Naperville & Chicago Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Ready to Hold Perpetrators Accountable for Their Harmful Actions
Adult and child sexual abuse and rape causes psychological trauma that
impacts a person for the rest of their life, resulting depression, anxiety,
and even post-traumatic stress (PTSD) long after the abuse occurred. Unfortunately,
the United States suffers from a sexual abuse crisis, often arising out
of institutions of trust such as schools, daycare, youth camps, and even
places of worship. Although the criminal justice system can punish sex
abusers for their crimes, the civil court allows survivors of such abuse
recover financial compensation for the physical and emotional harm they suffered.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse or rape, look no further than our
Naperville & Chicago legal team at
Fish Potter Bolaños, P.C. P.C. to protect your rights and best interests. We can investigate your case,
gather and examine evidence, determine your available legal options, and
maximize your entitled compensation. Do not hesitate to let us fight for you!
In Illinois, we have a very powerful law called the Gender Violence Act.
It allows victims of a gender related violence (such as a battery committed
in part on the basis of the sex of the victim) to bring a civil claim
for damages. This is allowed even if the criminal charges are not pursued.
It allows victims to recover money against the person who committed the
act and also someone who encouraged or assisted them.
today at (312) 818-2407 for a free case review.
Helping Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse generally involves the use of force, coercion, and manipulation
of a child by an adult or adolescent for sexual purposes. Common offenses
include rape, sexual assault, lewd and lascivious acts, indecent exposure,
and proliferating child pornography.
Childhood sexual abuse is painful and traumatizing, which is why survivors
suffer from long-term and life-altering physical, mental, and emotional
harm. The resulting disabilities and illnesses require extensive treatment
and therapy. The most common symptoms of survivors include anxiety disorders,
personality disorders, eating disorders, intimacy and relationship issues, and PTSD.
According to an article in Psychology Today, a quarter of girls and one
in six boys in the U.S. will be sexually assaulted before they reach 18
years old. Furthermore, less than ten percent will tell anyone about the
incident, and about six to eight percent will report it.
In the past, many sexual abuse cases involving entities such as religious
groups and youth organizations initially could not be filed because of
the statute of limitations, since child survivors have become adults.
Fortunately, lawmakers in many states realized the injustice of this issue
and granted look-back periods.
Read more about our cases here:
We helped bring R. Kelly to justice on behalf of one of the survivors of
his sexual abuse of minors. After representing our client in her civil
claims, we played a key role in preserving critical evidence in the New
York sex abuse criminal trial that resulted in a 30 year prison sentence.
Listen to an interview about the case here:
Attorney David Fish on R. Kelly trial verdict - YouTube
We were honored to help bring justice to a professional athlete’s
family. To read more, click here:
sexual harassment cases
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We are ready to help survivors come forward to confront their abusers and
help them obtain the necessary therapy and rehabilitation to develop healthy
ways to deal with their traumatic past. Our legal team can guide you through
the legal process and help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible,
whether it’s by reaching a settlement or going to trial.
Call (312) 818-2407 today to discuss your case with our Chicago &
Naperville sexual abuse lawyer.