Sexual Abuse Attorney in Savannah
Standing Up for Victims of Abuse in Georgia & Giving Them a Voice
Anyone who has suffered any type of sexual abuse knows that it can be tremendously harmful and often causes lasting physical, emotional, and psychological damage. Although recovering from this type of assault can feel like an uphill battle, survivors can take comfort in the fact that there are legal options available.
In Georgia, victims of sexual assault can take legal action against their abusers in order to seek civil justice and compensation for the damage the abuser caused. Depending on the nature of your case, you may be able to file a civil suit against the liable party, including the institution responsible for allowing the abuse to occur or continue.
If you suffered sexual abuse, we want to give you a voice against your abuser as you stand up to the parties responsible. Whether you’re seeking justice for your child or yourself, we are prepared to provide you with the legal advocacy you need and deserve.
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At Tate Law Group, LLC, our dedicated Savannah sexual abuse lawyers are dedicated to providing individuals and families with comprehensive legal guidance when they need it most. We understand how challenging these types of cases are, which is why we always provide personalized legal solutions specifically tailored to the circumstances of your case.
Our attorneys have ample trial experience, we’ve won multiple awards for our outstanding legal practice, and we’ve collected millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. Our legal team has helped thousands of people in Savannah and throughout the United States, and we’re ready to help you too.
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Who Could Be Liable for Sexual Abuse?
Unfortunately, sexual abuse occurs all too frequently—enough so that there are a few common scenarios where abuse is more likely to occur. For many victims, the perpetrator of the abuse is someone they know, oftentimes someone in a position of authority over the abuse victim.
Sexual abuse perpetrators may take on any of the following roles:
- Clergy (including priests, pastors, ministers, etc.)
- Boy Scout Troop Leaders
In many cases, these adults take advantage of their position of authority and prey on victims, especially children. Abusers might also be educators, leaders in community organizations, caretakers, parents, foster parents, school employees, or employers. If you were abused sexually, the abuser might not be the only liable party. In fact, in many sexual abuse cases, most of the fault actually lies with the organization that presided over the abuser.
The clergy are meant to serve as the ambassadors and leaders of our chosen religious institutions. Because we’re raised to rely on these authority figures in times of grief and sorrow, it’s difficult to imagine them taking advantage of the most vulnerable and trusting members of the congregation. Sadly, incidents involving sexual abuse are anything but rare.
If, for example, a young boy were assaulted by a priest and subsequently reported that abuse, the church would be responsible for ensuring that the perpetrator is held accountable for his actions and that children are protected from any future instances of abuse. However, if the church failed to report the abuse or took pains to hide the instance, they could be held liable for negligence or for enabling the abuse to continue.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a religious worker, it’s critical that you discuss your options with a legal representative. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may have grounds to file a claim against the at-fault party as well as the religious institution that failed to protect you.
Sexual contact between a medical professional and a patient is legally and ethically forbidden. Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon scenario, and most doctors are quietly disciplined for sexual misconduct before being permitted to practice again. Oftentimes, the sexual abuse occurs under the guise of a legitimate medical examination, such as a Pap smear. In a more alarming scenario, there have been cases where children have been sexually molested while their trusting parents watched from a nearby chair.
Of course, “doctor,” in this case, can serve as an umbrella term for the following medical professionals and more:
- Facility staffers
So, where does the line blur, and how can you recognize if a medical professional is sexually abusing you? If you’re uncertain about a prior incident, you need to seek a second opinion by consulting an unaffiliated medical professional and/or an anti-sexual violence organization. If you were sexually assaulted by a doctor, you have a legal right to pursue justice and compensation through civil litigation.
Students rely on teachers and other school employees for guidance and support as they pursue their educational goals. Sexual abuse represents the greatest violation of this trust and is a national epidemic that harms countless students every year. If you or your child have been harmed by an authority figure in an academic institution, contact the attorneys at Tate Law Firm, LLC.
In 2016, Larry Nassar was arrested for violating hundreds of female athletes while working for USA Gymnastics. The trial revealed that top officials at the U.S. Olympic Committee waited a year before addressing the allegations; worse, Nassar was still allowed to work with patients 14 months after the investigation started. Since this incident, parents and young athletes have become more aware of the actions that constitute sexual abuse. If you or a loved one is harmed by the actions of a coach in any academic or athletic field, it’s imperative that you explore your legal options with an experienced attorney. Not only can you obtain justice and reparations by taking legal action, you can also protect other people from suffering the same abuse.
Boy Scout Troop Leaders
Hundreds of men are currently suing the Boy Scouts of America for sexual abuses they suffered as children. Organization officials are currently debating the merits of bankruptcy protections to avoid the financial impact of sexual abuse litigation. If you or your child was victimized by a Boy Scout troop leader, the time to file a lawsuit is now. During your free consultation, we can listen to your story, explore your legal options, and help you take a stand against this corrupt organization.
What Is The Statute of Limitations On Sexual Abuse Claims?
To file a valid claim against your abuser or the organization that perpetuated the abuse, you must first abide by the statute of limitations in your region. The statute of limitations limits the time a person has to file a suit against their abuser. If the statute of limitations is 5 years, for example, then the victim has 5 years from the date of the abuse to file a claim against the person or parties responsible. Once the statute has expired, the case is no longer valid. The statute of limitations varies by state, and it also includes a few caveats for certain circumstances, such as suppressed memories of abuse or child abuse.
Do You Have a Case? We’re Here to Support You.
Sexual assault, whether it occurs at your place of work, in school, in your home, or within a church or other organized institution, can be exceedingly damaging. Whether you’re an adult or a child at the time of your assault, you can suffer lasting physical, psychological, and emotional damage if you suffer any type of sexual abuse. If the abuse is repeated, the damage can be especially harmful and long-lasting, and may affect your personal and professional life. Additionally, children who are abused might suppress those memories unknowingly, which can lead to an extremely frightening and shocking realization later in life.
However your abuse came about, our team at Tate Law Group, LLC in Savannah is prepared to fight for your rights. We believe sexual assault victims should have a voice against their abusers, and we are committed to ensuring the liable parties take responsibility for the damage you suffered. If you have a vase, we want to hear from you.
Contact Tate Law Group, LLC to discuss your potential sexual assault case with our compassionate Savannah attorneys.
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