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Baron & Herskowitz Lawyers Leading the State of Florida in Fighting Sexual Assault

If you or someone you know was the victim of a sexual assault, you should consult with an attorney regarding your rights and potential remedies. We can help.

 

 

The law firm of Baron & Herskowitz is dedicated to handling the investigation and litigation of cases involving sexual assault. 

Don’t hesitate – to ask questions or to find out how we can help you, please call us at 305-670-0101 or fill out our online contact form for a free and confidential claim evaluation.

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What is Sexual Assualt?

The term sexual assault encompasses several forms of abuse, including sexual harassment, molestation, and rape. Most acts of sexual assault are perpetrated by someone known to the victim, whether it be a friend, a colleague, or a family member they know and trust. 

Types of Sexual Assault Include:

  • Sexual harassment is defined as any non-consensual conduct relating to sex, including verbal, physical, and written sexual misconduct. Unwanted advances and disparaging sexual jokes are considered sexual harassment.
  • Rape and attempted rape
  • Any non-consensual and sexual physical touches, regardless of where it is on the body
  • Coercing a victim into touching you or engaging in sexual activity
  • Any instance of force or violence in a non-consensual sexual context
  • Any sexual act that occurred while a victim was unable to give consent

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What should you do if you were the victim of sexual assault?

If you have been the victim of sexual assault, get to safety as soon as possible. Once you have gotten yourself in a safe place follow these important steps.

  • Medical Help:  Seek medical attention you may have injuries, even if there are none visible. A nurse or doctor will then collect evidence using a rape kit, which samples hair, saliva, semen, and fibers from clothing. The rape kit will be useful if you decide to press charges.
  • Report Your Attack: Talk to the police and if you need additional support you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE. 
  • Contact Baron & Herskowitz: When you are ready to go after your abuser and regain your voice and your strength, we can assist you with your claim. You are not required to have filed a police report against your attacker in order to pursue a sexual assault civil lawsuit.

How Long Do I Have To File A Sexual Assault Claim?

Florida law states that a person filing a claim for sexual assault in civil court must do so within the following timeline:

  • Seven years after the victim reaches the age of majority, which is 18 years old in the state of Florida
  • Within four years of a realization that a link exists between an injury and abuse, or within four years from when the victim leaves the abuser’s dependency
  • There is no limitation for victims under 18 years of age.

Many states have waived limitations on child molestation. In 2020, Donna’s Law came into effect. Donna’s Law removes limitations on prosecuting sexual assault against victims under 18 but does not apply to crimes committed before July 1, 2020.

Baron & Herskowitz represents a wide range of Sexual Assault victims:

  • Child and adult victims of molestation and sexual abuse by priests, ministers, teachers, Boy Scout leaders, daycare providers, and others
  • Nursing home residents sexually abused by staff members or other residents
  • Patients abused by therapists, counselors, physicians, and hospital staff

Hiring an Attorney to Pursue A Sexual Assault Claim

If you or someone you know was the victim of a sexual assault, you should consult with an attorney regarding your rights and potential remedies. An experienced sexual assault attorney can review the facts of your case and determine if you have a valid claim. 

At Baron and Herskowitz we represent individuals who have been the victims of sexual assault. Having the right attorney on your side can make a  huge difference in the outcome of your sexual assault case. We represent people throughout Miami and across the state of Florida. To schedule, a consultation contact our firm today (305) 670-0101 or info@bhfloridalaw.com.

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