Washington, DC Sexual Assault Victim Attorney
Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuits & Victims’ Rights
Sexual assault is a crime that has a profound impact on the lives and well-being
of victims. While wrongdoers may be subject to criminal charges and penalties
for their actions, criminal cases are not the only way to hold them accountable.
Victims have a right to pursue civil legal action as a means to further
their sense of justice, hold all parties responsible liable for their
harm and suffering, and recover the compensation they deserve.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our civil sexual assault
lawyers represent victims of assault and abuse throughout Washington,
DC, Maryland, Virginia, and other states across the country in their fight
for justice. By making their voices heard in the civil justice system,
we fight to hold all responsible parties accountable – including
wrongdoers and any other parties who played a role in causing a victim’s
Why Choose CSCS?
- Extensive experience representing victims of sexual misconduct
- We have handled high profile sexual assault and abuse cases
- Caring, compassionate and client-focused representation
- Over $250 million in compensation recovered for clients
Discuss a potential case during a FREE and confidential consultation. Contact us
to speak with a member of our team.
Why Civil Sexual Assault Lawsuits?
When it comes to sexual assault, wrongdoers may be charged in criminal
court, where they will face serious penalties for their actions. However,
some wrongdoers may not be convicted or charged at all – either
due to difficulties prosecutors have in proving their guilt beyond a reasonable
doubt, issues involving the statute of limitations, or for other reasons.
This can create a strong sense of injustice. Even when charges are filed,
criminal cases are not a viable means for making victims whole again through
a recovery of their damages.
Whether criminal charges have been filed in connection to a sexual assault
or not, civil lawsuits provide victims with legal pathways to justice
and compensation not available in criminal cases. These include:
Compensation – Civil lawsuits enable victims of sexual assault to recover financial
compensation for their damages, including their pain and suffering, economic
damages, and emotional injuries. Criminal cases, on the other hand, are
not a viable source for compensation because they do not concern a wrongdoer’s
financial responsibility or the damages suffered by victims, and instead
focus only on whether or not an individual is guilty of committing a crime.
At-fault parties – Although sexual assault may be committed by one individual, it
may have occurred as a result of another party’s negligence. This
may be the case when employees of a company or organization commit an
assault, especially when there is evidence to show the organization failed
to adequately screen the employee when hiring, or failed to properly address
previous sexual misconduct issues during their employment. It can also
occur when premises owners fail to take reasonable measures or provide
adequate security to prevent assaults. By filing civil lawsuits, victims
can hold all at-fault parties accountable for the role they played in
causing or failing to prevent an assault.
Lower burden of proof – Criminal cases use a higher burden of proof than what is used
in the civil justice system. This is because criminal courts are structured
in a way where it is more favorable to let a guilty person go free than
to convict an innocent person. However, that means not all wrongdoers
will be held accountable for committing unacceptable acts, especially
when there is a lack of evidence. Should this be the case, victims can
obtain the justice they deserve by holding wrongdoers accountable in civil
court, where they must prove their claims by a preponderance of the evidence
(meaning a defendant’s actions
more likely than not caused them harm) rather than beyond a reasonable doubt.
Our Experience Fighting for Victims of Sexual Misconduct
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is exclusively focused on
harnessing the power of the civil justice system to protect the rights
of the injured and the wronged – including victims of sexual assault
and misconduct. Over the years, we have successfully advocated for victims
of assault and abuse in a range of cases, including several high profile cases:
Our firm is currently representing several women who allege they were sexually
Bill Cosby in a defamation lawsuit against the comedian.
We filed one of the original class action lawsuits against
Rabbi Bernard Freundel, a Georgetown synagogue, and several other defendants that failed to prevent
the victimization of women who were secretly filmed by the Rabbi while
they disrobed and used a religious bath.
- We have handled and successfully resolved cases involving sexual assaults
on minors, vulnerable individuals, and students.
Our attorneys have successfully handled cases involving sexual assaults
resulting from negligent residential security and issues of
Our experience in these cases enables our team to provide the compassionate
support victims deserve during difficult times, as well as the insight-driven
representation needed to hold at-fault parties accountable in a range
of cases. Whatever your case may entail, you can be confident about bringing
it to the attention of our caring and capable lawyers.
Call for a FREE and Confidential Consultation
If you would like more information about your rights as a victim, civil
sexual assault lawsuits, and how our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata
& Siegel, P.C. can help you through the legal process ahead, please
contact us to request a free and confidential consultation. Our attorneys proudly
serve clients throughout the DC Metro area and beyond from offices in
DC, Maryland, and Virginia.