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Kansas Statute of Limitations: Child Sexual Abuse

Kansas Statute Of Limitations For Child Sexual Abuse Kansas statute of limitations laws previously restricted civil lawsuits that stem from crimes of sexual abuse perpetrated against children to a short, 3-year window; a clock that began ticking the day victims turned 18. As of July 1st, 2023, Kansas joined a growing number of states in…

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How Forensic Evidence Can Support Claims Of Sexual Abuse

Understanding Corroborating Evidence In Sexual Abuse Cases Corroborating evidence refers to information that supports or confirms the claims made by an alleged victim of sexual abuse. This evidence helps establish that the abuse likely occurred. Some examples of corroborating evidence in these cases include: Medical evidence: Examinations may reveal physical signs of abuse like bruising,…

Defining Sexual Abuse: What Constitutes as Sexual Abuse?

What Is Sexual Abuse? Sexual abuse refers to any unwanted sexual act or behavior that violates a person’s consent or makes them feel uncomfortable. Acts of sexual abuse can include touching, fondling, intercourse, exposing oneself, or obscene communication. Sexual abuse often occurs when there is a power imbalance that prevents consent, whether due to age,…

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Understanding the Statute of Limitations for Sexual Abuse Cases

Statute Of Limitations For Sexual Abuse Cases Involving Minors The statute of limitations refers to the maximum time period after an offense during which legal proceedings can be initiated. For civil claims of childhood sexual abuse, most states have amended or temporarily suspended the statute of limitations. This allows victims to pursue legal action against…

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Reporting Sexual Abuse: Your Rights, Options, and Support

Understanding Your Rights: Filing A Police Report As a victim of sexual abuse, you have rights and options available to you. Filing a police report is one way to pursue justice while documenting the details of your case. When reporting sexual abuse, you may bring a trusted friend or advocate with you for support. Be…

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Shedding Light on Sexual Assault Awareness Month Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs every April and is a time dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and educating individuals and communities so we can better prevent it. It creates an opportunity for: Open dialogue Supporting victims and survivors Advocating for change The purpose of Sexual…

Legal Remedies for Sexual Abuse Victims

Every year, millions of men, women, and children across the United States experience some sort of sexual abuse or harassment. Criminal laws in our country are designed to hold wrongdoers accountable for their unlawful conduct by forcing them into prison, requiring them to register as sex offenders, and requiring perpetrators to pay substantial files. Although…

Can You Make a Claim for Recovery in a Child Sexual Abuse Case?

Can You Make a Claim for Recovery in a Child Sexual Abuse Case?

In most cases, financial recovery for sexual abuse survivors comes in the form of insurance money. Many clients ask about attaching personal assets of the perpetrator or responsible individuals. However, often these individuals lack assets all together (i.e., money) or accessible ones because of legal protections (i.e., trusts). Understanding Insurance Policies While proving the acts of…

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Sexual Abuse Cases: Criminal vs. Civil

Criminal Courts Protect Society, Not Necessarily the Victim Criminal liability is imposed by the state or the federal government. That is to say, perpetrators have broken a law put in place by one or both of those governing parties. These crimes against victims of sexual abuse must be advanced by a prosecuting authority. While some…