Making the decision to pursue a legal action can be a daunting prospect for a sexual abuse survivor. I’ve specialized in child sexual abuse cases for over 15 years, and I know there are a lot of questions leading up to that decision. How do you know if you have a case? What can I expect? Will it be worth it?
A viable case can depend on a lot of factors, including the state in which sex abuse occurred. In many states, including Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon, survivors, no matter how old a claim may be, can pursue legal action. The most important thing is to come forward and seek and attorney who can evaluate a legal avenue for your claims.
Each individual has to make the choice whether it is worth their time to pursue legal action. There is anxiety in reliving and retelling the abuse experience. In my experience, it is universally helpful for the survivor to have a close knit support system throughout the process which can be emotionally and psychologically challenging at times. Most survivors find a way to seek justice and on the journey grow stronger in their determination. I believes the process is empowering, validating and healing.