Sexual Abuse and Assault Victims Attorney
If you or one of your loved ones has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual assault, and you are in need of a sexual abuse and assault victims attorney, the lawyers of Soloff & Zervanos in Philadelphia, serving New Jersey and communities throughout Pennsylvania, can help. Our attorneys can pursue justice through civil lawsuits for damages to which you are entitled in your time of physical and emotional trauma. Soloff & Zervanos attorney Jeffrey P. Fritz is the former president (2010 & 2011) of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, a nationwide association of attorneys representing victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and other crimes.
The National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control both report that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that each year there are over 200,000 victims of sexual assault in the United States. Unfortunately, less than half of these victims report having been assaulted. Many victims struggle with the fear of reporting sexual assault, or feelings of shame and guilt.
We have represented adult and child sexual assault victims in lawsuits against perpetrators and institutions who have failed to protect against sexual assaults including lawsuits against schools, universities, hospitals, day care centers, youth organizations, nightclubs and babysitters. We emphasize the total representation of a crime victims' needs in the criminal justice system, civil justice system, and in obtaining resources for counseling, medical care and lost wages through insurance or other means. We fight to protect the privacy and dignity of victims through every step.
At Soloff & Zervanos, we want you to understand that our attorneys are ready to listen to you so that we can provide compassionate legal counsel and aggressive representation in court. A sexual abuse and assault victims attorney at the office of Soloff & Zervanos in Philadelphia can help you or a loved one in preserving your rights as a crime victim and in collecting damages if someone has taken advantage of you. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
What Constitutes Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is defined as any form of unwanted sexual advance or sexual touching, without consent, which can result in a lifetime of emotional and physical pain. This includes:
- Sexual abuse by a person in a professional relationship using a position of power to take advantage of another person
- Sexual abuse by a member of the clergy
- Sexual abuse by a family member
- Sexual assault by a teacher, coach or babysitter
- Sexual assault during a date
- Any unwanted sexual contact
Recovering from Sexual Assault
It can certainly be said that anyone who has been the victim of sexual assault may never fully recover from the effects of this trauma. However, there are certain measures a victim of sexual assault can and should take in order to heal and recover emotionally. These include seeking medical attention from a physician to treat any physical injuries, and seeking the care and guidance of a psychologist or counselor to address emotional damage. These services can be ongoing and costly; if you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual assault, you deserve compensation to pay for the services you need.
We Want to Help You
Sexual assault is a serious crime with devastating ramifications. We believe justice should be served in these cases, and that victims are entitled to ample compensation to aid them in both their physical and emotional recovery. The law provides time limits for pursuing a civil lawsuit for sexual assault; however, there are many exceptions in the law which can extend the time that a lawsuit can be filed on behalf of a sexual assault survivor. A sexual abuse and assault victims attorney at Soloff & Zervanos can discuss the facts of your case to provide you with a complete free initial consultation about your rights. If you or a loved one has been victimized, contact a sexual abuse and assault victims attorney with Soloff & Zervanos serving Philadelphia, Reading, Lancaster, Allentown, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We are passionate about helping victims protect their rights and obtain the maximum compensation allowable under the law in the wake of this tragically all-too-common crime.