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Sexual abuse is a heinous act that violates a person’s trust and safety. Not only do victims experience the physical and emotional impacts of trauma, but they also face a ripple effect that affects various aspects of their lives including relationships, spirituality, and finances. Victims, who once viewed the world as a safe place, may feel a heightened sense of vulnerability after being assaulted. They may now view the world as inherently unsafe and approach relationships with mistrust. Moreover, victims often experience feelings of shame, fear, and guilt, which make coming forward about the abuse and seeking justice seem particularly daunting. However, with the support of dedicated sexual abuse lawyers, victims can begin their journey toward justice, empowerment, and healing  

What do sexual abuse lawyers do?

Sexual abuse lawyers not only aid in the legal battle but also significantly contribute to the emotional and psychological healing of the victims, making them a powerful ally in the victims’ journey towards justice and healing.

The legal system is difficult to navigate, and many victims are not aware of the legal remedies available to them. This is where sexual abuse lawyers’ step in, offering their legal expertise, to make the legal landscape navigable for the victims. A dedicated lawyer will provide their client with clear, concise information about the legal process, available remedies, and what to anticipate along the way. 

Beyond their primary duty of providing legal counsel, sexual abuse lawyers serve as a pillar of support for the victim. They understand that sexual abuse cases require more than just legal expertise—they call for empathy, respect, and an unwavering commitment to championing the survivor’s cause.  Feeling heard, understood, and believed can significantly benefit a survivor’s healing journey. Their representation can serve as a source of empowerment for victims, allowing them to regain control over their narratives and lives. Additionally, a dedicated lawyer will take steps to minimize the risk of re-traumatization. 

Monetary Compensation

While no amount of compensation can erase the pain and trauma, it’s undeniable that many survivors face economic hardships due to the sexual abuse. Medical expenses, therapy costs, and lost wages can accumulate, placing an undue financial burden on the survivor. Compensation can alleviate some of these stresses, allowing survivors to focus on their healing without the added strain of financial concerns. In addition to compensatory damages, punitive damages may be awarded in some cases. Punitive damages are awarded in civil cases to punish the defendant for particularly egregious behavior and to deter others from engaging in similar conduct.  

Nonmonetary Justice

Victims may also pursue forms of justice that are not financial in nature. They may desire an apology from the perpetrator or institution involved, which acknowledges their responsibility for the harm suffered and validates the victim’s feelings. Victims may also seek the release of information about the perpetrator or organization, bringing awareness to the sexual abuse and shedding light on the extent of it. This may contribute to broader societal awareness and prevention efforts. It can catalyze policy change, thereby creating safer environments and helping prevent future abuse.  

Deterrence

Pursuing legal action against perpetrators and institutions sends a strong message that there is zero tolerance for sexual abuse. It holds perpetrators accountable, acts as a significant deterrent to potential offenders, and establishes a firm precedent that sexual abuse is unacceptable. 

Our Firm

Crew Janci is a law firm dedicated to empowering victims of sexual abuse to achieve the healing they need, the justice they deserve, and the change they desire. With a robust track record, the attorneys at Crew Janci have represented hundreds of victims, recovering over $200 million. The firm strives to ensure survivors fully understand their options, the hurdles ahead, and what can be accomplished along the way. 

The firm has brought cases against large national organizations and institutions of trust that have enabled or allowed abuse, such as the Catholic Church, the Mormon Church, the Boy Scouts of America, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Boys and Girls Club, public and private schools, and athletic leagues​. This underscores the firm’s resolve to hold powerful institutions accountable for the harm they have caused. 

Notably, attorneys from Crew Janci were part of the victim’s legal team in Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America (which resulted in a $19 million verdict for the victim). The trial captured the attention of international media and shed light on the sexual abuse issues within the Boy Scouts of America. Crew Janci was featured in the 2022 documentary, Leave No Trace, for their extensive work in representing victims of child sexual abuse in scouting. The film featured the stories of several courageous clients and their heroic dedication to advocating for increased safety for children in the future. The firm takes immense pride in the tangible change spurred by its clients and the firm’s work. One example of such change is the Boy Scouts of America taking steps to bolster child abuse prevention policies.

Many of Crew Janci’s clients find the outcomes of their civil cases to be life-altering. These victories offer many clients the restitution and symbolic justice they deserve for the harm they suffered. Moreover, Crew Janci’s clients have brought about positive social change by pushing institutions to change their practices to prevent future harm. Crew Janci is a powerful ally in the fight for justice and offers a voice for those who’ve been silenced.

If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, contact our team of licensed, caring professionals today to learn about your legal rights. Call today for a free, confidential consultation at: 1-888-407-0224 or use our confidential submission form. We will treat you with dignity and respect.

 

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Valerie Juntunen

Valerie attended the University of California Los Angeles, where she received her B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate years, Valerie served as co-director of Bruin Consent Coalition, an organization dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual violence, educating her fellow students on the necessity of consent, and improving university resources. Valerie decided to further pursue her interest in advocacy work by attending law school and is currently a rising third-year at the University of Oregon School of Law. Before joining Crew Janci as a summer law clerk, Valerie worked for the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project. Valerie is grateful for the opportunity to assist Crew Janci's courageous clients in their pursuit of justice and healing. In her free time, Valerie enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies, playing Wordle, and listening to The Happiness Lab podcast.