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Promptly reporting cases of suspected sexual abuse is essential for enhancing the safety and well-being of victims, especially children or vulnerable adults. Reporting sexual abuse is both a moral duty and a legal responsibility that holds the potential to save lives and prevent further harm. Survivors of sexual abuse often endure their pain in silence, burdened by emotions of guilt, shame, and fear. In contrast, perpetrators of sexual abuse can often be repeat offenders, posing a risk to numerous individuals over an extended period of time. Early reporting of suspected abuse not only grants survivors access to essential support and healing services but also plays a pivotal role in holding perpetrators accountable. By identifying and taking legal action against abusers in a timely manner, we contribute to a safer society, preventing them from causing harm to others. Whether you or someone you know is a victim of sexual abuse, it is crucial to contact the appropriate authorities as swiftly as possible. 

Choosing a Sexual Abuse Attorney

Choosing legal representation is the next crucial decision in this journey. This blog post provides an essential guide for those seeking legal representation in such sensitive cases.  

Here are 10 essential questions to ask when hiring a sexual abuse attorney:

1.  What is your experience in handling sexual abuse cases?

Understanding how long an attorney has been practicing law is critical to positive outcomes, but specifically handling sexual abuse cases is paramount. Experience matters!

2. Is there a specific focus within sexual abuse cases that you specialize in? 

Does the attorney hold membership in relevant professional organizations or associations? Whether it’s expertise in cases involving organizations like the Boy Scouts or addressing issues related to Catholic Church sexual abuse, the breadth of their specialization can significantly impact the outcome. While the list of potential focus areas is extensive, the depth of experience in these niche areas can make a substantial difference.

3. What legal strategies will you use in my case?

Have the attorney explain their approach to handling sexual abuse cases, providing transparency about the strategies they employ when bringing it to court.

4. How will you communicate with me throughout the process?

Effective communication is key during a legal battle. Clarify how your attorney plans to keep you informed about case developments, milestones, and any challenges that may arise. Ask about preferred methods of communication, how often you can expect updates, and who you’ll have contact with during the legal process.

5. What fees and costs should I expect?

Discuss how fees and costs are structured as well as payment expectations. Are there upfront costs or retainer fees? Is the initial consultation free? How will any settlements be shared?

6. How do you handle confidentiality? 

Cases involving sexual abuse need to be handled sensitively, given their nature. Address the sensitive nature of sexual abuse cases and inquire about the attorney’s measures to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of your information.

7. What potential outcomes can I expect from my case?

Seek information about settlements and realistic expectations for your case and inquire about examples of past settlements your attorney has reached in similar cases.

8. What kind of non-legal support can you provide me during my case?

Check to see if your sexual abuse attorney has collaborative relationships with other professionals, such as experts or therapists, who can offer additional support during the legal process. These folks can play a vital role in supporting positive outcomes.

9. How long do you anticipate my case taking?

Understanding an estimated timeline for your case will help you set reasonable expectations. Ask about the typical process and key steps that will be experienced throughout the duration of your legal journey.

10. Can you provide me with client references and/or case studies?

Connecting with someone who has gone through a similar sexual abuse case,  can go a long way in alleviating concerns and gaining confidence in your attorney selection. 

At Crew Janci, we recognize that choosing the right sexual abuse attorney can make a significant difference for survivors and their families. The right attorney not only provides legal expertise but also offers empathy, understanding, and unwavering support during a challenging time. By asking these questions, you empower yourself to make an informed decision and get the support you need. 

The Crew Janci Method

At Crew Janci, our dedication to survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse extends beyond the confines of legal advocacy. Recognizing the profound and enduring impact of trauma, we embrace a  holistic approach to healing. Our model for trauma-informed support is rooted in principles of empathy, understanding, and the utmost respect for the individual experiences of survivors. Acknowledging the uniqueness of each survivor’s journey, we prioritize their well-being throughout our approach. 

Here’s how we implement our trauma-informed support:

Safe and Supportive Environment:

We cultivate a secure and non-judgmental space where survivors can share their stories at their own pace and in a manner most comfortable for them. This environment fosters trust and facilitates the healing process.

Holistic Care:

Recognizing that healing from trauma involves addressing emotional, physical, and mental well-being, we adopt a comprehensive approach. We offer resources and guidance on self-care practices that promote overall wellness.

Collaboration:

We maintain close connections with a network of trusted therapists, counselors, and support groups to ensure survivors can access the specialized care they require.

Long-Term Support:

Understanding that the journey of healing is ongoing, our team remains engaged with survivors, providing continuous support and access to resources as they navigate their path to healing.

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(888)931-9475
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