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Surviving Rape is a Traumatic Experience but There is Hope

September 24, 2018

Surviving Rape is a Traumatic Experience but There is Hope

Anyone who has gone through the experience of rape knows how traumatic it can be. Not only have they suffered from a physical assault on their bodies, but they may often feel embarrassed, ashamed, and other feelings. At Justice 4 Crime Victims we are always here to stand with the victims of sexual assault. No matter how it may feel, you are not alone.

Keep reading to find out how you can get help after a sexual assault. Then reach out to our offices at 949-585-9055 if you want to learn more about having a qualified California attorney by your side to assure your rights are maintained.

There are steps you can take to feel better

It can feel as though the pain you feel today will stay with you forever but past victims have found hope and help by taking a variety of steps. This includes getting prompt medical care including a rape kit, reporting their assault to the police, and following through via testimony in court, identification, etc. Victims often get help via counseling or therapy.

Civil litigation may help bring justice

The sad truth is that the vast majority of sexual assault cases in the United States go unpunished. You do not have control over the criminal law system but you can file a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator or other parties that are responsible.

You may ask, “How can anyone else be responsible?” The truth is that all situations are different but it is often the case that another person aided and abetted the assailant, whether directly or indirectly. For example, a retail property owner may not have had proper lighting in their parking lot, a landlord may have allowed for dangerous conditions on their property, or a caregiver in a hospital, nursing home, etc. many not have taken care to protect residents.

Consider this example: A landlord knows that the secure entry to an apartment building is not functioning correctly but elects not to repair it. Months later, a man walks in through the broken door and sexually assaults a woman. It may be that if that door had remained secure the way it was supposed to be that the assailant would not have had access to the property.

We are here to help you through this process

When you decide to work with a victim’s rights attorney, you can count on us to speak on your behalf both in court and at any sentencing hearing. If necessary, we can file restraining orders or take additional steps to keep you safe from the rapist. We can make sure that the prosecutor listens to you and takes your case seriously.

We have helped victims through these and other traumatic experiences and we know the available services that may help you, whether it’s help with housing, mental health counseling, childcare, health care, or even financial help. Contact us at 949-585-9055 for your free legal consultation.