Sexual assault is a profoundly serious issue that leaves deep and lasting impacts on its survivors. It involves any unwanted sexual act forced upon a person without their consent, and the effects of such an experience can be both emotionally and physically devastating. Survivors may face a range of challenges, including trauma, fear, and the struggle for justice.
At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we specialize in offering compassionate, comprehensive legal assistance for survivors of sexual assault, particularly those occurring at the University of Southern California (USC). Our attorneys have a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding sexual assault cases and are committed to helping you seek justice. If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault at USC, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with us today.
Why Choose the Attorneys at Estey & Bomberger, LLP?
- Our firm specializes in representing survivors of sexual assault in lawsuits against their perpetrators and the institutions that protect them. We will protect your rights and be your advocate so that you can recover a fair settlement.
- We offer compassion and understanding to every sexual assault survivor we represent. Our attorneys will be available throughout your case to answer your questions and provide the support that you deserve.
- We handle USC sexual assault cases on a no-win, no-fee basis. With this approach, you can pursue litigation without worrying about upfront costs—you only pay if we win your case.
Sexual Assault Is a Major Problem at USC
Sexual violence at USC has emerged as a significant concern, with assailants including professors, students, and staff. The university has been criticized for its slow response to these incidents and for instances where it seemingly covered up abuse. The gravity of the situation is highlighted by alarming statistics: about one in three female undergraduates at USC have reported experiencing sexual assault. Furthermore, a vast majority of students who have faced sexual assault and harassment choose not to report these incidents to university resources.
The case of George Tyndall, a former USC gynecologist accused of sexually abusing hundreds of patients since the 1990s, exemplifies the institution’s challenges in addressing sexual misconduct. Despite years of accusations, it was not until a nurse filed a complaint in 2016 that serious actions were taken against Tyndall, leading to his suspension and eventual retirement.
USC faced considerable backlash for not reporting these accusations to the Medical Board of California, highlighting systemic issues in handling sexual misconduct allegations. The university later paid a settlement of over $1.1 billion to Tyndall’s former patients, marking one of the largest payouts in these cases.
Personal Injury Lawsuits versus Criminal Proceedings for Sexual Assault
The aftermath of a sexual assault can be devastating, and victims often face the daunting task of navigating the legal system. While there are several ways for a survivor to find healing and recover from this act of violence, two options are the most prevalent: pressing criminal charges and filing a personal injury lawsuit.
While criminal cases focus on punishing the perpetrator, personal injury lawsuits in civil court aim at compensating the victim for the harm that they suffered. These proceedings exist independently of one another; you have the right to pursue both pathways, one of them, or neither. The choice is yours.
A key difference lies in the burden of proof; civil cases require a lower standard of proof compared to criminal cases. Thus, even if the assailant is acquitted in a criminal trial, they can still be held liable in a civil lawsuit. This path can be particularly empowering for survivors, offering a means to seek justice and closure, even when the criminal justice system falls short.
Estey & Bomberger, LLP Will Handle Your Case with Compassion
At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we understand the complex emotional and legal challenges faced by survivors of sexual assault at USC. We are committed to protecting survivors’ rights and helping them navigate civil litigation, holding assailants and institutions accountable. Our attorneys recognize that each survivor’s journey is unique, and we tailor our legal strategies to align with their individual needs and circumstances.
Our firm can support your case in several ways, such as:
- Customized Legal Strategies: Understanding each case’s uniqueness, we develop personalized legal strategies that are tailored to address the specific circumstances and goals of each survivor.
- Expertise in Civil Litigation: Our extensive experience in civil litigation equips us to adeptly navigate the complexities of your case, ensuring effective advocacy for your rights and interests.
- Comprehensive Evidence Management: We meticulously gather, analyze, and present evidence to build a compelling case and make sure that your story is heard.
- Dedication to Accountability: Our commitment extends to holding both assailants and negligent institutions accountable, seeking justice and promoting systemic change.
Steps to Take If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted
If you have been sexually assaulted, taking certain steps can be crucial for your safety and for building a strong legal case.
- First and foremost, prioritize your safety and well-being. If possible, find a safe place and seek immediate medical attention. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger and report the incident to the police.
- Next, get a physical exam. Even if you are unsure about filing a report, a medical examination can be vital for documenting your injuries and preserving evidence if you do choose to go forward. You have the right to bring a loved one or a survivor’s advocate with you to this exam.
- If you want to report the incident to the police, contact law enforcement. You can choose whether to report the assault to the police, but doing so can be a significant step in seeking justice.
- Reach out to a support system, whether it’s friends, family, or a counselor. The emotional aftermath of a sexual assault can be traumatic, and trusted individuals can support you during this difficult time.
- Consider contacting a USC sexual assault attorney, like those at Estey & Bomberger, LLP, who can guide you through your legal options and rights.
Schedule a Free, No-Obligation Consultation Today
If you are a survivor of sexual assault at USC, you don’t have to face this challenging time alone. At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we understand the courage it takes to come forward, and we can stand with you every step of the way. Our specialized school system sexual assault attorneys bring a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to make sure your story is heard. Contact us today at (800) 260-7197 to discuss your case with a USC sexual assault attorney.