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How does an injury attorney help someone who's the victim of sexual abuse? We ask Alaska attorney Mark Choate for this AskTheLawyers™ Quick Question.
Cases that the ones that we can do the most for are ones where civilly, where you can get an economic dollar award for the harm, are usually where there's institutions, and there's some form of institutional insurance. If it's just a family member, sometimes you just end up with the criminal prosecutors going after them and maybe putting them in jail, but the consequences are huge.
A lawyer can make a difference. It’s always important to do something as quickly as possible, because historically there have been things called statutes of limitations or restrictions on how long you can bring these cases. The law has been changed more recently, and the statutes have been made longer or even gotten rid of because people understand how difficult it is for kids to talk about this and to confront their abusers.
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