Any unwanted sexual activity forced upon a person by threat, coercion or force is sexual abuse.
This type of assault is a shocking, traumatizing experience. It can have life-long affects on the victim’s health and well-being.
Many abuse victims experience serious emotional distress or depression. Feelings of fear, shame, and powerlessness can be overwhelming. It is important to seek professional help, especially if the abuse victim is a child. But taking steps to hold the abuser accountable can help a victim regain control. Sex abuse is a crime. An abuser may face criminal charges, resulting in fines, a jail sentence, or other punishments for breaking the law.
Civil lawsuits are separate from criminal cases. It is up to the sexual abuse victim to file a civil claim for personal damages.
We are here to help you transition from sexual abuse victim to sexual abuse survivor.
While no lawsuit can undo the harm of sexual abuse, it is the only way our justice system has to compensate victims, and provide them with the tools they need to move forward.
Even for adults, it can be hard to talk to someone about sexual assault or abuse.
Our experienced, professional staff will treat you with the utmost respect and compassion.
Sex abusers often seek out victims where they are most vulnerable—in places like hospitals. It is the hospital’s job to safeguard against this abuse.
In recent years, many victims of sexual abuse in medical facilities in Oregon have come forward to hold the perpetrators accountable.
One of these women, “L” was incapacitated with anesthesia—and then sexually abused by the anesthesiologist.
She was hesitant to accuse the doctor; she did not want to falsely accuse someone of a serious crime. L didn’t know the anesthesiologist had been molesting and assaulting women at the hospital for at least three years.
She didn’t know that the hospital had received multiple patient and staff complaints about him.
The hospital had been protecting a serial sex abuser.
After nearly 4 weeks of trial, the jury decided that the hospital had been negligent, and that this failure was so offensive that it deserved extra punishment.
L was awarded $800,000 in compensation, and $150,000 in punitive damages – a fine meant to punish the hospital.
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.4673
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: 503-230-1951
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs: 360-754-7583
We are committed to securing justice for people and their families when they have been injured.
We believe that wrongdoers should be held accountable, that everyone has a right to pursue justice, and no one should be denied that right for financial reasons.
Our primary goal is to help our clients recover their health, well-being and security.