An incident of child sexual assault is a terrible crime that can have an everlasting and negative mental and emotional impact on a child victim. Most crimes against children are by individuals the child trusts, and the young person may be reluctant to speak about it due to fear of unwanted repercussions.
Manly, Stewart & Finaldi are experienced in pursuing justice for all types of child sexual abuse cases and are leaders in the civil prosecution of offenders. In the past few years, John Manly and a team of dedicated attorneys have represented more than 150 victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Our Irvine law firm has won unprecedented monetary awards for child sexual abuse victims, including a $100 million settlement against the Diocese of Orange in Southern California. Child sexual assault victims can receive information about their legal options by contacting a lawyer from our firm that is experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of civil litigation and child sexual abuse cases in California.
Sexual offenders prey on innocent victims and often the victims have no one to turn to and no adult to bring justice against the criminal.
The child sexual abuse lawyers at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi understand the importance of aggressive legal action against child sex offenders, to weed out the criminals and those who choose to protect them. Each arrested offender, sentenced in a court of law and removed from society makes the public safer.
In California, the legal age of sexual consent is 18. Anyone under the age of 18 is deemed legally unable to consensually engage in sex; therefore, it is illegal to commit sexual acts with a person less than 18 years old. Having sex with a minor is referred to as "statutory rape" and carries a variety of penalties, including jail time. Children should be free to focus on school, building friendships, preparing for college and determining what they want to do with their lives.
Unfortunately, sexual predators and irresponsible adults over the age of 21 frequently attempt to take advantage of a child's youth and inexperience by involving them in sexual activity. If your child is a victim of statutory rape, contact a California child sexual abuse attorney to find out how you can press charges against those who assaulted your child. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain justice, as well as secure financial compensation for your family's suffering. Having worked on multiple high-profile child abuse cases, our attorneys are some of the world's premier lawyers in the field of underage sexual assault.
Sexual abuse can be incredibly traumatic and leave scars that sometimes last for the rest of your life. Nightmares, anxiety, stress, eating disorders and insomnia are just some of the issues you may have experienced after the incident. By summoning the strength to confront those who wronged you and file a claim against them for damages, you will be taking a major step towards moving on with your life. The process may be frightening, but ultimately it can be therapeutic and bring a type of closure.
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, it is important that you have legal counsel to address the damages you have suffered emotionally and physically. The legal team at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi has gained prominence in this field through outstanding and committed legal counsel in many high profile cases. We can review your situation and advise you what can be done to seek justice in a lawsuit filed in civil court.
We are compassionate toward our clients and respectful of their situation knowing that it takes courage on the part of a victim to confront an individual who has committed a sexual crime against him or her. We have helped many clients throughout each step of trial, settlement and sizeable awards while gaining national attention and justice for victims. Make an appointment today for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys in Irvine, or anywhere in the State of California.
Contact a California child sexual abuse attorney for legal advice and representation regarding an incident of sexual assault.