So should a victim of child sexual abuse hire an attorney and what things should they consider when making the decision to hire an attorney?
So, first and foremost, yes, you should hire an attorney. Hiring an attorney specifically in this area of childhood sexual abuse is a very important decision, just like in any civil case. But in this one, in some ways, it’s more important than others. This is a very personal decision that the survivors of childhood sexual abuse make in whether or not they’re gonna come forward.
So the most important thing they can do is do their homework. Research the lawyers they’re looking to talk to, find attorneys who are experienced attorneys, or experienced litigators, also who have experienced under the Child Victims Act in prosecuting these claims against perpetrators and institutions. Some of the folks who are thinking about bringing these claims have concerns: Do I have to open up my whole life? Do I have to tell everything that’s happened to me? How is this going to play out? Again, this is an incredibly personal decision for something that is an incredibly personal experience that happened to them.
So in addition to doing your homework on lawyers and law firms, ultimately you want to go meet with these attorneys. You want to interview the attorneys. If you decide to pursue a lawsuit and you hire an attorney, that person’s going to be standing with you every step of the way. So you, as the person hiring an attorney for such a very personal experience, you want to make sure not only that attorney has experience not just in litigating cases, but more specifically in litigating this kind of cases.
You also want to make sure that attorney is the right fit for you as an individual, someone that you will be comfortable with, not only for the process of discussing something, like I said, very personal, something that was very, very horrific to experience, but also to make sure that you are gonna be comfortable walking every step of the way with that attorney by your side in the beginning of that case all the way to its conclusion.