California Sexual Abuse Attorney
Frequently Asked Questions
What constitutes sexual abuse?
Any instance of sexual behavior between an adult and a child is sexual abuse. Even if it only occurred one time – it is still sexual abuse and can be criminally punished. Abuse does not necessarily require touching. Even discussing sexual subjects with a child can constitute sexual abuse, depending upon the situation. For example, an adult showing a young person pornography or discussing inappropriate sexual topics in order to fulfill the adult’s own sexual desires is abusive. If you think you may have a sexual abuse case, please contact a lawyer at the Zalkin Law Firm.
Why do I need an attorney?
If you are considering filing a lawsuit to recover compensation for the injuries and emotional trauma resulting from sexual abuse, you will want to ensure that you have an aggressive legal advocate who will work to get you the justice you deserve. The California sexual abuse attorneys at the Zalkin Law Firm are experienced in handling abuse cases in California, New York and other states across the country. Their lawyers can give you the help that you need.
What if the abuse was many years ago?
You may still have a case. You should speak with a qualified sexual abuse lawyer at the Zalkin Law Firm to discuss your circumstances.
How do I know if my loved one was abused?
There is no fool-proof “test” and the unfortunate fact is that some instances of sexual abuse will never be reported. However, there are certain behaviors that can indicate that a child or young person has been abused. These signs can be physical, such as bruises, bleeding or other marks in the genital area. They can also be emotional, including withdrawn behavior, unusual sexual actions or comments, mood changes or other indications. It is very important that you do everything you can to protect children and young people who are the victims of sexual abuse. If you suspect abuse, you need to ensure that the child is removed from the dangerous situation immediately.
What should I do if I know that a child is being sexually abused?
Sexual abuse is against the law – it is a criminally punishable offense that can result in extensive jail time. The child’s safety is the most overwhelmingly important concern. If you have questions about the legal steps that need to be taken, the Zalkin Law Firm can help you. Resources and assistance are available to families and survivors of sexual abuse, and their attorneys can give you the support that you need during this extremely difficult time.
What can I do if an organization or institution condoned or ignored reports of sexual abuse?
If sexually abusive behavior was known about and tolerated or ignored, the individuals or group who turned a blind eye to the actions are committing an almost equal betrayal. A sexual predator who targets children can be shuffled from location to location to avoid an embarrassing scandal, leaving dozens of victims in his or her wake. These associations need to be held accountable for their actions. If you are aware of an organization ignoring or failing to report acts of sexual abuse, please contact an attorney at the Zalkin Law Firm.
Will my name be all over the media if I file a suit against an institution for the sexual abuse inflicted on me?
Every survivor of sexual abuse responds differently to taking action against their abuser(s). Some are very vocal about their experiences and welcome the public and the media into the lawsuit. Others do not want to be known or discussed by anyone – they simply want justice. And many more fall in between and to other extremes. No response to sexual abuse is invalid and the California sexual abuse attorneys at the Zalkin Law Firm will work to ensure that you are comfortable with the direction your case takes.
Contact a California Sexual Abuse Lawyer today if you are a survivor of abuse. The Zalkin Law Firm can help you!