According to the advocacy organization RAINN, one person is sexually abused or assaulted every 73 seconds in the United States. This act of violence can have a severe impact on survivors’ emotional and physical health and may contribute to financial hardship. If you are a sexual abuse survivor, you can pursue criminal charges against the perpetrator—and you can also file a personal injury lawsuit in Missouri civil court.
Through a sexual abuse lawsuit, you can seek justice and recover compensation from the perpetrator and the institutions that allowed the abuse to happen. The Kansas City attorneys at Goza & Honnold, LLC can represent you in your claim against the abuser, providing the support you need to hold him or her accountable.
Why Choose Us
- Our attorneys believe in empathy and compassion throughout the case process. We will take the time to listen to your story and carefully explain your next steps.
- Our firm has helped thousands of clients recover full and fair compensation from liable parties. We will work tirelessly to craft a compelling case on your behalf.
- Our attorneys have decades of experience helping clients recover from their experiences. We will use our resources to connect you with the help you need.
Sexual Abuse Civil Lawsuit versus Criminal Charges
Sexual abuse refers to abusive sexual behavior that one person enacts on another person without his or her consent. Sexual abuse is a crime in Missouri, and survivors can pursue criminal charges against the perpetrator. Penalties for criminal sexual abuse include prison time and fines.
After police investigate and arrest him or her, a prosecutor files criminal charges against the perpetrator and you may need to go to court. If he or she does not plead guilty, the prosecutor will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the sexual abuse occurred for the court to convict the perpetrator.
In addition to criminal charges, you may pursue a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. While the purpose of a criminal case is to punish the perpetrator, the goal of a civil lawsuit is to provide monetary damages to the survivor. Since these claims follow a different process and do not result in criminal penalties, you can pursue a criminal case and a civil lawsuit for the same act of sexual abuse.
Instead of proving that the abuse occurred beyond a reasonable doubt, you and your attorney will only need to prove the case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that there is a greater than 50% chance that the abuse occurred. If you can prove the preponderance of the evidence, you can recover monetary damages for the losses you suffered due to the assault.
Potential Damages for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can impact a survivor in several ways. You may need to receive medical attention for any injuries you suffered due to the assault, as well as mental health care to heal from the psychological trauma. You may be unable to go to work and struggle to cope with the financial and emotional toll of the abuse.
Through a civil lawsuit, you can recover compensation for two types of damages: economic and non-economic. While economic damages involve your financial losses, non-economic damages concern your physical and emotional pain and suffering. Common types of damages in sexual abuse lawsuits include the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Mental health care
- Property damage
- Depression and anxiety
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Contact Goza & Honnold, LLC
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, you are not alone. The attorneys at Goza & Honnold, LLC represent survivors in their personal injury claims against perpetrators, working tirelessly to secure the compensation they need to recover.
Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kansas City sexual abuse attorney.