According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 284,350 reported cases of sexual assault in the United States in 2014. That’s nearly 800 sexual assaults every day of the year. Because many sexual assaults go unreported, the true incidence of this horrible crime is actually much higher.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, Ventura Law can be a trusted, confidential source of support through this very difficult time in your life. We will listen to you, we will explain your rights, and we will offer advice on the tough decisions you are facing.
When serving as your lawyer, Ventura Law can act confidentially on your behalf. We can make arrangements for medical care and psychological counseling. We can work with law enforcement officials to ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are respected. We will protect your privacy.
Your discussions with Ventura Law are 100 percent confidential. Even if you choose not to retain us or if, for some reason, we are unable to take your case. You do not have to worry about any of your personal details being made public.
Your Rights As a Victim of Sexual Assault
Sexual assault victims often suffer horrific physical and emotional trauma. In addition to bodily injuries, sexual assault can leave a legacy of depression, alcohol and drug abuse, feelings of anger, inability to form trusting relationships, feelings of helplessness and unwarranted feelings of self-blame and guilt.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you should know that the law gives you a right to be fully compensated for your damages. The law provides compensation for:
- medical care and psychological therapy expenses;
- lost income and lost capacity to earn;
- psychological damage;
- damage to family relationships;
- pain and suffering; and
- punitive damages, in some cases.
The assailant in a sexual assault case is often the only party responsible for the crime. However, victims of sexual assault may file claims against other individuals who failed to take reasonable steps to protect the victim against the foreseeable danger of sexual assault. Landlords, employers, hospitals, foster home placement agencies, schools and universities have all been held liable for their carelessness in creating the circumstances that led to a sexual assault.
Ventura Law will make sure that all responsible parties are held accountable while we work for full and fair compensation. We will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can begin to move forward with your life. Ventura Law takes all cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you.
Do Not Delay Seeking Legal Help
Often, misplaced feelings of guilt and embarrassment prevent sexual assault victims from seeking help and legal redress. If you have been sexually assaulted, it is vitally important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
There is a statute of limitations for sexual assault claims. If you wait too long, your rights will be lost. Victims of child molestation may still file a claim as an adult for a certain number of years after reaching the age of 18.