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Institutional Sexual Assault Lawyers

Why Do You Need an Institutional Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

In a world where trust is paramount, institutions that betray that trust through sexual abuse inflict immeasurable harm on survivors. 

The legal complexities of cases dealing with institutions like prison or jail, rehab facilities, churches, workplaces, or the military are complex. They require both legal know-how and a deep understanding of the unique challenges survivors face.

As seasoned institutional sexual abuse and assault lawyers, our team at the women-led Levin Simes law firm is committed to providing unwavering support and advocacy for survivors seeking justice. 

This page serves as a guide, shedding light on the indispensable role of a knowledgeable attorney in addressing the aftermath of institutional sexual assault or abuse. We are here to champion your cause, provide a protective barrier between you and those who harmed you, and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 for a free, confidential consultation to explore your options. Read on for more important information.

Institutional Sexual Abuse — Definition
Institutional sexual abuse refers to any unwanted sexual conduct or assault that occurs within an organization or institution, such as a school, church, sports club, or other entities. Legally, it involves the violation of an individual's rights through sexual misconduct within the scope of an institutional relationship.

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Can I Sue an Institution for Sexual Abuse?

Yes, in many instances it is possible to sue an institution for sexual abuse. However, the process can be complex and may vary depending on jurisdiction. 

Institutions, such as workplaces, schools, churches, sports organizations, or other entities, can be held legally responsible for the actions of their employees under certain circumstances.

Here are some key factors to consider — your lawyer from Levin Simes can discuss these in greater detail during your free consultation:

  • Vicarious Liability: In many jurisdictions, institutions can be held vicariously liable for the actions of their employees or agents if the abuse occurred within the scope of their employment or duties. This legal concept is crucial when holding institutions accountable for the actions of individuals associated with them.
  • Negligence: You may also have a case if you can demonstrate that the institution was negligent in its hiring, supervision, or retention of individuals who engaged in sexual abuse. Negligence claims often involve proving that the institution knew or should have known about the risk of abuse and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it.
  • Inadequate Policies and Procedures: If an institution lacks proper policies and procedures to prevent and address sexual abuse, it may be held liable for failing to provide a safe environment. This can involve a review of an institution's policies, training programs, and response mechanisms.

In addition to suing the institution itself, there may be cases where third parties, such as security companies or other contractors, could also be held responsible. If an individual’s negligence contributed to the abuse or allowed it to continue, they should be held accountable for this failure.

Protecting the reputation of an organization should never imperil men, women, or children who have been sexually abused. Those who protect institutions over an individual’s safety and dignity should face justice.

It's important to consult with an attorney experienced in institutional sexual abuse cases to assess the specific circumstances of your case. They can help you understand the legal options available to you. Contact Levin Simes by calling (415) 426-3000 as soon as possible.

What Kind of Compensation Can an Institutional Sexual Assault Attorney Help Secure?

An institutional sexual assault attorney can help survivors of sexual abuse pursue various forms of compensation, seeking to address the physical, emotional, and financial impact of the traumatic experience.

Here are common forms of compensation that an attorney may seek on behalf of survivors:

  • Medical Expenses: Reimbursement for medical expenses related to the treatment of injuries resulting from the abuse. Compensation may also be sought to cover the costs of psychological counseling and therapy required to help survivors cope with the emotional aftermath of the abuse.
  • Lost Wages: If a survivor suffered a loss of income due to the abuse, their attorney may seek compensation for lost wages or diminished earning capacity.
  • Emotional Damages: You can also seek secure funds for non-economic losses such as pain, suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • Future Damages: In cases where the survivor is likely to incur future medical expenses or face ongoing psychological challenges, the attorney may seek compensation for these anticipated damages.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases where the defendant's actions were particularly egregious or malicious, punitive damages may be sought. These damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from engaging in similar behavior.

An experienced attorney with proven results in handling institutional sexual assault cases will work closely with survivors. We assess your individual needs and seek a comprehensive and fair compensation package. 

Additionally, our attorneys seek to provide invaluable support throughout the legal process. We work to ensure our clients are aware of their rights. This helps to ease the burden of legal action by taking on the vast majority of the paperwork associated with the case. 

What Does an Institutional Sexual Abuse Attorney Do for Your Case?

An institutional sexual abuse attorney plays a crucial role in supporting survivors. An experienced attorney can help seek justice for those who have experienced sexual abuse within an institutional setting. 

Here's some of what our attorneys may do for your case:

  • Investigation: We conduct a thorough investigation to gather evidence. This may include witness statements, documentation of institutional policies, and any other relevant information.
  • Negotiation: Our team engages in negotiations with the defense or responsible parties to pursue a settlement that fairly compensates you for damages without the need for a trial, if possible.
  • Representation: If a settlement cannot be reached, represent you in court during a trial, presenting evidence and arguments to support your case.

We also take steps to protect your privacy during legal proceedings, considering the sensitive nature of institutional sexual abuse cases. Our team works to provide emotional support and resources, recognizing the challenging nature of these cases and the impact on survivors.

An experienced institutional sexual abuse attorney serves as a dedicated advocate. We guide survivors through the legal process. We work tirelessly to secure justice and compensation on their behalf.

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Contact Compassionate Institutional Sexual Abuse Lawyers

At Levin Simes, we understand the profound impact of these experiences and the courage it takes to come forward. Our institutional sexual abuse lawyers are committed to providing unwavering support for survivors seeking justice. 

Why Hire Levin Simes

The lawyers at the women-led Levins Simes have years of experience in advocating for sexual assault and abuse survivors, including leading the way in the litigation of Lyft & Uber rideshare assault cases. By choosing our legal team, you are not just securing representation; you are aligning yourself with advocates who are passionate about holding institutions accountable for their failures. 

We are dedicated to ensuring survivors receive the compensation and closure they deserve. Contact Levin Simes by calling (415) 426-3000 for a free, confidential consultation to tell your story and explore your options for the pursuit of justice.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of institutional sexual abuse, remember that you are not alone. Levin Simes stands with you through every step of the legal process, empowering you to reclaim control over your future.

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Why should you?

Reaching out to a lawyer is the first step on your path towards recovering a better quality of life. At Levin Simes, we give our undivided attention to each client, and all communications are held in the strictest of confidence. We are on hand to guide you through the process and support you at every step of the way. Contact us by filling out the form or calling us directly at (415) 993-9989.

Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should I take if I have been a victim of institutional sexual abuse?

If you've experienced institutional sexual abuse, it's crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being. For the first steps after sexual abuse, it’s recommended that you seek medical attention and report the abuse to the appropriate authorities. You should also consult with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the legal process for the next steps.

Will my identity be protected if I file a lawsuit against an institution for sexual abuse?

Legal proceedings involving sexual abuse cases can be sensitive, and your attorney can take steps to protect your identity to the extent permitted by law. Discuss confidentiality measures with your attorney from Levin Simes during your free initial consultation.

Can an institution be held accountable for covering up or failing to report sexual abuse allegations?

Yes, in many instances institutions can be held accountable for covering up or failing to report sexual abuse allegations. Negligence, breach of duty, and failure to take appropriate action can contribute to an institution's liability in such cases.

What is the statute of limitations for filing an institutional sexual abuse lawsuit?

Legal deadlines known as statutes of limitations vary by jurisdiction and can be complex. In some cases, these limitations have been extended or eliminated to allow survivors more time to come forward. It's important to consult with an attorney promptly to understand the time limits that apply to your specific situation. 

Contact Levin Simes at (415) 426-3000 as soon as possible to understand the timeline that is relevant to your circumstances.