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Kansas Sexual Assault/Abuse Attorney

Living through a crime as unthinkable as sexual assault or abuse can take a significant toll on you psychologically, emotionally and physically. At DRZ Law, our Kansas sexual assault attorneys help to give a voice to survivors of sexual abuse. We believe that no one should have to fight for justice alone. Our attorneys are passionate about holding perpetrators and the institutions that harbor abusers accountable. We will be there for you and your family every step of the way.

You deserve advice, guidance, and legal representation from an experienced lawyer in Kansas during this difficult time. We will provide you with everything that you need on the road to recovery. Call (913) 400-2033 now for a free and confidential case consultation with a lawyer at our local Kansas City law office. We believe victims, not blame them.

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How Can DRZ Law Help You?

 Our sexual assault lawyers recognize that it is extremely difficult to come forward with a case about sexual abuse or assault. We will act as your advocates and confidants throughout the legal process. Clients trust us with their most sensitive cases for many reasons, including: 

  • We have 20-plus years of experience representing sexual assault survivors and their loved ones, including the parents of children who have been sexually abused. Our lawyers have specialized knowledge of this practice area.
  • DRZ Law is dedicated to empowering victims of abuse. We are here to help you heal and change systems on an institutional level to prevent further incidents of abuse – not just to help you seek financial compensation.
  • Our attorneys are not afraid to go up against institutions in pursuit of justice and accountability. We know how to get around institutional claims of legal immunity. We represent clients going up against schools, churches, sports organizations, and more.

We are proud to say that we have obtained compensation for 100 percent of our sexual assault clients. Our lawyers will stand by your side through every phase of the legal process – either with you or in your stead if you wish your identity to remain anonymous. We will do everything that we can to help you move forward.

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What Is Sexual Assault/Abuse?

There are many terms to refer to similar sex crimes: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, molestation and rape. As a group, these terms refer to any type of unwanted or nonconsensual sexual touching or sexual acts against a victim. Sexual assault and abuse can involve physical touching, such as kissing, groping or forced penetration. It can also be nonphysical acts, such as the exposure of sexual organs or taking explicit photographs of a minor.

What Is Child Sexual Abuse?

Child sexual abuse or assault can refer to many different sex crimes committed against a minor. In Kansas, the age of consent for sexual activity is 16. This is the age at which the law says that an individual has the mental capacity to consent to sexual activity with another person. Anyone who is 15 years old and younger, therefore, cannot consent to sexual activities. Engaging in sexual intercourse with someone under the age of 16 is statutory rape, as the victim lawfully cannot give his or her consent. Participating in sex acts of any kind with a child under the age of 16 is a crime that can result in both civil and criminal penalties. 

What Is Institutional Abuse? 

Institutional abuse refers to poor practices at an institution or organization that facilitate or even encourage sex crimes. If an institution such as a church, school, or Boys & Girls Club does not have a regime that actively prevents or addresses sexual assault – such as reporting requirements and prompt remedies when a complaint is filed – the institution itself could be held accountable in a civil lawsuit. 

Institutions have legal and ethical duties to protect those in their care. This is especially true of organizations that cater to young children, such as schools, camps and sports programs. If an institution turns a blind eye to staff members or volunteers who are neglecting, abusing or assaulting participants, the institution could face legal responsibility (liability) for the crimes committed. 

Going up against an institution is a legal specialty at DRZ Law. We have the resources to fight back on behalf of victims of abuse. We are passionate about changing broken systems so that sexual assault does not happen again. Our sexual assault lawyers represent clients in Kansas and across the country against private schools, boarding schools, public high schools, military schools, sports organizations, churches, dioceses, and more.

Signs of Sexual Abuse

If you are a parent, finding out that your child has been sexually assaulted or abused is the worst kind of nightmare. It is critical, however, to always be aware of this possibility. Part of protecting your child is learning the potential signs of sexual abuse and taking immediate action to seek justice if you suspect that your child has been victimized.

Sexual abuse can have numerous effects on a child or adult, including: 

  • Physical signs, such as injuries to the genitalia
  • A child with unusual knowledge of sexual subjects
  • Withdrawal from favorite or social activities
  • Depression or anxiety 
  • Nightmares or bed-wetting 
  • Regression in a young child
  • Fear around a certain person
  • Behavioral changes
  • Sudden outbursts or aggression
  • A decline in school or work performance
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts or tendencies

People react differently to enduring sexual abuse and assault. Some of the effects of sexual abuse can impact a victim for life. If you suspect that your child has been sexually abused or assaulted, act immediately. Notify the police and report the suspected perpetrator. Cooperate with the law enforcement investigation as much as you can. If your child has physical injuries, take him or her to a hospital right away. When your family is ready to seek justice with help from a knowledgeable attorney, contact DRZ Law.

What Are the Legal Remedies Available After Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault and abuse are punishable crimes in Kansas. The criminal consequences range from a few months to decades or life in prison, as well as fines, probation, restitution for the victim and mandatory registry on the state’s public list of sexual offenders. A criminal case is brought by a prosecutor and serves to convict a sex offender of a crime and impose penalties. A civil sexual assault case, on the other hand, is meant to make a victim whole again through financial compensation. 

Unlike a criminal case, it is the victim who must file a civil sexual assault case in Kansas. The victim or his or her legal representative must file a lawsuit that names all of the defendants, which may include the perpetrator and one or more institutions. Then, the filing party must prove sexual assault based on a preponderance of the evidence. This is a lesser burden of proof than in a criminal sexual assault case (proof beyond a reasonable doubt), but it still requires clear and convincing evidence.

What Types of Compensation Are Available? 

If a civil lawsuit for sexual assault or child sexual abuse succeeds, meaning that an insurance company accepts the claim or a jury finds the defendant at fault for the victim’s injuries and losses, the plaintiff can receive a settlement or judgment award that reimburses him or her for a variety of losses connected to the abuse. As a survivor of sexual assault in Kansas, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the following losses, and more:

  • Physical injuries
  • Emotional and psychological damage
  • Mental trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Diminished quality or enjoyment of life
  • Related medical costs, including therapy and medications
  • Lost wages or ability to earn
  • Loss of consortium 
  • Attorney’s fees and legal costs
  • Punitive damages

At DRZ Law, we know that filing a claim is about much more than a potential financial recovery. We are in this business not to make money, but to advocate for victims of sexual violence and give them a voice in the civil courts. That being said, we are passionate about holding wrongdoers accountable both legally and financially, and will do what we can to maximize your financial recovery as a survivor.

How Long Do You Have to File a Sexual Assault/Abuse Claim in Kansas?

Research has shown that the victims of child sexual abuse often do not speak out or report their abuse until years later – sometimes, far into adulthood. This is a problem in Kansas, as the law generally gives childhood sexual abuse survivors just three years after their 18th birthdays to file civil lawsuits. This is one of the shortest deadlines in the country. If you did not connect your injuries or problems with child sexual abuse until after the age of 18, you will have three years from the date of discovery, instead.

Having until age 21 bars hundreds of sexual abuse and assault survivors in Kansas from bringing civil lawsuits for their losses and suffering. As more states move to reform their legal deadlines (called statutes of limitations) on child sexual abuse cases, Kansas is no exception. In 2019, House Bill 2306 was introduced with a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse civil lawsuits. Unfortunately, the bill died in Committee in May 2020. However, laws are constantly evolving. An attorney at DRZ Law can help you understand the deadline connected to your case.

What to Do if You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault

  1. Tell someone. While it can be extremely difficult to come forward, staying silent is not a solution. Tell someone you trust, such as a friend or family member. They can help you take the next steps.
  2. Go to a hospital right away for injury treatment and a sexual assault forensic exam. Medical care can help you gather DNA evidence against the perpetrator.
  3. If you would like to talk to a trained professional about your experience, call a 24-hour sexual assault hotline, such as RAINN at (800) 656-4673.
  4. Learn how to cope with sexual trauma and take the steps toward healing and recovery by connecting to support groups and therapists in your community.
  5. Contact a sexual abuse lawyer near you. When you are ready to discuss your legal rights – before the statute of limitations runs out – consult with an attorney who can help.

How Can Hiring an Attorney in Kansas Help?

You are not alone as a survivor of sexual assault. You have the right to come forward and present your story to those who can deliver justice against a perpetrator for you. A lawyer can help you take legal action in a way that makes you feel as safe, heard and comfortable as possible. An experienced sexual assault lawyer can provide many legal services to help you with a claim, including:

  • Explaining Kansas’s laws and regulations surrounding sexual abuse lawsuits.
  • Investigating the incident and searching for evidence, even if the crime occurred many years ago.
  • Identifying one or more defendants, potentially including an institution.
  • Handling the complicated legal paperwork and claims filing process for you.
  • Pursuing maximum financial compensation, even if this means taking your case to trial.
  • Ensuring strict confidentiality for clients who wish to remain anonymous.
  • Serving as your trusted advocate through this difficult and emotional time.

Not only can a lawyer help you build a stronger claim and improve your chances of successfully securing financial compensation – a sexual assault attorney in Kansas will also be there for you and your family every step of the way. You will not have to navigate the legal process or go up against those who perpetuated sexual abuse alone. Hiring a lawyer will make you feel powerful, not powerless.

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At DRZ Law, we believe that no one should have to fight alone to hold someone accountable for an offense as heinous as sexual abuse or assault. We also stand by the belief that no one should suffer in silence. If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault, you deserve high-quality legal representation and an attorney that you can trust to protect your rights and interests. Our sexual assault lawyers in Kansas can give you guidance and support when you need it the most.  

Please contact us today through our secure online contact form or by calling (913) 400-2033 to request a free case evaluation. We can do home visits, meet via Zoom or speak with you in person at our local Kansas City law office. We are dedicated to empowering victims of sexual abuse and assault.

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