Sexual Abuse FAQs
Sexual Abuse Attorneys Assisting Anchorage Victims
In the aftermath of a sexual assault or sexual abuse, victims will often have wide-ranging
questions. In addition to the uncertainty that trauma brings, those who have suffered a sexual
assault may also be unaware of their legal options. Anchorage sexual assault lawyer Sean Brown
at the Alaska Accident and Injury Law Center of the Brown Law Firm, LLC is dedicated to
making sure victims understand their legal rights. The following are frequently asked questions
our firm receives in regards to sexual assault cases. If you, or a loved one, has been sexually
assaulted and have further questions about your potential options please call our office today at
907-222-9900 to find out more about how we can help.
First and foremost, you should get immediate medical attention and file a police report. Although
it may seem overwhelming, both these steps are important to move forward in making sure you
get the help you need. Critical evidence is also collected through a medical exam and by an
investigation. Additionally, seeking counseling or therapy is recommended to aid in recovery,
especially if the victim is a child. Consulting an experienced sexual assault lawyer in Anchorage
as soon as possible is also advisable so that your legal rights can be protected.
Medical attention and specialized counseling for a child should also be the first step upon
learning your child has been a victim of abuse. Notifying the authorities is also crucial to ensure
the dangerous individual who committed the abuse is apprehended. In Alaska, civil claims
against the abuser as well as other liable parties can be brought either when the child is still a
minor or once they reach the age of majority. Legal guardians may also file a lawsuit on a a
minor victim’s behalf.
You still can pursue civil action to recover damages related to your assault. Criminal and civil
cases are separate claims. The burden of proof for a civil claim is also lower than those to hold
someone criminally responsible. This means that even if there wasn’t enough evidence for a
criminal trial to proceed, a victim can still pursue a personal injury claim against the parties
liable for their harm.
The person who committed the sexual assault is always responsible for the harm caused. In some
situations, however, other third parties could also share fault. For example, in child sexual abuse
cases, schools who fail to do proper background checks on their employees, or fail to engage in
mandatory reporting, can be held accountable. Property owners who don’t keep their premises
reasonably safe from foreseeable harm can also be found negligent.
Compensation is situation-based and can vary from case to case. Generally, victims of a sexual
assault can recover damages for past and future medical expenses; lost income due to time away
from work either for recovery or therapy sessions; loss of enjoyment in life; loss of consortium;
and other pain and suffering.
In Alaska, the statute of limitations for sexual assault injury claims is two years.
Consult a Seasoned Anchorage Sexual Abuse Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been a victim of sexual abuse, it is important to seek justice. Sexual
assault attorney Sean Brown and his team at The Brown Law Firm, LLC assists clients in
Anchorage as well as throughout Western Alaska, including Aniak, Bethel, Hooper Bay, and
Saint Mary’s. We are dedicated to making sure victims’ voices are heard and they have the
resources they need to aid in their recovery. The Alaska Accident and Injury Law Center strives
to provide comprehensive and compassionate legal representation for every client, regardless of
where they live. If you have questions about your legal options after a sexual assault, please call
our office at 907.222.9900 to speak with an attorney today.
The Brown Law Firm's office is located in Anchorage, Alaska. However, our firm serves clients throughout Alaska. If you would like to discuss a potential case, please do not hesitate to contact us, regardless of your location.
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