Answering Your Questions About Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
Child sexual abuse can have lasting consequences for the victim and their entire family. In many cases, you have the right to seek justice through a civil claim with the help of a skilled child sexual abuse attorney.
I am attorney Konrad Kircher, and I am here for you. At Kircher Law, LLC, I have been holding child predators accountable for what they have done to victims for the past 30 years. Below, I have provided some answers to common questions I hear from clients as they start their cases.
How do criminal and civil lawsuits for child sexual abuse differ?
Criminal lawsuits are initiated by the state to punish offenders, while civil lawsuits are filed by victims seeking compensation. Criminal cases focus on proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, whereas civil cases require a preponderance of evidence to establish liability. A civil case can even succeed where a criminal case failed or was never filed.
How do you report child sexual abuse in Ohio?
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has introduced 855-O-H-CHILD (855-642-4453). This automated phone directory directly links callers to a child welfare or law enforcement office in their county. You can channel any anonymous child sexual abuse reports through this service.
What are the statutes of limitations on sexual abuse cases in Ohio?
Child victims of sexual abuse have a 12-year statute of limitations, commencing when the victim turns 18. Essentially, individuals who have experienced child sexual abuse must initiate a lawsuit before reaching the age of 30. Adult victims of sexual assault are required to file a civil lawsuit within one year of the attack.
Can child victims of sexual abuse remain anonymous during legal proceedings?
State law provides measures to protect the identity of child victims, including closed courtrooms and restrictions on publishing names.
What are the long-term impacts of child sexual abuse?
Child sexual abuse can lead to profound and lasting impacts, affecting mental health, relationships and self-esteem like anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Suvivors seeking support and healing may find empowerment through connecting with mental health professionals, advocacy organizations, and support groups.
Get In Touch For More Answers
In the face of child sexual abuse, state laws empower survivors to seek justice with the support of skilled Ohio child sexual abuse attorneys. I welcome you to call me at 888-725-0811 or use my online form to schedule a free initial consultation.