San Francisco Bay Area Childhood Sexual Molestation and Abuse Lawyers
Childhood sexual abuse causes devastating life changes. Sexual abuse can alter personality development and corrupt personal relationships over a lifetime. It can rob people of their childhood, and replace happiness with grief and suffering for the survivor and his or her family.
While no amount of money can repair the damage done to a child and their family by a child molester, going after a molester for monetary damages can ensure your child will have the funds necessary for medical costs, counseling, and other needs.
If your child, or a child you know, has been the victim of molestation, sexual abuse, or assault, contact our firm immediately to discuss your rights, and the legal care that we can provide.
Fact About Child Molestation You Need to Know
Children who report sexual abuse often have to tell several people before any action is taken. It is rare for a child to lie about abuse. If a child has reported sexual abuse to you, take it seriously.
- Parents and children most often know the child molester.
- Approximately 60% of molesters are known to the child, but are not family members, such as family friends, neighbors, club leaders, camp counselors, or teachers.
- Approximately 30% of molesters are family members, such as fathers, brothers, uncles, or cousins.
- Approximately 1 out of every 4 girls, and 1 out of every 6 boys, are sexually abused in the U.S.
- Childhood sexual abuse is not a rare occurrence. It happens every day in families just like yours, in communities just like yours.
Often molesters exploit positions of authority by creating a sense of trust and friendship with the child. Many molesters will continue their abuse over time by demanding secrecy of what they often call a “special” or “loving” relationship.
Child abusers often do not use force but instead "groom" the child by using manipulative tactics, such as giving gifts, taking the child for special activities, or exposing the child to pornography.
With rare exceptions, child molesters are men who have placed themselves in a position where they have been trusted to instruct, guide and serve children: priests, ministers, teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, coaches, club leaders, dentists, doctors, therapists, crossing guards, and volunteer school aides.
Effects of Childhood Sexual Assault
The psychological scars of child molestation can endure with terrible consequences in every facet of life and at great cost emotionally, and even financially, to the survivor and their family.
The effects of childhood sexual abuse can include:
- Physical Injury
- Post-traumatic stress or complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Other serious psychological conditions
- Sever emotional pain
- Loss of personal self-esteem, damage to personal self-worth, and destroyed self-confidence
Abused children who receive therapy soon after being molested have the best psychological outcomes and develop an understanding that what happened was not their fault. Delayed discovery and delayed psychological counseling can take a devastating toll and require years of therapy and support.
Confidentiality In Childhood Sexual Assault Cases
Our protocol is to keep the lawsuit and the results confidential, avoiding unnecessary publicity. There have been only a few exceptions when we could not maintain confidentiality. This was when the case was tried in open court and when a last-minute settlement was placed on the record in open court.
- The San Jose Mercury in McGreevy v. Abbott: "Monday’s verdict before Superior Court Judge Conrad L. Rushing is thought to be the first of its kind against a child molester in Santa Clara County..."
- The San Francisco Chronicle: "A young San Jose woman who was sexually molested by her stepfather nine-years-ago was awarded $210,000 worth of real estate yesterday as compensation for the psychological damages she suffered. 'We took every penny he had, which was our intention,' said attorney Richard Alexander, who represented 18-year-old Julie Baker in her lawsuit against Ralph Meyer, 52. The suit was scheduled to go to trial yesterday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, but was settled at the last minute."
- Other than these cases, awards and settlements have remained confidential.
Prior Accusations of Child Sexual Abuse Are Common
All too often when a family comes to us we discover that:
- There were prior accusations of molestation by other children.
- Those accusations were dismissed with no investigation or downplayed with the molester receiving only a reprimand, a transfer, or in some cases a quiet dismissal, but with no official charges.
- Nothing had been done to get the predator, an accused child molester, away from future prey.
In these situations the child molester had other victims and could have been stopped, but their employer, or board that governs them, dismissed or downplayed the accusations, or engaged in an outright cover-up for the sake of their own reputation, while doing nothing to protect the children.
We Have Pursued Legal Action On Behalf Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors
We have successfully pursued legal action against perpetrators of childhood sexual assault, as well as organizations negligent in responding to allegations of childhood sexual assault or negligent in dealing with accused offenders, including:
- Individual perpetrators
- Bay Area schools and school districts, including Palto Alto School District, Mountain View-Los Altos High School District, and Harker Academy
- Medical care providers, including Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and Permanente Medical Group, Inc.
- Government agencies, including the County of San Mateo, and Tulare County
- Child care service providers, including Carmen’s Child Care Services
- Child sports providers, including Little League Baseball, Tri-City Little League, Sunnyvale-Cupertino PAL/Pop Warner Football, Peninsula Pop Warner Football
Work With Dedicated, Passionate, Award-Winning Attorneys
While there is no amount of money that can repair the damage done to a child and their family by a child molester, for over 30-years Richard Alexander and the Alexander Law Group, LLP have relentlessly pursued every possible avenue available to ensure that the child will have the funds necessary for the medical and psychological counseling that will be needed throughout his or her life.
We are advocates for our clients and we invite you to read what our clients have to say about us. We operate on a contingent fee basis, which means we never charge a fee or costs unless you make a recovery.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, molestation, or sexual assault, contact our firm immediately to discuss the survivor's rights, and the legal care that we can provide.