Sexual Abuse & Assault Injury Lawyers in Michigan

Assisting Victims of Sexual Abuse Throughout Michigan

The physical, mental, and emotional effects of sexual abuse and assault are immense and far-reaching. Victims often struggle for months or even years following an assault or continued abuse. In many cases, victims find themselves in need of medical care – including physical treatment, therapy, counseling, and medication – in order to heal. While treatment can be incredibly beneficial, the financial costs can place an unfair and unnecessary burden on victims who are already struggling to move forward with their lives.

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As the legal team representing over 100 survivors of sexual abuse by former U of M doctor Robert Anderson, our Michigan attorneys at Grewal Law PLLC have the experience, dedication, and drive to pursue fair recovery in high-stakes sexual abuse lawsuits. We also recently represented a third of the plaintiffs in the groundbreaking abuse litigation against former MSU doctor and USA Gymnastics coach, Larry Nassar, after hundreds of women came forward to allege abuse - and our team secured the largest settlement in history against a university for sexual abuse. Because we treat every client like a member of our own family, you can rest assured that we will treat you with compassion and sensitivity from the moment you walk through our doors, giving you the time and space to focus on your recovery from abuse.

For a completely free and entirely confidential consultation with one of our sexual abuse and assault injury attorneys in Michigan, call (888) 211-5798 or contact Grewal Law PLLC online.

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What Constitutes Sexual Abuse and Assault?

Sexual abuse and assault are crimes under Michigan law, and while they have always been a problem in our society, the recent #MeToo movement has shown a bright spotlight on the issue – and revealed the far-reaching impacts of this problem. Sadly, the most vulnerable among us are disproportionately the victims of these crimes, including college students, teenagers, and children.

Statistics show that most incidents of sexual abuse and assault are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, such as a family friend, babysitter, coach, teacher, co-worker, or fellow student. When this is the case, many people (especially children) may not realize that what they have experienced is sexual abuse or assault.

Examples of sexual abuse and assault include:

  • Any sexual contact with a child’s body
  • Coercing someone to partake in a sexual act
  • Rape, including statutory rape
  • Committing sexual acts with someone who cannot consent
  • Sexual battery and aggravated sexual assault
  • Inappropriate touching of another person’s body
  • Indecent exposure/exposure of genitals to a child
  • Creating or displaying child pornography
  • Incest and all incestuous acts, regardless of “consent”
  • Using drugs and/or alcohol to sexually assault someone
  • “Grooming” a child or teenager

This list is not exhaustive. Any type of sexual contact or act that occurs without the full, capable consent of two adults is sexual assault. Furthermore, while women are statistically more at risk, anyone can be a victim of sexual assault or abuse. This includes women, men, teenagers, children, and the elderly.

Sexual Assault on School and University Campuses

All too often, sexual assault occurs on school campuses. In recent years, sexual assault and abuse cases on college campuses have made headlines throughout the United States. However, colleges are not the only educational facility where sexual assault and abuse take place. All too often, elementary-aged children are the victims of these terrible acts. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the total lifetime care costs for a child victim of sexual abuse and assault can exceed $210,000 – not to mention the immense mental and emotional consequences.

Some other common institutions where sexual abuse takes place:

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Many people do not realize that, apart from a criminal action, they can take civil action against the perpetrator or another responsible party. A sexual abuse injury case seeks compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.

We understand how difficult it can be to share your story and the immense bravery it takes to speak out against an attacker or perpetrator of sexual abuse. Our Michigan sexual abuse and assault injury lawyers can help you navigate the legal process of filing a civil claim against the liable party. Depending on the circumstances involved in your case, the liable party may include the attacker, your university or college, a youth sports organization, religious institution, or another entity.

To learn more about how our legal team can help you, contact us online or by phone at (888) 211-5798.

Need Immediate Assistance and Crisis Counseling?

When you’re struggling with the aftermath of sexual abuse, you may not know where to turn for help. For immediate assistance, we recommend that you contact the State of MI Sexual Assault Voices 4 Hotline, provided by the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence. Available 24/7, this free service is completely anonymous and confidential, and it can be used as frequently as you need. The hotline is staffed by compassionate and experienced advocates, and it’s open to all sexual assault survivors, including the homeless, those who identify as LGBTQ, individuals with disabilities, and people of color.

Call 855-VOICES4 for free and confidential counseling, or read more about the hotline here.

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Sexual Abuse FAQ

Can Parents Pursue a Sexual Abuse Case for Their Children?

As a parent, it can be difficult to confront the reality that your child may have been a victim of sexual abuse. Yet, depending on the circumstances surrounding the event, parents should consider whether a legal case is necessary. Filing a case against an abuser helps preserve justice and provides closure for both you and your child.

It may be beneficial to consult with experienced legal professionals who can provide guidance and advice as you navigate the legal system, offer essential resources, and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Ultimately, deciding to pursue a case is not only important for your family but also for other past and future victims of sexual abuse.

How Long Do I Have to File a Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

The legal process is complex and requires specific timelines, which can differ among states. When considering filing a lawsuit due to child sexual abuse, the first thing parents should do is review the statutes of limitations for their state.

While some states have no temporal limitation in cases of serious felonies, such as sexual abuse of a minor, other states have put restrictions on the ability to bring forth a civil claim for damages. There are also special protections for certain categories, such as those younger than 18 years of age or those with disabilities that may extend the period of filing a claim beyond the set statute of limitations.

It is important to be aware of all legal requirements and any possible exceptions before making decisions about taking action. If a potential claimant does not address their claim within the allocated time frame, it is likely that their opportunity for legal recourse will be lost.

How Can I Prove a Claim of Child Sexual Abuse?

Gaining proof of child sexual abuse is a difficult process that requires thorough evidence-gathering. To strengthen a claim, it is important to preserve any physical evidence such as ripped clothing or bruises and make sure a medical examination can be completed in a timely manner.

In addition, photos, journals, witness accounts and expert testimonies may help provide additional corroboration. However, the most critical step lies in understanding the distinct criteria that must be met in order to file the claim with legal entities such as the court system. Highly trained specialists are available to guide claimants through the process required to make an effective case and protect victims.

Call our team at (888) 211-5798 and learn how we might be able to help you!