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Sexual Abuse & Assault Attorney

The Missouri and Kansas sexual abuse attorneys at Monsees & Mayer know being sexually assaulted or molested is one of the most difficult and painful experiences someone can endure. Our personal injury law firm focuses on helping victims and survivors.  Our entire office is trauma-informed trained to ensure we can better understand what our clients have been and are currently going through. We have offices located in Kansas City and Springfield, but routinely travel to meet with clients.   We strongly believe survivors and victims of sexual violence deserve to be heard, protected, and advocated for.

Many survivors are children, vulnerable to adults who hold authority or trust over them. Teenagers also face this danger; they are victimized under conditions where they lack the legal capacity to consent to sexual acts. In such instances, a sexual abuse attorney can hold the abusers—and groups they work within—accountable for these heinous acts.

Civil claims arising from these criminal acts are complex and require unique actions to be taken; for example, sexual assault lawyers often have to work closely with law enforcement officials to protect the survivors. Confidentiality, too, is a specialized aspect to consider in protecting the rights of sexual assault or abuse survivor. In order for survivors to be properly protected and represented, they should have an attorney who understands these concepts and is willing to fight for them.

At Monsees & Mayer, P.C., we masterfully and compassionately represent the survivors of sexual abuse. Our attorneys have decades of experience helping survivors, and we want to help you, too. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, contact our attorneys today.

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While this page provides general information, it does not constitute legal advice. The best way to get guidance on your specific legal issue is to contact a lawyer. Our consultations are always confidential.

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Child Sexual Abuse & Molestation Attorney

Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that includes sexual activity with a minor.  In the United States alone, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will become victims of child sexual abuse. To make matters worse, sexual abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes. Aside from estimates, no one knows for certain how many children fall victim to sexual predators.

Sexual perpetrators can be tried in both criminal and civil court.  Criminal courts punish the abuser with jail time, prison time or probation. Civil Courts help victims and survivors sue for damages caused by the perpetrators actions.

Stop Child Sexual Abuse: A Victim’s Civil Rights

Our attorneys recognize that sexual abuse is a traumatic event and is not easy for survivors to talk about. Although many survivors are not ready to speak with an attorney, they still have questions they need answered. Therefore, we have written this downloadable booklet to help answer those questions.

While we have tried to answer as many questions as we could, there will be others that arise. When you are ready to talk, contact us; we are here to answer any questions you may have.

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Challenges for Sexual Abuse Survivors

Beyond the obvious physical and emotional challenges sexual abuse survivors face, there are other common legal obstacles they must overcome. Some of these include time limits and adequate insurance coverage to compensate the survivors.

Time Limits

All types of cases have time limits within which one must file a lawsuit. These are usually referred to as “statutes of limitation.” When an abuser injures a child, most states allow the survivor to pursue a case after they reach adulthood; however, the application of this rule varies from state to state.

In addition, sexual abuse can be such a traumatic event that many survivors repress the memory of injury. Many states, including Missouri, recognize extended time when survivors repress memories, though this concept is somewhat unique to sexual abuse cases. Therefore, only attorneys with experience working within these time limits will give you the best chance for success.

Available Insurance

An attorney may be able to obtain insurance funds if an organization knew that an abuser was a threat. However, many insurance policies eliminate or limit the amount of insurance coverage for this specific type of claim. Because of this, it is especially important to work with attorneys who have experience sorting through the complex language found in insurance policies.

If your attorney cannot guarantee that the guilty party will pay the judgement, then it does no good to win your case. Luckily, our attorneys know how to collect in addition to knowing how to win.

Difference Between a Civil and Criminal Sexual Abuse Case

There is a difference between a criminal and civil liability case within the justice system. Criminal liability is brought against an individual(s) by the state or federal government in order to protect society, while civil liability is all about the survivor. The attorneys at Monsees & Mayer, P.C. advocate exclusively for survivors.

Criminal Courts

The criminal courts are entirely about the criminal; in this case, the sexual abuser. Cases are handled by a prosecuting attorney, and the purpose of the proceedings is to impose fines or prison sentences upon the abuser.

While some restitution or financial compensation may be awarded to the survivor, the criminal courts are a poor avenue through which to pursue it. This is because the purpose of criminal courts is to protect society as a whole, rather than advocate for individuals’ rights.

The criminal system’s standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt”; in other words, an individual can only be convicted of a crime if the jury is certain the abuser is guilty. Because of this, there are many morally culpable people who escape criminal liability because of this doubt in proof.

Civil Courts

The civil justice system is all about helping sexual assault survivors. Cases are handled by civil attorneys, and the purpose is to obtain compensation for the survivors of sexual abuse. The survivor can seek compensation for the damages they incurred as a result of the sexual abuse: depression, loss of self-esteem or relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), lost income and earnings capacity, medical expenses, and frequently, a lifetime of emotional distress.

The civil system’s standard of proof is relaxed compared to that of the criminal side. The survivor must prove their case by a “preponderance of the evidence.”  In simpler terms, the jury must “believe” the survivor’s case is more likely true than not; the scales must be tipped slightly in their favor. Therefore, even if an abuser escapes punishment in the criminal courts, they can still be punished within the civil court system.

Long-term Effects of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is traumatic for survivors and the damage it causes can have long-term effects. Therefore, survivors can and should sue their abusers to the fullest extent of the law. Thankfully, the law allows survivors to bring claims against offenders and their organizations, as well as obtain compensation for their injuries and losses, including pain and suffering. Survivors and their attorneys know, however, that the emotional scars left from such assaults often far outweigh the physical injuries.

For example, sexually abused children have a greater tendency to become abusers themselves. Moreover, survivors of sexual abuse are more likely to be re-victimized by future abuse. The long-term effects are devastating and can include depression, alcoholism, drug dependency, anxiety, insomnia, and other self-destructive behavior. These are all common attributes of sexual abuse survivors. In addition, future relationships may become challenging, and it may be difficult for survivors to trust adults.

Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other emotional injuries are common and can be horrific. Unfortunately, these kinds of emotional injuries are not as visible as physical ones. It is vital, then, that survivors choose an attorney who has experience working with mental healthcare experts to fully prove the psychological injuries from sexual abuse. Healthcare experts can help explain the full spectrum of problems suffered by such survivors, so their assistance is key.

In sum, the coercion and manipulation that invariably accompanies sexual abuse can have devastating physical and emotional consequences that last a lifetime.

Experienced & Compassionate Sexual Abuse Lawyer

At Monsees & Mayer, P.C., we take sexual abuse cases seriously. As unwavering but caring sexual assault lawyers, we have won many significant cases on behalf of abuse survivors.

The cases are emotionally charged. The survivor may be less than willing to talk about their own tragedy. Law enforcement may not fully cooperate in civil litigation. The perpetrator may rely on his or her rights to remain silent, further complicating proof of the case.

By nature, most sexual abuse cases settle confidentially. A majority of these cases depend on the involvement of expert witnesses and the willingness of survivors to testify against their abusers. We are prepared to fight this battle alongside you; contact us about finding your sexual abuse attorney today.

Our extensive experience includes successes involving:

  • Abuse cases against numerous churches
    • Including religious organizations that covered up or shielded abusers
  • Abuse committed by clergy members, youth ministers, or camp counselors
  • Organizations that did not perform proper background checks on staff
    • Including negligent hiring or supervision of sexual predators
  • Six- and seven-figure settlements on behalf of survivors and their families

We have the experience, empathy, and determination to help you win this fight.