Oregon Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Dedicated to Empowering Victims of Sexual Abuse & Other Crimes

This page is designed to serve as a detailed resource for Oregon victims of childhood sexual abuse. Crew Janci is committed to providing the support that victims of childhood sexual abuse and related crimes need to pursue justice and healing. 

At Crew Janci LLP, our primary commitment is to represent individuals who have suffered from sexual abuse and similar crimes. Our legal team boasts an impressive nearly four decades of collective experience championing the rights of hundreds of victims of sexual abuse and related offenses.  We take great pride in the privilege of advocating for both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse, exploitation, and other related offenses in the state of Oregon (and beyond).

Understanding Sexual Abuse in Oregon

Sexual abuse represents a profound breach of an individual’s physical and emotional boundaries, causing enduring and profound wounds that can persist throughout a lifetime. In Oregon, like many other states, there are precise legal mechanisms and available resources intended to combat this abhorrent crime. Below, we aim to explore the legal delineations around different types of sexual abuse in Oregon, shed light on the pertinent statistics concerning the incidence of childhood sexual abuse in the state, and offer helpful resources for the identification and reporting of abuse.

Legal Definitions of Sexual Abuse in Oregon

In Oregon, sexual abuse is defined for criminal law purposes under specific state laws or “statutes”(including ORS 163.415 to 163.427). These statutes encompass a wide range of criminal offenses related to sexual abuse, including but not limited to:

1. Rape (ORS 163.355 – 163.375): Unlawful sexual penetration or intercourse, with degrees of offense based on methods used and vulnerability of the victim.

2. Sodomy (ORS 163.385 – 163.405): Unlawful sexual penetration involving oral or anal sex, with degrees of offense based on methods used and vulnerability of the victim.

3. Sexual Abuse (ORS 163.415 – 163.427): Any unwanted sexual contact, with degrees of offense based on methods used, the position of the offender (if a coach or teacher), and vulnerability of the victim. 

4. Online Sexual Corruption of a Child (ORS 163.433): Grooming or solicitation of minors for sexual purposes using electronic means.

5. Child Pornography (ORS 163.686): Creating, distributing, or possessing explicit images of minors.

Statistics on Childhood Sexual Abuse in Oregon

Precise statistics related to the incidence of childhood sexual abuse in Oregon are believed by experts to be understated given the stigma around sexual assault and the difficulties many victims experience to reporting abuse. It is crucial to recognize that this issue is widespread, bearing substantial repercussions for those who have endured it. National figures provided by organizations such as RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and regional entities offer invaluable perspectives on the frequency of childhood sexual abuse.

In accordance with data from the Oregon Health Authority, an estimated 17% of adult women and 4% of adult men in Oregon have disclosed instances of sexual abuse occurring before the age of 18. National statistics from the Crimes Against Children Research Center estimate that 1 in 5 girls (20%) and 1 in 20 boys (5%) are victims of child sexual abuse. Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident. These figures represent only a fraction of the actual scope of the problem, given that numerous cases remain undisclosed.

Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Abuse

Identifying indications of sexual abuse is critical in the prevention and resolution of this problem. If you suspect an individual may be a victim of sexual abuse in Oregon, it’s essential to take the following actions:

1. Listen and Validate: When someone confides in you about their experience, provide a supportive and believing environment. Survivors frequently experience confusion and shame and encounter doubt from others during disclosures, which can compound their trauma.

2. Advocate for Reporting of Abuse: Encourage survivors to report the abuse to the appropriate authorities, such as law enforcement or Child Protective Services (CPS). In Oregon, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) and the local police department receive reports of suspected child abuse. If the survivor is not able to report the abuse themselves, make a report yourself. (Remember: not only is reporting abuse the right thing to do to help the victim and protect against others being victimized in the future, it is also legally required of many individuals under Oregon’s mandatory reporting laws.)

3. Promote Professional Assistance: Encourage survivors to seek therapeutic or counseling services from professionals experienced in trauma care who can guide them through the recovery journey.

4. Enhance Awareness: Acquire a deeper understanding of the indicators of sexual abuse and the available resources for survivors. Organizations like the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) offer valuable information and support.

Sexual abuse is a prevalent concern that impacts people throughout Oregon and the United States. Understanding of the legal definitions of sexual abuse, the ability to identify signs, and awareness of how to report such abuse are vital components of effectively helping survivors and addressing this issue. Through increased awareness and backing survivors, we can contribute to establishing a safer and more empathetic environment in Oregon. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual abuse, please consider seeking assistance and support from local organizations and qualified professionals.

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Common Settings Where Sexual Abuse Occurs

Sexual abuse is a deeply harmful crime that transcends age and background, affecting individuals from all walks of life. Although we cannot entirely erase the horrors of sexual abuse, we can make efforts to heighten awareness, offer legal guidance, extend our support to survivors, and increase accountability for abusers and those who enable abuse. In this blog post, we will explore various forms of sexual abuse, with a focus on specific contexts where such abuse has been documented. It’s essential to understand that anyone can fall victim to this crime, and help and resources are accessible to those who have endured such traumatic experiences.

Oregon Teacher Sexual Abuse in Public & Private Schools

a) Private Schools: Sexual abuse and misconduct within private educational settings is a matter of grave concern. In private schools, educators who are entrusted with providing a safe and nurturing environment sometimes betray this trust. Teachers and administrators in private schools may face less vetting and may have greater access to youth, given that the culture of private schools often includes more extensive interactions outside of class hours. This is particularly true in boarding school contexts. Private schools may also operate with less transparency when concerns are raised about a teacher or administrator.

Survivors of sexual abuse in private schools also often encounter unique challenges with reporting due to the prestige, tight-knit communities, and abundant resources typically associated with these institutions. Private schools may also implement rigorous background checks, effective reporting mechanisms, transparency, and zero tolerance for suspected incidents of abuse.

b) Public Schools: Instances of sexual abuse and misconduct often also transpire within public schools, underscoring the significance of rigorous hiring protocols and comprehensive training for educators. Unfortunately, certain dynamics in public schools (including historically a lack of transparency in grievance processes and overzealous protections by teachers unions) have led to repeated examples of public schools retaining abusive teachers or “passing the trash” (by quietly transferring an abusive teacher to another school).

Parents and guardians play a pivotal role in maintaining open communication with their children to identify potential signs of misconduct and promptly report any concerns.

Teacher Sexual Abuse in Colleges & Universities

Sexual abuse and misconduct within the college and university environment has garnered considerable awareness in recent times. It is imperative for institutions of higher learning to adopt a proactive stance in addressing this issue. This includes the implementation of policies and support systems that prioritize the safety and welfare of their student population. The establishment of effective reporting mechanisms, the provision of counseling services, and the execution of awareness campaigns are essential steps in preventing and addressing instances of misconduct.

Clergy Sexual Abuse

a) The Catholic Church: Instances of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church have been widely documented. The Archdiocese of Portland Oregon was the first Catholic entity in the nation to seek bankruptcy protection in the fact of extensive liability for child sexual abuse by priests and other clergy. While the church has taken steps to address these issues, there remains room for improvement. And it remains crucial to hold institutions accountable and provide support to survivors. Catholic priest sexual abuse has garnered extensive attention in recent years, including, for example, in the film Spotlight, which won the 2015 Oscar award for Best Picture.

b) The Mormon Church / LDS: Reports of LDS abuse within the Mormon Church have also surfaced. It is believed the incidence of abuse within the LDS Church is significantly underreported for a number of reasons, including as a result of the insular community and a prevalent value against taking actions that are viewed as adverse to the church.  Promoting transparency and encouraging survivors to come forward are essential steps in addressing this issue within all religious organizations, including the LDS Church.

c) The Seventh-day Adventist Church: Similar to other religious institutions, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has faced allegations of sexual abuse. Promoting awareness, providing support, and ensuring accountability are vital for survivors within this community.

d) Protestant Churches and Evangelical Churches and Organizations: While sexual abuse scandals in other religious institutions have gained considerable media attention, the prevalence of sexual abuse in Protestant Churches and Evangelical Churches remains a pervasive issue that significantly impacts many individuals, particularly children and young adults. Many of these victims are abused by trusted clergy figures, who hold positions of authority and power, making it difficult for victims to come forward and seek help due to fear of retribution and payback or overwhelming feelings of shame and fear. Acknowledging the widespread nature of sexual abuse within religious communities is a crucial step in addressing and combating the problem.

Foster Home Abuse

Children in Oregon’s foster care system are particularly susceptible to various types of abuse, including sexual abuse. Frequent moves, contact with numerous adults involved in services, and challenges to oversight within foster homes mean foster children are exposed to many different adults. They also lack the protective oversight that often comes from engaged parents and extended family members. All of this leaves Oregon’s foster children at high risk of child sexual abuse. To safeguard these children and aid survivors, it’s imperative to implement stringent screening and training for foster parents, conduct regular check-ins, and establish comprehensive support systems.

Disabled Adults Abuse

The mistreatment of disabled adults is a deeply troubling and significantly under-reported issue. Given that vulnerable individuals often depend on caregivers and also lack other avenues and sometimes means for reporting abuse, adults with intellectual disabilities are at high risk of being exploited.  The rate of violent victimization against persons with disabilities (46.2 per 1,000 age 12 or older) was almost four times the rate for persons without disabilities (12.3 per 1,000). US Department of Justice, Crime Against Persons with Disabilities 2009–2019 — Statistical Tables. However, abuse of adults with disabilities has resulted in a much lower rate of reporting – only nineteen percent (19%) of rapes or sexual assaults against persons with disabilities were reported to police, compared to 36% of those against persons without disabilities. To prevent and confront disabled adult abuse, it is crucial to provide comprehensive training for caregivers and establish vigilant monitoring measures.

Sexual Abuse in Youth Sports and Camps

Camp settings and sports present extensive opportunities for abuse.  Camp settings often involve fewer opportunities for oversight from parents, lower adult-to-child ratios, and more opportunities for access to children in particularly vulnerable contexts (i.e. in far-off places, during sleeping hours, and during showering and toileting). Many of those same dynamics are present in youth sports, especially in teams that travel for games or matches. Like other contexts, sexual abuse in youth sports and camp settings can inflict enduring harm. For the welfare of participants, sports organizations and camp organizers must place a paramount emphasis on safety. This should involve stringent background checks, vigilant supervision, and educational programs aimed at preventing abuse.

Boys & Girls Club of America Abuse

The Boys & Girls Club of America delivers crucial services to young individuals and focuses on providing services to the most in need.  Boys and Girls Clubs are present throughout Oregon and also in all 50 states (and beyond). In Oregon, there are Boys and Girls Clubs in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Medford, and various other smaller communities.  Abuse in Boys and Girls Clubs has sometimes been facilitated not only by adult staff but also by bringing together participants that include both younger children and much older teenagers. Safeguarding a secure environment and establishing transparent reporting protocols are essential for the well-being of children engaged in their programs.

Boy Scout Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America has been marked by a significant, sustained problem of scandal marked by allegations of child sexual abuse extending back over 100 years. In 2020, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the face of thousands of claims of sexual abuse in scouting. More than 82,500 individuals filed bankruptcy claims alleging that they had been victims of sexual abuse in scouting – making the Boy Scouts of America the largest institutional child sexual abuse scandal in American history. Acknowledging past errors, enhancing safety protocols, and providing support to survivors are essential measures to address and begin to make amends for Boy Scout abuse.

Sexual abuse is a widespread problem impacting individuals across various settings and institutions, such as those outlined above. Addressing this issue effectively necessitates a focus on prevention, survivor support, and accountability for responsible parties. Encouraging open communication, raising awareness, and implementing comprehensive training are pivotal measures in creating safer environments for all, regardless of age or background. Survivors of sexual abuse should never endure their pain in silence, and resources are accessible to help initiate their path toward healing and seeking justice. Oregon sexual abuse lawyers like the team at Crew Janci are here to help!

Reporting Sexual Abuse in Oregon

Reporting instances of sexual abuse in Oregon is paramount to guarantee the safety and welfare of victims, particularly children and vulnerable adults.  Furthermore, because most offenders are recidivists (i.e. will go on to abuse other children), reporting can help prevent further child sexual abuse.  At Crew Janci, we are dedicated to emphasizing the significance of promptly reporting such cases, explaining the legal responsibilities concerning reporting, and providing vital contact details for Oregon’s Child Protective Services (CPS) and Adult Protective Services (APS).

The Importance of Reporting Sexual Abuse

Reporting sexual abuse is both a moral obligation and a legal responsibility that can have a life-saving impact and stop further harm. Sexual abuse survivors frequently endure their suffering in silence, weighed down by guilt, shame, and fear. Bringing such incidents to light empowers survivors to access the assistance and resources necessary for their recovery. Reporting also aids in the identification and justice of the wrongdoers, effectively preventing them from inflicting harm on others.

Contact Information for Oregon’s Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services

If you suspect sexual abuse involving children or vulnerable adults in Oregon, it is imperative to contact the appropriate authorities immediately:

Child Protective Services (CPS):

To report child sexual abuse, contact the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Abuse Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233). Reports can also be submitted online through the Oregon DHS website: https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/CHILDREN/Pages/child-abuse.aspx

Adult Protective Services (APS):

To report adult sexual abuse or abuse of vulnerable adults, contact the Oregon DHS Aging and People with Disabilities (APD) Hotline at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233).

Suspected sexual abuse of a child or disabled adult can also be reported to any law enforcement agency, including by calling 911.

Legal Obligations for Reporting Sexual Abuse in Oregon

Oregon maintains strict legal requirements for the reporting of sexual abuse. Certain professionals are classified as mandatory reporters and are legally obligated to report any suspected instances of abuse, which includes sexual abuse. These professionals include:

  • Educators and school staff
  • Healthcare practitioners
  • Social workers and counselors
  • Law enforcement personnel
  • Religious leaders

Individuals who are required to report under Oregon’s mandatory reporting laws must report when they have reasonable suspicions that abuse has occurred. Failing to report suspected abuse as a mandatory reporter can result in significant consequences, including civil and criminal penalties. However, it is crucial to emphasize that reporting suspicions of abuse is not restricted to mandatory reporters; anyone with information about abuse should promptly report it to the relevant authorities.

In summary, reporting sexual abuse in Oregon is both a moral and legal imperative. By reporting suspected incidents, we can safeguard the most vulnerable individuals in our communities, provide essential support to survivors, ensure that those responsible for these reprehensible actions are held accountable, and prevent others from being abused. s. If you suspect child or adult sexual abuse, please don’t hesitate to contact Oregon’s Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services, as indicated in the provided contact information, or call 911. Together with a Crew Janci sexual abuse lawyer, we can work towards a more just and secure society for all.

Sexual Abuse Attorney Support

Crew Janci and our team of sexual abuse lawyers recognize the profound pain and anguish experienced by survivors of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation. Our law firm, renowned at the national level, specializes in holding prominent national organizations and esteemed institutions accountable for the grave crimes they have enabled and allowed. Our approach combines zealous legal advocacy with a trauma-informed support framework, providing survivors with the opportunity for justice and the prospect of sustained recovery and advocacy on their terms.

Crew Janci Legal Support and Services

Our legal team boasts extensive experience in handling cases involving abuse within prominent national organizations and trusted institutions that have failed in their duty to protect victims. We have represented hundreds of victims of abuse over the last 15 years. We offer comprehensive sexual abuse legal services tailored to your specific requirements, including:

1. Civil Litigation: We effectively pursue civil litigation on your behalf, from the filing of a lawsuit through trial and appeal when needed – all to seek compensation for the harm you’ve endured while holding those who enable abuse accountable.

2. Advocacy: We are dedicated to advocating for institutional changes to prevent future abuse, and safeguard others from experiencing the type of suffering you’ve endured.  Where appropriate, we effectively engage with media to help spread awareness about the epidemic of abuse and encourage change.

3. Confidentiality: We deeply respect the unique and personal nature of your story. Safeguarding your privacy and dignity as much as possible throughout the legal process is our top priority, ensuring you feel secure and respected.

4. Trauma-Informed Support: Our support model is grounded in a deep understanding of and continuing learning about trauma and its impact. Empathy and unwavering support guide us through every step of your journey.

5. Healing Resources & Self-Care: Recognizing that the effects of sexual abuse can be enduring, we provide a comprehensive range of healing resources and ongoing self-care and counseling services tailored to your unique needs. Our commitment to your well-being extends far beyond the courtroom.

Our Expertise in Oregon Sexual Abuse Cases

At Crew Janci, we possess a notable history of obtaining meaningful results for victims of abuse within the state of Oregon and beyond. Our experience encompasses the representation of survivors who have endured abuse within diverse institutions and organizations across the state. We have expertise in Oregon’s civil legal framework and have consistently championed the cause of justice for victims within this region.

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Trauma Informed Support and Healing

Our dedication to survivors of childhood and adult sexual abuse extends beyond the realm of legal representation. We recognize the deep and enduring effects of trauma, and thus, we provide a holistic approach to healing. This includes trauma-informed support, therapy, and counseling services. In this blog post, we will explore Crew Janci’s distinctive approach to trauma-informed support and provide recommendations for therapists and counseling centers in Oregon that specialize in trauma recovery.

The Crew Janci Approach

Our trauma-informed support model is built upon principles of empathy, understanding, and utmost respect for the unique experiences of survivors. We acknowledge that every survivor’s path is distinctive, and we place their well-being at the forefront of our approach. Here is how we implement our trauma-informed support:

1. Safe and Supportive Environment: We establish a secure, non-judgmental space where survivors can share their stories in a manner that is most comfortable for them. This environment is instrumental in fostering trust and facilitating the healing process.

2. Holistic Care: Recognizing that healing from trauma involves addressing emotional, physical, and mental well-being, we take a comprehensive approach. We provide resources and guidance on self-care practices that promote overall wellness.

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

4. Long-Term Support: We acknowledge that the journey of healing is ongoing. Our team remains engaged with survivors, offering continuous support and access to resources as they navigate their path to healing.

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Oregon Sexual Abuse Survivor Resources to Consider

It’s crucial to emphasize that conducting thorough research and directly reaching out to these therapists and counseling centers is essential. This allows you to discuss your specific needs and assess whether they align with your unique healing journey. Every survivor’s path to recovery is distinct, and selecting the right therapist or counselor is a pivotal step toward healing and reclaiming your life.

RAINN supports survivors of sexual assault, including childhood sexual abuse, and educates the public about sexual violence. They offer a phone helpline and online chat line: https://www.rainn.org/articles/adult-survivors-child-sexual-abuse

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse offers support services and resources for adults who have survived childhood sexual abuse. They also offer web-based and community-based self-help support groups: http://www.ascasupport.org/

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse offers many resources for survivors such as articles about recovery and managing trauma associated with abuse, as well as a comprehensive list of websites and online resources for survivors and family members: http://www.naasca.org/010111-Recovery.htm

Pandora’s Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family: https://pandys.org/

OAASIS Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service provides support and resources for survivors and engages in public education and advocacy work: http://oaasisoregon.org/ 

Support for Partners provides support, resources and information for partners of those that have been sexually abused as children: http://www.supportforpartners.org/

SNAP Survivors Network of Abuse by Priests is a network of survivors of institutional sexual abuse: http://www.snapnetwork.org/

With almost four decades of combined experience, our legal team has represented hundreds of individuals who have been victims of sexual abuse and various criminal acts. At Crew Janci LLP, our primary focus lies in advocating for those affected by sexual abuse and related offenses. Our attorneys have had the privilege of advocating for the rights and justice of both children and adults who have endured sexual abuse, exploitation, and other criminal acts not only across the United States but also in international jurisdictions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is considered sexual abuse in Oregon?

Sexual abuse in Oregon encompasses various sexual acts, including but not limited to sexual assault, molestation, rape, and other forms of unwanted sexual contact or coercion. The state of Oregon categorizes these forms of sexual abuse as various criminal offenses, with the specific definitions and penalties subject to variation based on the circumstances of each case.

How long do you go to jail for sexual abuse in Oregon?

A criminal offense of child sexual abuse will result in a conviction if proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences for sexual abuse convictions in Oregon can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the severity of the offense. Penalties can range from several months to several years or more, with more severe cases resulting in longer sentences. It is crucial to consult the Oregon Revised Statutes or a legal professional for precise sentencing guidelines.

What is defined as sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse includes sexual activity, contact, or exploitation. Such contact may or may not involve the use of force, coercion, or manipulation. It encompasses a wide range of actions, including sexual assault, molestation, and harassment, and is a serious criminal offense with legal consequences.

What is private indecency in Oregon?

Private indecency in Oregon refers to engaging in sexual conduct in a location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the consent of all involved parties. Violating this law can result in criminal charges and potential legal consequences.

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