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Sexual Assault Investigation Process: How Long Does it Take?

By Levin Simes
May 15, 2024
After a sexual assault, it is important to trust your lawsuit to a compassionate and caring lawyer who will fight for you.

Very few things are more devastating than a sexual assault. It is a profoundly traumatic experience that can have long-lasting effects on a person's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. 

Survivors often face many challenges in the aftermath. They may be dealing with feelings of fear, shame, and helplessness. The trauma of sexual assault can disrupt every aspect of a person's life, affecting their relationships, their sense of self-worth, and their ability to trust others.

There is no standard timeline for a sexual assault investigation. Every case is unique. Some investigations take a few weeks while others may take a year or more. An attorney can keep you updated throughout the process. 

In some cases, survivors are hesitant to pursue legal action against the person who has harmed them. However, by bringing sexual assault lawsuits, survivors help hold responsible parties accountable and create safer communities. 

If you are ready to discuss your sexual assault lawsuit, contact Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our team of compassionate and caring lawyers is standing by to answer your questions and help you take the first step in the legal process. Read on to learn more about what can affect the timeline of a sexual assault investigation. 

How Long Does A Sexual Assault Investigation Take?

Before beginning the sexual assault investigation process, you should first seek support and help from organizations like RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network). RAINN can connect you to counselors and professionals who can help you take care of yourself after a sexual assault. 

The duration of a sexual assault investigation can vary widely depending on numerous factors. Some factors that may influence the duration of a sexual assault investigation include: 

  • The complexity of the case
  • The availability of evidence
  • The cooperation of witnesses and parties involved
  • The policies and procedures of the law enforcement agency handling the investigation

While some investigations may be completed relatively quickly, others may take weeks, months, or even longer to reach a conclusion. There is no set timeline for a sexual assault investigation. The process can be emotionally difficult to process and handle alone. 

Still, many survivors find strength and resilience in their journey toward healing. With the support of loved ones, advocates, mental health professionals, and dedicated legal teams survivors can reclaim their sense of agency, rebuild their lives, and advocate for change.

Sexual Assault Investigation Procedures

Sexual assault investigations can be traumatic events. Sexual assault is a serious issue that must be dealt with accordingly. Sometimes, sexual assault investigation procedures will differ based on where the sexual assault occurred. For example, the procedure may be slightly different for sexual assault that occurred in the workplace versus sexual assault that occurred in a Lyft or Uber

No matter the circumstances, it is important to remember that sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault. 

Sexual assault investigations are conducted by law enforcement agencies following specific procedures designed to gather evidence, ensure the integrity of the investigation, and protect the rights of all parties involved. 

There are two different types of cases you can pursue: civil sexual assault lawsuits or criminal sexual assault lawsuits. You can pursue a civil case, and your lawyer can help you communicate with police or prosecutors if there is a criminal case ongoing. An attorney will work to protect your rights, reputation, and privacy.

If you have experienced a sexual assault, seek medical attention and file a police report as soon as possible. Law enforcement can help gather important evidence that can be utilized in a later lawsuit. 

When you are ready, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit. It is important to consult with an attorney to make sure you are properly following the statute of limitations – or the window of time during which a sexual assault lawsuit can be filed. Consult with an attorney to learn more about California-specific statutes of limitations. 

You may be wondering, “How long do sexual assault investigations take?” While there is no set timeline for how long a sexual assault investigation or lawsuit will take, an attorney can help you avoid delays and simplify the process. 

When you are ready, contact Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000. Our team is standing by to answer your questions and help you begin the legal process.

Compensation Available in Sexual Assault Lawsuits 

In civil sexual assault lawsuits, survivors may seek compensation for the harm they have suffered as a result of the assault. The specific types and amounts of compensation can vary depending on factors such as the severity of the assault and the extent of the injuries sustained. 

Some types of compensation that may be available in civil sexual assault lawsuits may include: 

  • Compensation for therapy and counseling: Survivors may seek compensation for the cost of therapy, counseling, or mental health treatment to address the emotional and psychological effects of the assault. This may include individual therapy, group therapy, trauma-focused therapy, and other forms of treatment.
  • Lost wages or lost income: Survivors may seek compensation for lost wages and income resulting from the assault. This can include time taken off work for medical treatment, therapy, or recovery. 
  • Emotional hardship: These are also known as “pain and suffering” awards. They are meant to provide compensation to the survivors for the mental hardship they have experienced due to the assault. Emotional hardship recovery is not available in every case so it is important to discuss your case with an attorney to determine if you qualify. 
  • Punitive awards: Punitive awards are intended to send a message that sexual assault is not tolerated and to hold the perpetrator accountable for their actions.

The availability and amount of compensation in sexual assault lawsuits can vary depending on the specific facts and circumstances of each case. The types of relief available may also depend on the laws and legal standards in the jurisdiction where the lawsuit is filed. 

Consulting with an experienced attorney who is experienced in sexual assault cases can help survivors understand their rights and pursue the full and fair compensation they deserve for the harm they have sustained.

Contact Levin Simes Today 

Hiring an attorney to handle your sexual assault lawsuit is one of the most important steps in the legal process. The attorneys at Levin Simes understand both the emotional and legal complexities of sexual assault lawsuits. We know how important it is to fight for justice while maintaining compassion for the survivor. 

Our team has secured many victories for our clients and has helped win justice for many sexual assault survivors. When you are ready, contact the sexual assault lawyers from Levin Simes online or by calling (415) 426-3000

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