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, medication, etc.—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.
$500 MILLION SETTLEMENT RECOVERED
We represented 111 of the 333 survivors in the lawsuit against Michigan State University involving the former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. This is the largest settlement against a university for a personal injury claim involving sexual abuse.
At Grewal Law PLLC, we offer compassionate and caring legal representation for victims of sexual abuse and assault, as well as their families and loved ones. 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/assault injury case seeks compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
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.
Types of Crimes that Are Considered Sexual Abuse/Assault
Sexual abuse and assault have always been a problem but the recent spotlight on these types of crimes has shown just how much of a problem still exists today. Sadly, those who are most vulnerable are often the victims of these crimes, including college students, teenagers, children, and others. Statistics show that most incidents of sexual abuse and assault are perpetrated by someone the victim knows—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 & 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.
Contact Grewal Law PLLC for a Confidential Consultation
Our firm has helped many victims of sexual abuse and assault. 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/assault. 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.
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.
To learn more about how our legal team can help you, contact us online or by phone at (888) 211-5798.