Sexual Abuse Crime Victim Rights
Crime Victims Deserve An Advocate in Their Corner
Crime Victims Deserve An Advocate in Their Corner
In addition to child sexual abuse, we represent adults who have been victims of other violent crimes or their surviving families (including sexual assault, sexual abuse, rape, unlawful transmission of a sexually transmitted disease, murder, armed robbery, and other crimes). These crimes may, in turn, result in the life-long suffering or death of innocent victims and their families.
Premises Liability / Negligent Security – If a property owner or establishment has reason to know or expect that crime will be committed on its property, that owner has a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent such crimes. If the property owner fails to fulfill that responsibility, they may be held responsible for damages resulting from crimes committed on their property.
For example, a property owner may be found responsible for crime occurring on its establishment is if the owner fails to put adequate security protections in place (i.e., faulty or defective door or window locks, lack of alarm system, insufficient lighting, unmonitored or poorly patrolled parking lots, or improperly secured office buildings). In addition, if an employee or other person working for the property owner harms a visitor or tenant, the property owner may be liable. We represent victims of crimes that occur at:
Hotels and motels
Shopping centers, retail stores, or grocery stores
Restaurants and bars
Recreational facilities or amusement parks
Publicly-owned property (like parks or beaches)
You may be entitled to compensation for physical, emotional, and financial losses if you or a loved one has suffered a sexual assault, rape, or other violent crime on someone else’s property. Please call Crew Janci LLP and will we do whatever we can to help you recover for you or your family’s injuries.
Victims of Crime in the Workplace – Assaults, robbery, sexual assault, and rapes can have severe consequences on a victim’s life, especially when it happens at the victim’s place of work. Federal and state employment laws prohibit workplace harassment – including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape committed at work. In some cases, an employer may be liable for sexual harassment or assault committed at work, regardless of whether the assault was committed by a co-worker, manager, client, or customer.
In addition, some companies work in dangerous industries or areas where the risk of an employee being attacked at work is obvious. These companies have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect their employees. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by a crime at their job, contact Crew Janci LLP today. We are here to help.
Crime Victims’ Housing Rights – Sexual assault, sexual abuse, and rape can have debilitating and destabilizing effects on a survivor’s living situation. Under federal and state fair housing law, victims of discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault have certain rights and remedies to which they are entitled and by which they may seek redress. In some cases, a victim may need their landlord to approve certain safety accommodations, such as changing locks and installing additional lighting in shared passageways.
In other cases, a landlord or fellow tenant may be source of the harassment or abuse, and the victim may need to terminate the lease, compel the landlord to evict the perpetrator, or sue for compensatory and economic damages for harm they have suffered as a result of their landlord’s action or inaction. The attorneys at Crew Janci LLP work with survivors to analyze their needs and determine what, if any, redress is available. Please contact us to discuss your options.
Crime Victims’ Rights in Criminal Proceedings – All states and the federal government have passed laws designed to protect the rights of victims in criminal proceedings. A victim is usually defined as a person (or surviving relative of a person) who has been directly harmed by a crime committed by another, and who is participating as a witness in the criminal investigation or prosecution of the perpetrator. Generally speaking, crime victims are entitled to the following:
The right to be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity
The right to be informed
The right to be notified at important stages in the criminal proceeding
The right to protection from threats, intimidation, or retaliation during criminal proceedings
The right to apply for compensation for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the crime
The right to restitution from the offender
The right to prompt return of personal property
The right to a speedy trial
The right to speak and be heard during plea-bargaining, trial, and sentencing
Survivors may file civil suits against perpetrators and other responsible parties, regardless of the outcome or existence of a criminal prosecution. Through civil lawsuits, survivors of crime can seek monetary damages to help rebuild their lives.
In addition, exposure to civil liability can be an extremely effective deterrent against future abuse, and provides a powerful incentive for institutions – such as landlords, employers, religious organizations, businesses, shopkeepers, and other proprietors – to enact policies and safety measures to prevent future victimizations.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of crime, contact the attorneys at Crew Janci LLP to determine what, if any, legal remedies may be available to you under state or federal law.
In 2010, attorneys from Crew Janci LLP were part of the Plaintiff’s trial team in the landmark case of Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America, which involved claims for sexual abuse by a Scoutmaster in a Portland, Oregon, Scout Troop operated through a local Mormon (LDS) church. The trial lasted six weeks and garnered international press coverage, ultimately resulting in a jury award for the victim of compensatory and punitive damages which totaled $19 Million.
The centerpiece of the Kerry Lewis trial was BSA’s now infamous secret files on pedophiles in Scouting – known as the “Perversion Files” or “IV Files” (now publicly available through our website). The Secret Files were introduced into evidence at trial and, for the first time ever, made public. Since then, we have created and maintained a database of these files our website.
We continue to represented victims abused in Scouting across the country and abroad. If you or someone you love has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse in Scouting, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred, contact the experienced attorneys at Crew Janci LLP today to determine your options.