Associated with Sexual Assault
The injuries associated with sexual abuse and assault are extremely complex and must be properly developed for a trial. Usually, the harm caused is not visible to the eye, but rather is internalized by the victim and can have a lifelong impact. Often victims must seek out counseling to deal with the effects of the abuse.
Some of the common injuries and damages associated with sexual assault and abuse include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty getting and keeping a job
- Poor academic and job performance
- Substance abuse
- Loss of trust in authority figures
- Difficulties in personal/sexual relationship
- Loss of Faith
- Suicidal thoughts/attempts
Hiring a Dallas Sexual Assault Attorney
If you or your child have suffered sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation in an institutional setting, one of the first things to do is to report the abuser to law enforcement – it is important to make sure other potential victims are not at risk. Then, call us for a confidential, no-cost initial consultation. Finding justice and closure by holding wrongdoers accountable can help the healing process. An experienced Dallas sexual assault attorney on the Van Wey Law team can help.