Seeking Civil Justice For Victims Of Sexual Assault
Acts of sexual abuse and assault continue to plague our schools, religious and community centers and workplaces. Often the victim faces ongoing challenges as they deal with the physical and emotional ramifications of the assault, whereas the perpetrator simply goes on with their daily life.
At the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP, our compassionate attorneys understand the feelings of shame, guilt and fear that can prevent you from seeking justice. Our lawyers have helped victims of sexual crimes throughout southeastern Pennsylvania hold their abuser accountable.
Consider Filing A Civil Lawsuit
Through the Pennsylvania civil justice system, you can pursue damages from the perpetrator or other responsible party, such as the organization where the assault occurred. For instance, you may be able to hold an establishment liable for negligent hiring practices, lax security or failure to take appropriate action against the abuser.
Keep in mind that strict deadlines may apply. The statute of limitations differs depending on the age of the victim. We can advise you of the deadline in your case.
Pursuing Financial Recovery For The Harm You Have Suffered
Getting compensation is by no means a cure-all for the suffering you’ve endured, but it can make the road ahead a little easier. The amount of damages you can pursue depends on the specific circumstances of your case. In addition to damages for pain and suffering, Pennsylvania courts can award punitive damages in cases where the abuser acted maliciously. Prior criminal prosecution against the responsible parties is not necessary to pursue civil action. Also, the standard of proof for civil cases is lower, meaning the victim must only prove it was more likely than not that the abuse occurred.
Facing an abuser is not easy, but your actions could help you move forward and secure some degree of closure while also preventing someone else from being victimized. To learn more about your legal options, please email us or contact our Pottstown or West Chester offices at 484-402-4500 or 610-314-7066 to schedule a free consultation.