Those who are victims of sexual abuse are typically frightened to press charges or report the crime committed against them. This may be due to feelings associated with the trauma, fear of retaliation or punishment, not wanting to alarm family members, the thought that no one will believe them, etc.
The offender often turns out to be someone the person knows, although not always. Sexual abuse can also come from within trusted establishments, such as schools, clubs, churches, synagogues, and other community centers. These situations are particularly disturbing and often involve intentional cover-ups.
Whether someone is the victim of a singular assault, or repeated abuse, crimes of this nature can be detrimental and cause severe emotional trauma and physical harm. In order to obtain justice for victims of sexual assault, the team at The Donahey Law Firm is here to offer our legal experience and dedication.
When someone is the victim of sexual violence, they are usually entitled to compensation from the offender and/or the establishment that employed the offender, such as a school or church. Victims of sex crimes are able to file civil lawsuits, as well.
If criminal proceedings have failed, then a civil lawsuit can provide victims with the opportunity to gain some measure of justice after an assault, and ensure the offender is held accountable in some way. It also allows victims to seek financial compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering, and any additional damages.
Compassion, Integrity, and Experience
The Donahey Law Firm has been successfully helping clients seek compensation and justice in personal injury cases, nursing home abuse cases, auto accidents, and more for over 50 years. When it comes to understanding the intricacies and legal processes behind filing against a person who committed harmful actions against another, we are the Ohio law firm you can trust.
In sexual abuse cases, there are many emotional difficulties survivors will have to face. We try to make it a little bit easier by helping our clients fight for the justice they deserve by taking care of every detail of the legal proceedings, giving them time to focus on healing.
Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is a particularly heinous crime. This type of abuse can cause irreparable harm to a child, including emotional trauma, physical or psychological damage, and other consequences.
Child sexual abuse cases are difficult for everyone involved, especially the victim and their family. Often, children are abused by neighbors, adults in educational positions such as teachers, mentors, or coaches, and even family members. Seeking justice for these victims can be complicated and grueling, which is why The Donahey Law Firm dedicates extensive resources to these types of cases.
When you reach out to The Donahey Law Firm after sexual abuse has affected you or a member of your family, you are working with one of the most experienced law firms in the state of Ohio. We have the knowledge and resources to help clients pursue legal action to the fullest extent, defend their rights, and demand accountability and seek justice for the crimes committed against them.
When a person who was sexually assaulted comes forward, it can be incredibly difficult for them to talk about what happened, let alone pursue legal action. However, offenders who commit these types of crimes should be held accountable whenever possible, and victims of sexual abuse often need assistance recovering compensation for damages incurred.
Some examples of recoverable damages, both economic and non-economic, in sexual abuse cases are listed below.
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages and/or Benefits
- Reduced Earning Ability
- Emotional Distress/Mental Anguish
- Pain and Suffering
- Therapy/Counseling – e.g. for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression
- Property Damage
- Loss of Companionship
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The Donahey Law Firm – Sexual Assault Lawyers in Ohio
If you are planning on filing a sexual assault lawsuit, you likely have many questions. The Donahey Law Firm is here to answer all of them, and help you pursue your case from start to finish.
We understand how deeply these cases affect the physical and emotional well-being of the victims, especially children. This is why we organize the best legal strategy possible, ensuring it is always specific to each case, and that our clients fully understand all their options before moving forward.
If you are the survivor of sexual abuse and struggling to find an attorney who will be dedicated to winning your case, reach out to the team at The Donahey Law Firm today. We will stand by your side in the courtroom, advocate for you, gather evidence and all pertinent details to support your case, and handle all motions with confidentiality and respect for your privacy.
Call us today at (800) 792-1480 to request a free consultation at our law office in Columbus, Ohio- If you cannot come to us, we will come to you via our mobile office.