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Sexual Assault & Abuse Attorneys CALIFORNIA

California Sexual Assault & Abuse Attorneys

Compassionate Lawyers Representing Survivors of Sexual Assault & Abuse in California

Surviving sexual assault or abuse can be an incredibly overwhelming, confusing, and frightening experience. It's a storm of emotions that can leave you feeling lost and unsure of what steps to take next. One of the most significant decisions you may consider is pursuing legal action— a choice that requires courage, strength, and determination. When you decide to embark on this path toward justice, the team at Matthews & Associates is ready to stand alongside you.

As legal professionals with a deep understanding of California's complex sexual assault and abuse laws, we are committed to providing you with experienced and informed legal guidance and representation. Our approach is not about hollow promises or guarantees, but rather, it's about offering steadfast support, clear communication, and tireless advocacy for your rights. We understand that every survivor's story is unique, and therefore, every legal strategy we develop is personalized to reflect that individuality.

The journey towards justice can be challenging, but with Matthews & Associates, you do not have to walk this path alone. Our team of California sexual assault and abuse lawyers can provide guidance, fight for your cause, and help you navigate the complicated legal landscape.

Call (888) 923-7001 to schedule a free consultation today.


The Difference Between Sexual Assault & Sexual Abuse

Under California law, sexual abuse and sexual assault encompass a wide range of illegal conduct. 

Sexual assault, commonly known as rape, refers to any non-consensual sexual penetration, regardless of the relationship between the perpetrator and victim. It is important to note that the inability to give consent due to intoxication, unconsciousness, or mental incapacity also falls under this definition.

On the other hand, sexual abuse involves any forced or coerced sexual act or conduct, which can include inappropriate touching, sexual harassment, or exploitation. 

Both categories are taken extremely seriously and carry severe legal consequences. It is worth mentioning that these explanations only provide a simplified overview, and the actual laws and statutes are more detailed and comprehensive. Our team can help you understand your situation within the context of these laws.

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Forms of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is an umbrella term that encompasses a range of behaviors intended to exert power and control over a person through sexual means. It's important to understand that sexual abuse takes many forms, all of which are harmful and unlawful. 

These forms include:

  • Physical sexual abuse: This form of abuse involves any unwanted sexual activity imposed on someone without their consent. It includes acts such as attempted rape, sexual assault, and molestation.
  • Non-physical sexual abuse: This type of abuse may not involve physical contact, but it is equally harmful and distressing. It includes actions like sexual harassment, stalking, exhibitionism, and the distribution of non-consensual explicit imagery, often referred to as 'revenge porn.'
  • Child sexual abuse: This particularly abhorrent form of abuse involves any sexual act imposed on a child by an adult or older adolescent. It includes both physical and non-physical acts, from touching and molestation to exposure to explicit material.
  • Online sexual abuse: With the advent of the digital age, online sexual abuse has become increasingly prevalent. It includes cyberstalking, online grooming of minors, and the non-consensual sharing of explicit media.

At Matthews & Associates, we are committed to helping survivors of all forms of sexual abuse understand their rights and explore their legal options. We can provide you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions about your path to justice. Please remember, while we can't promise specific outcomes, we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and your cause.

Forms of Compensation Available to Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Assault

In the wake of sexual abuse or assault, your life can significantly change. The emotional, physical, and financial toll can be considerable. 

In California, the law recognizes these hardships and allows survivors to seek various forms of compensation, including:

  • Economic damages: These are tangible costs related to the abuse or assault. They can include medical expenses, therapy costs, loss of income, and any other out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a direct result of the abuse.
  • Non-economic damages: This form of compensation relates to the intangible impacts of the abuse or assault. They encompass pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other psychological harms that are harder to quantify but nonetheless real and significant.
  • Punitive damages: In certain cases, if the perpetrator's conduct is found to be particularly heinous or reprehensible, the court may award punitive damages. These are intended to punish the offender and deter similar behavior in the future.

It's important to understand that each case is unique, and the types and amounts of compensation available can vary greatly depending on the specifics of your situation.

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Proving Sexual Abuse or Assault

Establishing the occurrence of sexual abuse or assault in a legal context can be a complex process. It often involves navigating a maze of legal provisions and requirements that can be daunting for anyone, especially for survivors already dealing with emotional trauma.

The process typically involves gathering substantial evidence, which may include medical records, testimonies from witnesses, and any relevant documentation that supports your claim. It's important to understand that every piece of evidence plays a critical role in building a solid case.

In California, the law stipulates certain elements that must be proven for a successful sexual abuse or assault claim. These elements generally include proving that the assault occurred, demonstrating that it was non-consensual, and showing that it has caused you harm or distress.

Resources for Survivors of Sexual Abuse & Assault

Survivors of sexual abuse and assault are not alone, and there is a wealth of resources that can provide support and assistance. These resources range from hotlines for immediate help to counseling services for ongoing mental health support to medical facilities for necessary physical care. 

Online platforms and local community centers also offer support groups where survivors can share their experiences and heal in a safe and understanding environment.

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Pursuing Justice with Compassion & Resolve

Our team at Matthews & Associates is driven by a deep-seated passion for helping those in need navigate the intricacies of the legal system. We understand that the path to justice and compensation can be daunting, especially in the wake of such profound trauma. We aim to alleviate this burden, allowing you to focus on your healing journey. We strive to make the process as straightforward and as stress-free as possible, offering guidance, support, and tenacious representation every step of the way.

Our commitment is to fight diligently on your behalf, to uphold your rights, and to seek justice for the wrongs you have endured. 

To schedule a consultation with a California sexual assault and abuse attorney at Matthews & Associates, call (888) 923-7001 or contact us online.

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