Sexual Assault Survivors Can Pursue Civil Lawsuits
In the United States, one in three women and one in six men experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime. Unfortunately, rape and sexual assault is the most under-reported crime in the United States; as an estimated 63% of sexual assaults are not reported to police. However, Grewal Law is here to share why survivors of sexual assault should consider pursuing civil lawsuits.
Why Pursue Civil Lawsuits?
The first reason survivors of sexual assault should pursue civil lawsuits: it could give them personal justice. In criminal court cases, perpetrators are not held accountable to their victims, but to the criminal justice system. The single goal of the criminal justice system is to determine if the accused is guilty of the crime he or she is charged with and to hold him or her accountable for breaking the law.
However, the goal of a civil lawsuit is to provide justice and compensation for the survivor.
In civil lawsuits, survivors can hold their attackers and those who enabled them personally accountable for the harm they’ve caused. Therefore, civil lawsuits give survivors the chance to be heard and vindicated on a personal level. However, justice isn’t the only thing survivors receive in successful civil lawsuits.
The second reason survivors of sexual assault should consider pursuing civil lawsuits: it could give them personal compensation for their injuries. Nothing can repair the damage of a sexual assault, but compensation from a successful civil lawsuit can help survivors pay for counseling and other post-traumatic needs.
Our Firm Has Experience
If you want to pursue justice for your sexual assault case, our firm can help. Grewal Law was proud to represent 111 of the 333 survivors in the Michigan State University sexual abuse lawsuits against former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. You can trust that our firm knows how to handle these delicate matters with sensitivity and compassion.
It’s Your Choice: We’re Here to Help
We believe in the therapeutic power of survivors holding their attackers and enablers personally responsible for their actions, but we also understand that pursuing a civil suit may not the best choice for every survivor. We’ve talked with several clients who, upon reflection, decided not file lawsuits for personal reasons. Grewal Law will support you!
We care about you and your health! When you work with Grewal Law, you can rest easy knowing you’ll never be pressured to pursue your case. Upholding our clients’ health and wellbeing is always our number one priority.
Are you or a loved one a survivor of sexual assault? Call (888) 211-5798 now for a free consultation.