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Victims of sexual abuse can suffer a lifetime of physical, mental, and emotional damage that can negatively affect the way they live their lives. While the criminal justice system can punish the perpetrators for their heinous acts, the civil court can help victims achieve justice by holding the perpetrators liable for monetary damages such as lost income, emotional distress, as well as pain and suffering.

If you or your child has been the victim of sexual abuse in Southern California, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP can help you hold the negligent party liable for their actions and recover your entitled compensation. With decades of experience and millions of dollars won on behalf of our clients, we understand how to build a strong and personalized case to achieve justice for sex abuse victims.

Proving a Sexual Abuse Case in Civil Court

Although there is no specific legal theory—or cause of action—to file a personal injury lawsuit for sexual abuse, victims have other legal theories available to them to pursue a case in civil court. Common examples include intentional infliction of emotional distress or assault and battery.

Since these sex crimes are egregious and grossly negligent in nature, juries typically award very high damages, ensuring the perpetrator is liable to pay an immense amount of money to the victim. In addition, a civil lawsuit can be brought against additional parties such as school, churches, business and other institutions based on negligent supervision or failure to provide proper security.

Common types of sexual abuse include:

  • Forced penetration without consent
  • Forced sexual touching
  • Unwanted oral sex
  • Forcing another person to view pornographic materials
  • Taking and/or distributing sexual images without consent
  • Exposing private parts to another individual or forcing someone to expose themselves
  • Making unwanted sexual requests

In order to prove sexual abuse in civil court, the plaintiff must show that it is more likely than not that the perpetrator committed the alleged abuse, which is lower burden proof compared to criminal court. The plaintiff can bring in evidence from a criminal case to use as evidence in a civil case, according to the “collateral estoppel” rule. Even if there weren’t any criminal charges filed, a plaintiff can still bring a civil case.

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