The sexual abuse of a child is the most devastating act known to humankind. Victims of underage sexual abuse suffer years of unresolved pain and psychological trauma. Often, this type of abuse leads to a lifetime of depression, guilt, anxiety, the inability to form lasting adult relationships, the inability to gain lasting employment and sexual dysfunction. If you suffered sexual abuse as a minor, it is important to understand these three truths:
Craig Charles Law realizes victims often try to bury the abuse for years, hoping it will go away. Our experience has shown that burying the issue does not help. Real emotional growth comes in dealing with the injustice head-on. This includes intense psychological help from a mental health professional. Immense healing also comes in the form of standing up to the abuser. The Law Office of Craig Charles takes great pride in helping victims through this process and we find that real change occurs when a victim feels vindicated after carrying guilt and shame on their back for years.
Fortunately, California law recognizes that underage sex abuse victims often take years to come forward. As such, the California statute of limitations has been extended in underage sex abuse claims. Underage sex abuse victims now have until their 40th birthday to file a civil claim against their abusers. Additionally, if the abuse is discovered through therapy after the age of 41, a victim has 5 additional years to bring a claim if a therapist provides a certificate stating why the abuse could not have been discovered earlier.
In addition to the abuser, if you suffered sexual abuse while under the care or supervision of any of the following, the organization may also be responsible for failing to protect you from harm.
Craig Charles Law has vast experience handling underage sex abuse claims. If you or your child has been abused, it is imperative to hire seasoned, qualified counsel. We have assisted many clients in achieving justice against their abusers and are equipped to fight zealously against large, powerful organizations. If you or a loved one was the victim of underage sexual abuse, give our office a call for a free, confidential consultation.
If you've been seriously injured, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We understand this process may be unfamiliar or confusing, so we make a personal commitment to communicate with you in a clear and timely fashion. Call us today and we'll evaluate your case, walk you through the process — and put you on the path to recovery.