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Sexual Assault Lawyers in Pennsylvania - Justice Guardians Fights For You

If you or a loved one were the victims of sexual assault in Pennsylvania, you may be wondering what legal options are available to you. Our experienced legal team can help.

Lawyers for Sexual Assault Victims in PA

In working with previous victims, our sexual assault attorneys have witnessed first-hand the devastating effect that sexual crimes can have; this is why we’re so aggressive in our fight against perpetrators of sexual abuse and the organizations that enable them.

No one should be subjected to such a traumatizing experience. If you or someone close to you were affected, you need to know that justice and closure are possible. Contact us today to take the first step on the path to healing and recovery.

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Our team has put this page together as an informational resource. Nevertheless, if you have any questions with regards to the powerful legal options at your disposal as a victim of sexual assault, we highly suggest getting in contact with us today for a free and confidential legal consultation.

Through a free consultation, and by evaluating the facts of your case, we’ll be able to explain in simple terms the legal process and how you can take the first step towards justice.

The Definition of Sexual Assault

There is no federal law that establishes which acts are considered to be sexual assault, which means that each state has individual laws to govern these crimes. However, the laws around these types of crimes are quite similar across the board.

Most states follow the path of subdividing the term “sexual assault” into individual offenses. For instance, ‘rape’ is an act that falls under sexual assault, as are ‘sexual abuse’ and ‘molestation’. Accordingly, each of these acts carries its own punishment.

As a general rule, a situation in which one individual is forced or coerced by another person into engaging in a sexual act can be considered sexual assault. Furthermore, victims do not necessarily have to be physically involved in the act. If the perpetrator of the crime forces them to watch a sexual act, for instance, this too may be considered sexual assault.

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Who Is Considered The Victim Of A Sexual Crime?

Sexual assault can happen to anyone: man or woman, young or old. Our Pennsylvania law office has seen cases of disabled elderly in nursing homes and special needs students in religious communities falling victim to sexual predators. With such a wide variety of situations in which the crimes take place, how does the law define the victims?

As with the definition of the term itself, the law defining the victim of sexual crimes varies from state to state. And once more, it is the general understanding that anyone affected directly by the crime is considered the victim. The negative consequences, or damages, experienced by a victim can be physical or emotional, a fact that can help victims demonstrate for a court how broad and severe the trauma can be.

Ultimately, the broad definition of the crime, as well as the broad definition for the victim themselves, empowers those who’ve been sexually assaulted to seek justice.

Unfortunately, while the criminal system of justice is effective at doling out punishment to those it finds guilty of crimes, it is much less known for taking care of the victims of those same convicted criminals. This is where the civil system of justice comes in.

Filing A Lawsuit For Sexual Assault

Our PA sex assault lawyers are often asked:

“How can a lawsuit help victims of sexual assault?”

It can seem counterintuitive to put victims through a long legal process when, oftentimes, they would rather forget about the incident and try to move on. And yet, filing a civil lawsuit can be one of the only ways for victims to achieve compensation.

A court may indeed find a person guilty of the sexual assault charge, sentence them to prison, and perhaps order a limited amount of restitution to be paid to the victim and their family. However, these criminal verdicts rarely take into consideration long-term medical care or other damages suffered by the victim. Moreover, it may not hold responsible an organization that enabled or protected the perpetrator.

This is where the civil system of justice comes in.

Do I Need A Lawyer For Sexual Assault?

With the help of a sexual assault lawyer, and via a civil lawsuit, victims and their loved ones may be able to seek damages against the individual who committed the crime as well as any entity that may have known about the acts and remained quiet.

These damages can be broad in their scope and regularly include compensation for past, current, and future medical expenses. For example, therapy is seen as one of the most powerful tools for healing from such trauma but it can be quite expensive; these economic concerns are all but erased for victims who are successful in their legal claims.

Perhaps most importantly, undergoing the legal process and finally achieving justice can be an incredibly important step for victims on the road to recovery. Many victims feel stronger, both physically and mentally. Where perpetrators of sexual assault make their victims feel powerless, the justice system returns that power to them. And if you were impacted by sexual abuse, it can do the same for you.

Pennsylvania Civil Statute of Limitations: Sexual Assault

A statute of limitation indicates how much time a victim has to bring forth a valid legal claim against the responsible parties (the “defendant”). After this predetermined amount of time has passed, the claim is no longer viable and will likely not be upheld by a judge.

As you may be able to guess by now, each state has different statutes of limitations with regard to sexual assault. In the state of Pennsylvania, an adult victim of sexual abuse or assault must file a lawsuit within two years of the date of the incident.

The law is more lenient when sexual abuse of minors is involved. If a victim was underage when the crime is purported to have occurred, they have until their 30th birthday to bring forth their claim.

Once more we must establish that all cases are different. If you don’t think you have the need for a sexual assault lawyer, we still suggest getting in contact with our legal team. Any questions you may have will be answered by an experienced sex assault lawyer, and any doubts as to whether you can pursue a legal claim or not will be completely relieved.

Uber Driver Sexual Assault Cases

Technology has brought us many wonderful advancements; the ridesharing phenomena is just one of them. Regrettably, even this modern transportation solution has created an environment for sexual assault to thrive.

Many Uber passengers have come forth with claims of being sexually assaulted and/or abused by their drivers within the confines of the vehicle. In fact, class-action lawsuits have already been filed in various states. If you were the victim of sexual assault by an Uber driver, do not delay in speaking with our experienced legal team, as time may play a significant factor in your possibilities for presenting a claim.

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Our Local Sexual Assault Law Offices in Pennsylvania

Justice Guardians
1067 Mansion Lane
Garnet Valley, PA 19060
VG7G+PF Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 549-4218
Justice Guardians
630 Fairview Rd #104
Swarthmore, PA 19081
VJRW+GX Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 229-7624
Justice Guardians
495 Thomas Jones Way #304-C
Exton, PA 19341
28FW+6M Exton, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-4985
Justice Guardians
1142 Hamilton St #102
Allentown, PA 18102
HGX9+QF Allentown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-9369
Justice Guardians
3301 Ryan Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19136
2XR4+4R Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 332-1769
Justice Guardians
3400 Aramingo Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134
XVRX+XF Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 277-2890
Justice Guardians
352 Church Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144
2RQM+45 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (445) 200-5285
Justice Guardians
5327 Walnut St #201
Philadelphia, PA 19139
XQ5C+2H Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 313-5200
Justice Guardians
8232 West Chester Pike #101
Upper Darby, PA 19082
XP89+6Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-1069
Justice Guardians
6720 Old York Rd #102
Philadelphia, PA 19126
3V45+8Q Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 930-6969
Justice Guardians
107 E Main St #309
Norristown, PA 19401
4M75+F6 Norristown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 596-8007
Justice Guardians
7708 City Ave #208-A
Philadelphia, PA 19151
XPGG+VM Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 414-7404
Justice Guardians
2 Industrial Blvd #210-B
Paoli, PA 19301
2GV2+8Q Paoli, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 214-5070
Justice Guardians
100 Presidential Blvd #104
Bala Cynwd, PA 19004
2Q6P+HP Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 424-2007
Justice Guardians
105 Westtown Rd #A
West Chester, PA 19382
XC75+PR West Chester, Pennsylvania
Phone: (484) 261-8700
Justice Guardians
661 Bristol Pike #101
Bensalem, PA 19020
328F+26 Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 293-5585
Justice Guardians
817 Linden St #103
Bethlehem, PA 18018
JJGH+6P Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 403-9675
Justice Guardians
3501 Masons Mill Rd #501-B
Hatboro, PA 19040
5W5F+92 Hatboro, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 376-3820
Justice Guardians
815 Greenwood Ave #22-A
Jenkintown, PA 19046
3VWG+24 Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (814) 305-9007
Justice Guardians
15260 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530
G6HP+94 Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 465-1080
Justice Guardians
940 Town Center Dr Suite F- 50B
Langhorne, PA 19047
54QC+CX Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 329-0702
Justice Guardians
3545 Rhoads Ave #103
Newtown Square, PA 19073
XJQ2+5X Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 360-6269
Justice Guardians
925 E High St #101
Pottstown, PA 19464
69V9+MR Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Phone: (267) 308-4988
Justice Guardians
400 Washington St #307
Reading, PA 19601
83PC+J8 Reading, Pennsylvania
Phone: (610) 589-0900
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