REPRESENTATION OF VICTIMS / SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Victims, survivors, of Sexual Assault suffer traumatic and often lifelong injury. Physical and mental.
Sex assault is an assault upon a victim’s person . . . whether it is harassment, unwanted touching or contact, or rape… simply, a sexual act of any kind without a victim’s consent.
It may involve children or juveniles, who cannot consent to any sexual contact with an adult because, under the law, the adult was in a position of trust, or where the ages of those involved means that there is no possible legal consent to any sexual contact.
Victims of sexual assault need the representation of a good lawyer to counsel, advise, assist, and pursue litigation against those responsible. Sex assault often involves persons known to the victim and is a betrayal of trust, and often a betrayal by other individuals or businesses whose negligence makes them responsible as well for the sexual assault . . . and liable under the law.
SEX ASSAULT IS A CRIME
Sex assault is a crime. If reported, the perpetrator should be prosecuted in the criminal justice system. The criminal justice system, separate from the civil justice system, is where the perpetrator is prosecuted for the criminal act of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact, harassment, or other related offenses. If convicted, the perpetrator will face punitive sanctions such as prison, jail, or probation.
The criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing to a victim. As former prosecutors, the lawyers at Frederick | Ganderton understand the innerworkings of a district attorney’s office, and are able to fully walk a victim through the criminal justice process, and assist them with asserting their rights under law, as a victim. We help the victim feel more confident, secure, and to understand the process of the criminal justice system.
SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM / SURVIVOR REPRESENTATION IN THE CIVIL JUSTICE SYSTEM
In addition to the criminal justice system, victims may have a civil claim against the perpetrator of the sexual assault, as well as businesses, facilities, schools, churches, clubs, and other organizations or individuals that may have failed to protect the victim under law.
We, at Frederick | Ganderton, litigate sexual assault claims against the perpetrators of sex assaults, as well as any and all others who also bear responsibility, liability, for the assault, which includes those businesses, schools, organizations, churches, clubs and others who negligently failed to protect the victim by, for example, hiring a perpetrator who should have never been offered employment in the first place, failing to properly supervise a perpetrator, retaining a perpetrator despite knowing better, and even assisting the perpetrator through inaction or even covering up a perpetrator’s offense or obstructing any investigation into any incidents of sexual assault or misconduct.
HOW WE CAN HELP
Michael Frederick and David Ganderton, the law Partners at Frederick | Ganderton, are uniquely experienced and trained to be that lawyer for victims of sexual assault. As former Deputy District Attorneys, with over 15 years of misdemeanor and felony prosecution experience between us, including the prosecution of sex assault cases ranging from harassment, unlawful sexual contact, and rape, as well as cases involving those who cannot legally consent, involving children and juvenile victims.
If law enforcement authorities have filed criminal charges against the perpetrator, sexual assault victims will have the added stress as a victim within the criminal justice system. As former Deputy District Attorneys, we know what to expect in the criminal justice system and are able to help guide and represent our clients throughout the criminal process while representing them in a civil action against those responsible.
The Partners at Frederick | Ganderton have sought justice for victims of sexual assault throughout our legal careers, both in the criminal prosecution of perpetrators of sex assault in our prior careers as Deputy District Attorneys, have for the past decade as attorneys in the civil arena, and continue to do so today, seeking compensation for, and protecting the rights of victims of sexual assault.