Oakland Child Sexual Abuse Attorney
Child sexual abuse is a crime that pervades virtually every city in the country. Oakland is no exception. Child sex abuse has been documented in many well-known organizations, including those that are meant to protect children, such as schools and daycare centers. When a child is subjected to the heinous crime of sexual abuse, the victim and his or her family have the right to pursue financial compensation with a civil lawsuit in California.
The Oakland child sexual abuse attorneys at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi can represent you to demand justice on your behalf. Start with a free private case consultation with one of our lawyers today when you contact us.
Dedicated Child Sexual Abuse Attorneys in Oakland, CA
If you believe that your child has been sexually abused or you are a victim of childhood sexual abuse yourself, you have rights. Protect yourself (and others) by telling your story with help from an attorney at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. Our Oakland child sexual abuse lawyers will guide you through each step of the legal process, from filing your civil claim with the correct county courts by the deadline to hiring experts to strengthen your case. We will do whatever is necessary to demand accountability and maximum financial compensation for the terrible crime committed against you or a loved one.
Types of Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse refers to a perpetrator preying on a minor victim, or someone who is under the age of 18 – typically through grooming or an abuse of power. Sexual abuse can refer to any type of sexual contact or relationship with a child. This can include:
- Boy Scout abuse
- Camp sexual abuse
- Child molestation
- Clergy sexual abuse
- Coach sexual abuse
- Cyberbullying and internet sex crimes
- Daycare sexual abuse
- Foster care abuse
- Pediatrician sexual abuse
- Rape, attempted rape or statutory rape
- School sexual abuse
- Sex with a minor
- Sexual abuse in sports
- Sexual bullying
- Sexual hazing
- Social media sexual harassment
Sexual abuse, violence and trauma against a child can have long-term consequences, such as physical injuries, mental health disorders, substance abuse problems, trouble with intimate relationships, and suicidal thoughts or actions.
How to Make a Claim in Oakland for Child Sexual Abuse
If you or your child is a victim of sexual abuse in Oakland, you may be eligible for financial compensation from one or more parties. You have the right to file a lawsuit against the individual who committed the crime, such as a teacher, doctor or scout leader. You may also be able to name the larger institution as a defendant for its failure to prevent child sex abuse or for covering up known incidents of abuse.
You must file a claim for child sexual abuse by the time the victim turns 40 under California’s statute of limitations. There is an extension, however, if the victim does not discover that his or her mental health issues are connected to childhood sexual trauma until later. Filing a claim requires filling out and submitting the required legal forms to the civil courthouse in Alameda County. From there, you or your lawyer will need to provide clear and convincing evidence against the defendant(s) to win your case.
Contact Us for a Free Child Sexual Abuse Case Consultation in Oakland
The lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi have collected over $2 billion in results for past clients. We exclusively handle Oakland sexual assault and abuse cases, giving us in-depth knowledge and experience in this practice area. We provide personalized legal representation to achieve the best possible outcomes for each case. Most importantly, we have a passion for holding child sex abusers accountable and helping victims move on with their lives. We will be your advocates and guides throughout this difficult time.
Learn more about your case today during a free case evaluation with a child sexual abuse lawyer in Oakland. Contact us online or call (800) 700-8450 to reach our West Coast office.