Washington Law Center helps people who have been impacted by sexual abuse and sexual assault, whether it is accidental or intentional. Our legal team feels strongly that people who have been wronged in this manner should be given all the assistance they need to have a healthy life moving forward.

At Washington Law Center, we’re aware of the lifelong impact that sexual abuse and sexual assault has on the victims of these atrocities. Our sexual abuse attorneys in Washington understand the harm endured by victims of sexual abuse, foster care abuse, CPS abuse, DSHS abuse, Boy Scouts of America abuse, molestation and other deviant misconduct. These types of crimes are subject to legal punishment that includes monetary compensation to the victim. Victims are entitled to compensation for pain, suffering and the needed therapy that is common in these types of cases. Washington Law Center will launch a full investigation to uncover the facts that help to punish the perpetrator while working to secure proper financial compensation for the sexual assault victim.

Our sexual abuse lawyers understand that no amount compensation can reverse the victim’s mental or physical suffering. Proper compensation for the abuse victim can help with the long-term recovery (counseling, medical care, etc.). This is especially true when the abuse is sourced from a trusted entity like DSHS, CPS, foster care or sexual abuse from a teacher or a member of the clergy. The sexual abuse attorneys at Washington Law Center will hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

It’s important for you to know that our attorneys will be compassionate in the handling of your sexual abuse case. Our team of Washington sexual abuse lawyers is prepared to provide a voice for you or a loved one. We understand that this can be a very difficult time for you and your family. We will discuss your options with next steps you can take at no charge to you. Washington Law Center also has a no fee promise. If we do not win your case, you don’t pay any attorney fees.

We fight, you win.

See how we can help your Washington sexual abuse case by giving us a call us today. You can also fill out our contact form below or send us an email.

Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault FAQ

  • What Types of Sexual Abuse Are There?

    What types of sexual abuse are there?

    Sexual abuse (or also referred to as molestation) is usually defined as the forcing of undesired sexual acts by one person on to another person.

    General categories of sex crimes may be defined in different ways, as well as referred to by different terms, depending upon the jurisdiction. Common types of sexual abuse involve:

    • Psychological forms of abuse, which includes but is not limited to:
      • Stalking
      • Sexual harassment
      • Indecent exposure
      • Human trafficking
      • Being the victim of exhibitionism
    • Non-consensual (or forced) physical contact resulting in sexual behavior (most commonly, rape or sexual assault)
    • Abusing a position of trust for sexual purposes. This includes:
      • Incest
      • Pedophilia
      • Pederasty (sexual activity involving a man and a boy)
      • Sexual assault

  • What are Common Signs of Sexual Abuse?

    What are Common Signs of Sexual Abuse?

    Signs of sexual abuse do not follow a specific pattern. While some may respond immediately to the traumatic experiences, others may take months and in some cases, years to react. Additionally, some may recover very quickly while others have lasting effects. The impact of sexual abuse varies from person to person. It can occur on several different levels – physical, mental, and emotional.

    Victims of sexual abuse or assault may display some of the following common signs:

    • Fear response to situations that remind them of the assault
    • An overall sense of anxiety, as if they’ll never feel safe again
    • Flashbacks of the assault
    • Problems concentrating and focusing on tasks
    • Guilt
    • A negative self-image (sometimes saying that they feel “dirty” or unclean)
    • Anger
    • Depression
    • Disruptions in close relationships
    • Loss of interest in sex

    For teens who have been the victims of sexual abuse, some of the signs differ. Additional common signs of sexual abuse in teens include:

    • Self-harm (i.e. cutting)
    • Drug & alcohol abuse
    • Sexual promiscuity
    • Suicide attempts
    • Inadequate personal hygiene
    • Fear of intimacy
    • Compulsive eating or dieting

  • Sexual Abuse Statistics

    Sexual Abuse Statistics

    Statistics for Sexual Abuse in Adults

    • Only roughly 30% of sexual abuse cases are reported to authorities
    • About 20 million out of 112 million women (18%) in the US have been raped at some point in their life
    • Only 16% of all rapes are reported to law enforcement
    • 81% of women who experience some form of sexual abuse or sexual assault by an intimate partner report a significant impact on their daily life
    • Roughly 35% of women who were raped as minors also were raped as adults
    • 28% of male rape victims were first raped when they were 10 years old or younger

    Child/Teen Victim Statistics for Sexual Abuse

    • Approximately 1.8 million minors in the US have been the victims of sexual assault
    • Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before they turn 18
    • 82% of victims under the age of 18 are female
    • 1 in 5 female high school students have reported that they were physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner

  • What's the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse in Washington?

    What’s the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse in Washington?

    In the state of Washington, the statute of limitations for sexual assault and abuse is complex. The law varies based on the age of the victim and the time at which it was reported.  It is best to contact an attorney so you can get the professional legal advice you need to proceed with your case.

  • What is Child Sexual Abuse?

    What is Child Sexual Abuse?

    Child sex abuse in Washington is classified as any unwanted or undesired sexual activity brought on by the use of verbal or physical threats or force. Children are almost 3 times more likely thatn adults to be the victim of sexualabuse or rape. The sad reality is that many of these crimes go unreported.

    Examples of sexual abuse or explotation of a child:

    • Children or adults who were abused by a member of the Catholic clergy or a priest
    • Any sort of sexual abuse involving a student and teacher, including a person with similar authority over a student
    • Children who were abused in a foster home setting, while under protective services, or any similar environment where they were left under the care of adults
    • If abuse occurred while a child was attending summer camps, day care or while they were a member of Boy Scouts, sports leagues, or other similar activities
    • Anyone who been abused while under the supervision of medical professionals

    If you think you need a lawyer for childhood sexual abuse, contact the attorneys of Washington Law Center today.

  • What is the Statue of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse in Washington?

    What is the Statue of Limitations for Childhood Sexual Abuse in Washington?

    In the state of Washington, pursuant to RCW 4.16.190 children’s claims for injuries are extended until they reach the age of majority. This means that children that have been the victim of someone else’s negligence or intentional actions have until the age of 18 before the statute of limitations begins to run. 

    Washington also has even more protections built in for children who have been the victim of childhood sexual abuse. 

    According to RCW 4.16.340, a child who has been the victim of sexual abuse may have much a longer window (potentially indefinitely) to file their claim and seek compensation from the perpetrator.

    At Washington Law Center, our lawyers for childhood sex abuse have been able to pursue claims on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse well into their adulthood. In one case, our client was nearly sixty years of age. These victims were abused by clergy members, youth homes, foster homes, day care facilities, teachers and members of their own family. Sadly, these victims were unable to realize how childhood sexual abuse had been impacting them their entire life. 

  • Resources for Sexual Abuse Victims

    Resources for Sexual Abuse Victims

    Washington Law Center is committed to helping the victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Please refer to the following organizations below for more information and advice for survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones. If you have questions regarding legal matters related to sexual abuse or sexual assualt, please contact the attorneys of Washington Law Center.

    RAINN: Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

    National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

    Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs

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