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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sexual Assault Victims Attorney In California
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.3 million Americans are sexually assaulted every year. According to the FBI, there were 84,767 rapes reported in 2010 alone. Sexual assault occurs among every income level, race, culture, and age and involves victims who are heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
Frequently, these cases fall through the cracks of the criminal justice system. "`[A]n individual who commits rape has only about 4 chances in 100 of being arrested, prosecuted, and found guilty of any offense.' " S. Rep. No. 101-545, at 33, n. 30 634*634 (quoting H. Feild & L. Bienen, Jurors and Rape: A Study in Psychology and Law 95 (1980).
At Glotzer & Sweat, LLP, we achieve civil justice for sexual assault survivors in the form of money damages. If the evidence is sufficient, we successfully prosecute these claims on a contingency fee basis, regardless of whether there has been any criminal prosecution. Often, we are able to find and use evidence that overlooked, ignored, or rejected by law enforcement agencies and criminal prosecutors.
By aggressively prosecuting these cases for our clients, we help them fight back, obtain fair compensation, hold the perpetrator accountable, and we begin to improve the way our society and our justice system view sexual assault cases. "[Forty-one] percent of judges surveyed believed that juries give sexual assault victims less credibility than other crime victims." S. Rep. No. 102-197, at 47 (citing Colorado Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts, Gender & Justice in the Colorado Courts 91 (1990)). "Less than 1 percent of all [rape] victims have collected damages." S. Rep. No. 102-197, at 44 (citing report by Jury Verdict Research, Inc.). With the help of our courageous clients, we are leading the charge to improve this.
Some of our cases are resolved confidentially without having to file a lawsuit. In others, we file a lawsuit, naming our client as “Jane Doe” or "John Doe" in public documents as permitted by law. We have countless former clients who will proudly recommend our firm and share the help our firm has provided in fighting back and gaining a sense of justice from pursuing a civil claim.
Our California sexual assault and abuse victims attorney hotline statewide toll free number is