Sexual Abuse Lawyer, Windsor, Ontario
Sexual abuse victims often experience trauma that can change their lives forever. Within the last decade, the prevalence of sexual abuse in our society has been acknowledged as thousands of these crimes come to light. As criminal proceedings often focus on the perpetrator and society at large, a victim’s interests can fall by the wayside.
The law provides recourse for sexual abuse victims through civil justice. In a civil court, sexual abuse victims can seek compensation for what they have lost from both the organizations that failed to protect them and the perpetrators of the abuse.
Organizations that may have either exposed sexual abuse victims to harm or failed to protect them or sheltered perpetrators of abuse can include:
- Children’s protective services
- Government organizations
- Fire departments
- Police departments
- Social clubs
- Churches and other religious organizations
- Elementary or high schools
- Universities or colleges
- Sports teams and sporting organizations
- Hockey teams
- Football teams
- Gymnastics teams
- Soccer teams
Recent Abuse - Am I too early?
No. If possible, securing representation early will allow us to gather evidence that will be helpful in prosecuting your case and protect your interests. There is no reason to go through this alone.
Historical Sexual Abuse Claims – Am I too late?
No. The law assumes that sexual abuse victims are not able to prosecute their case until they actually do so. The Ontario Limitations Act reads:
There is no limitation period in respect of…
(h) a proceeding based on a sexual assault.
(h.1) a proceeding based on any other misconduct of a sexual nature if, at the time of the misconduct, the person with the claim was a minor or any of the following applied with respect to the relationship between the person with the claim and the person who committed the misconduct:
(i) the other person had charge of the person with the claim,
(ii) the other person was in a position of trust or authority in relation to the person with the claim,
(iii) the person with the claim was financially, emotionally, physically or otherwise dependent on the other person;
How We Work
We understand that you may not be in a position to pay for a lawyer. If we are able to help you, we will work for you on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will generally only charge you if and when we are successful with your case. Call for a free consultation with a Katzman Wylupek LLP lawyer to learn more about what we can do for you.
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