Silicon Valley Sexual Assault Lawyer
Sexual assault is something that can derail your life and goals for the future. It is an extreme violation that can make you feel wronged and unsafe in your community. Many sexual assault and abuse survivors experience severe emotional distress and psychological trauma from the crime committed against them. A sexual assault lawyer can help you rebuild your life and get the compensation that you deserve for this type of wrongdoing.
At Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, we are passionate about helping survivors demand justice and accountability from perpetrators and institutions in Silicon Valley. Contact us today to find out how we can help you during a free case consultation.
Why Choose Manly, Stewart & Finaldi?
- Our founder and managing partner, Attorney John C. Manly, has been representing clients in sexual assault lawsuits for more than 25 years.
- We are America’s leading sexual assault law firm, with a long history of groundbreaking case results. We’ve collected over $2 billion in settlements and judgments for our clients.
- Our sexual assault lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t pay us anything in attorney’s fees unless we successfully secure compensation on your behalf.
What Is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is the crime of touching someone’s intimate parts or making another type of sexual advance without that person’s consent or permission. It is an umbrella term that can refer to many different sex crimes, from verbal harassment to rape or sodomy. It can include:
- Child molestation
- Child pornography
- Clergy sexual abuse
- Indecent exposure
- Masturbating in front of someone
- Doctor sexual misconduct
- Groping or touching someone’s private parts
- Statutory rape
- San Jose State sexual assault
- Stanford sexual assault
- Santa Clara University sexual assault
and many other examples. Sexual assault can happen at church, school, work and many other places in Silicon Valley.
Do You Have a Silicon Valley Sexual Assault Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, you have the right to file a civil claim in addition to bringing criminal charges against the perpetrator. Filing a civil lawsuit can result in financial compensation awarded for your past and future losses. It can also hold the assailant and/or an institution accountable for the crimes committed against you. You could receive compensation for losses such as:
- Medical expenses
- Mental and psychological treatments
- Therapies and counseling
- Losses of income and earning opportunities
- Legal fees and court costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Diminished quality or enjoyment of life
To win a lawsuit against someone for sexually assaulting you, your lawyer will need to prove that the defendant(s) is more likely than not responsible for your losses based on clear and convincing evidence. If an institution is named as a defendant, your lawyer will need to prove that the establishment should have done more to protect you from sexual assault or abuse. Hiring an attorney can make it easier to build a compelling claim.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on a Sexual Assault Claim in California?
You have a time limit on filing a sexual assault claim in California. A law called the statute of limitations gives you no more than 10 years from the date of the incident to file your claim. If you were sexually abused as a minor, however, you have until your 40th birthday to file. Waiting too long does not only put you at risk of missing the statute of limitations; it also increases the odds that important evidence to support your case will be missing or destroyed. This is why you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible about a potential case.
Speak to a Sexual Assault Attorney in Silicon Valley Today
If you are a survivor of sexual assault in Silicon Valley or the surrounding areas in California, don’t hesitate to contact Manly, Stewart & Finaldi for a free and confidential case evaluation. If we believe your case has merit, we can file your claim and take care of all of the legal aspects of your case for you so that you can focus on healing. Your privacy and safety are our top priorities – we can keep your identity anonymous throughout your case if desired. Call (800) 700-8450 today to speak to a sexual assault attorney.