Sexual abuse has lifelong consequences for victims. Although anyone can be a victim of sexual abuse, children and the elderly are especially vulnerable. Unfortunately, the criminal justice system often fails to provide full justice for victims. Even when those who perpetrated the abuse are punished, others who facilitated it may never see a day in court.
The law does allow victims to pursue civil litigation, which makes it possible to hold individuals and institutions accountable for allowing abuse to occur. Filing a lawsuit can help you get compensation for the damage the abuse caused you. A Charleston sexual abuse attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue litigation. At Howell & Christmas, our experienced attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these types of cases and have provided legal representation to many people facing the aftermath of abuse. Give us a call now to get answers to questions including:
- Why file a civil lawsuit after sexual abuse?
- Who can be sued for sexual abuse in South Carolina?
- How can a Charleston sexual abuse attorney help you?
Why File a Civil Lawsuit After Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can have physical and emotional consequences. Medical treatment for injuries sustained in the abuse may be necessary, as well as treatment for medical conditions transmitted by the abuser. Emotional ramifications are often life-long. A victim may require therapy and for conditions like PTSD or depression.
Victims deserve to be fully compensated for medical expenditures and emotional damages caused by the abuse. The criminal justice system is aimed at only aimed at punishing the abuser and does little to help the victim and nothing to hold those who facilitated the abuse accountable. A civil lawsuit can help abuse survivors receive the compensation they need to move on with their lives. Institutions like daycare centers, nursing homes, and religious groups whose negligence resulted in the abuse can also be forced to pay for their part in the wrongful behavior.
Who Can Be Sued for Sexual Abuse?
A perpetrator of abuse can be sued, but many civil lawsuits are filed not against the abuser but against institutions and businesses that allowed the abuse. This could include:
- Nursing homes with inadequate supervision of patients or with abusive staff.
- Daycare centers and other institutions entrusted with the care of children.
- Religious groups and institutions.
- School or sports programs.
- Building and property owners whose inadequate security facilities an assault.
A civil lawsuit may be filed against any individual or business whose negligence resulted in the abuse. The plaintiff in a sexual abuse lawsuit must prove the defendant’s failure to fulfill their legal duties was the cause of the abuse.
How Can a Charleston Sexual Abuse Attorney Help?
A Charleston sexual abuse attorney can assist victims and their families in determining who to hold accountable. Your attorney will provide guidance, advice and advocacy as you investigate, gather evidence, and move forward with a claim. Many victims want to avoid a trial, so an attorney can help to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. An attorney can also provide you with aggressive representation in litigation if your case goes to trial.
Howell & Christmas attorneys have more than 40 years of collective experience and we’ve handled complex, emotional, challenging cases. We are prepared to provide you with advice and guidance throughout the process of a claim after sexual abuse. Give us a call today to learn more.