There are few crimes that leave you with lasting pain, suffering, and trauma like the experience of sexual abuse and molestation. Often perpetrated by trusted friends and family members, sexual abuse can have an impact on your psychological and emotional health for decades, and require years of sustained support and therapy.
Regardless of how often the abuse happened – or whether criminal charges have been brought against your abuser – you deserve to seek justice. Although we understand that a lawsuit can sound daunting, our compassionate Clackamas sexual abuse lawyers can assist you with filing a claim against the perpetrator, and ensure that you never feel alone in this fight. With substantial experience representing sexual abuse survivors, our team at The Gatti Law Firm will hold your abuser accountable for their despicable actions in a court of law.
We’re ready to hear your story. Call (503) 543-1114 to schedule your confidential consultation with our experienced attorneys.
Common Forms of Sexual Abuse and Assault
There are many misconceptions and myths about sexual abuse out there, from the different types of abuse to the relative frequency of these crimes. While the definition does include rape and attempted rape, there are many more situations that constitute sexual abuse than some people realize. For instance, abuse can include inappropriate or forced touching, kissing, fondling, or any other behavior that could be considered to have a sexual intent.
Sexual abuse can also happen anywhere, to individuals of any age, gender, or sexual orientation. No matter who the victim is, there is simply no excuse for this kind of violation – and the law allows for civil complaints to be brought against offenders. Although civil cases often run in parallel with criminal cases, you can also bring a lawsuit regardless of the outcome in the criminal courts.
At The Gatti Law Firm, we’ve successfully brought cases in the following situations:
- Clergy member abuse
- Child abuse
- Nursing home abuse
- Coach or mentor abuse
- Teacher abuse
- Doctor or physician abuse
- Family member abuse
Why Bring a Civil Case?
Sexual abuse doesn’t always present with severe physical injuries on the outside, but the psychological pain alone can require therapy, support groups, and other treatment methods, all of which can be expensive for victims. Additionally, studies have shown that up to 50% of all PTSD cases in the U.S. population are due to rape and sexual assault. Post-traumatic stress disorder requires trauma-focused therapy and sustained medical attention in order to treat, adding to the cost of long-term medical care.
Although bringing a civil lawsuit can’t turn back time, sexual abuse survivors often report that they feel a greater sense of closure and peace of mind when they are able to hold their abuser accountable under the law. The financial recovery can also provide a welcome buffer, so that you can focus on healing from trauma without fearing for your financial stability.
For compassionate counsel on your sexual abuse case in Clackamas, call (503) 543-1114 today. We always offer free consultations.