The statistics are astounding. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey done in 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control, it is estimated that:
There are approximately 2 million female victims of rape in California.
There are approximately 8.6 million female survivors of sexual violence other than rape in California.
If these numbers are accurate, why are there so few civil lawsuits by victims of rape and sexual violence? The answer is that most victims of rape or sexual violence don’t know they can sue their attacker in civil court for money damages and they don’t know how to find a civil attorney who specializes in this type of case.
If you are a victim of rape or sexual assault, you should first call the police to file a police report and then you should call Higher Legal to find a civil attorney who will represent you in court for money damages against your attacker.
Higher Legal is a California State Bar Certified Referral Service. You can reach a civil attorney now by calling (424) 388-1000 and there is no charge to speak with the attorney. The call is completely confidential and all information you provide is protected under the California Evidence Code.
The California Penal Code definition of sexual assault includes:
Oral copulation, and
The California Penal Code definition of sexual battery includes:
Touching the intimate parts of another person who is unlawfully restrained;
Touching the intimate parts of a person who is disabled, institutionalized or otherwise medically incapacitated;
Violating a person who is unconscious; and
Unwanted sexual touching (including between an employer or employee).
These are a few of the actions that can be the basis of a civil sexual assault case. If you are a victim, call Higher Legal now at (424) 388-1000 and speak with a lawyer immediately.
There is a big difference between a civil case and criminal case in California.
In a criminal sexual assault case, you don’t file the case, it’s filed by the prosecutor (the “DA”) on behalf of “the people” and you don’t control the case and you don’t get anything out of the case. You are simply a witness in the criminal case. The purpose of the criminal case is to see if your attacker will go to prison. A civil case is much different.
In a civil sexual assault case, you are the one who files the case and sues your attacker. You control the case. You also can get something very valuable out of the case, money that will help you recover and give you a fresh start. The purpose of the civil case is to get money damages for you. And you can file a civil case even if a criminal case was never filed, but act fast because there are statute of limitations that require you to timely file your civil case.
If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault, call State Bar Certified Higher Legal right now at (424) 388-1000 and speak with an attorney who can help you. There is no charge to speak with an attorney and your call is completely confidential and protected by the California Evidence Code.
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