How to File a Sexual Assault Civil Lawsuit

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With the rise of sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America and their recent announcement of bankruptcy, many victims are asking how the process works and how they can file a civil lawsuit against their child's perpetrator.

Currently, all civil lawsuits relating to the Boy Scouts of America are being handled within their bankruptcy case. Since that now has a deadline for victims to file by November 16th, 2020, parents are trying to figure out how to file on behalf of their child as soon as possible. If you are one of those parents, we can help. Read on to learn about how the process for filing a civil lawsuit works and then fill out our free case evaluation to get the process started.

Is It Considered Sexual Assault?

This is one of the first questions you need answered before you pursue a sexual assault case. There is so much stigma around sexual assault that it can be hard to know what falls into that category.

Any action that happens to a victim as a means of force or coercion where the actions were nonconsensual is considered assault. When it comes to sexual assault, this includes:

  • Attempted rape
  • Rape
  • Unwanted sexual contact
  • Fondling
  • Forcing a victim to perform sexual acts

Other sexual crimes that are not sexual assault and do not fall under a sexual assault case include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Solicitation of minors
  • Possession of child pornography

Although not considered sexual assault, these sexual crimes can still lead to legal cases and we recommend you talk to a lawyer.

Where to File for Sexual Abuse Relating to the Boy Scouts of America

There are many sexual abuse cases against the Boy Scouts of America in many different states, and there are many legal deadlines depending on the state in which you file. Boy scout troops are known for crossing state lines for scouting excursions, and if your child was victimized during one of those trips then you may be eligible to file in the state in which the incident occurred. Otherwise, you'll want to file in the state your child was part of their Boy Scout troop. You'll want to talk to your sexual abuse lawyer about which state is best for you to file in.

Why Hire a Sexual Abuse Lawyer?

Sexual abuse cases are sensitive. They can get messy. But they are much less likely to be so if you have a knowledgeable lawyer beside you every step of the way. At Cooney & Conway, we care deeply about our clients and we want to see the best possible outcome for your situation.

If you or your child were sexually abused, you may be able to file a claim to hold the perpetrators and the institutions that enabled and protected them accountable for the abuse and trauma you endured and its lasting effects. We will do our absolute best to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve and that justice is served. Fill out our free case evaluation to get started.