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No one has more experience than SGB when it comes to prosecuting sex offenders. Several of our lawyers are former sex crimes prosecutors who spent years holding people accountable for their actions. Sexual assault is a deeply personal, emotional, and traumatic experience for most, and we will be there and support you throughout your recovery. We serve as compassionate advocates, empowering our clients to fight back and regain control over their lives and bodies. We understand, and we will leverage all available resources to win, including our emotional investment in your unique case. Please check out our blog for more information.
Do I need a civil lawyer?
If you have been sexually abused or harassed, you may have a viable lawsuit against those who assaulted or harassed you. You also may have a viable lawsuit against those who were responsible for not preventing the abuse or failed to protect you from such harm.
Civil lawsuits are the mechanism by which a victim can hold others accountable. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to obtain compensation for your injuries. A civil lawsuit often has the added benefit of protecting others from future harm, because the responsible party makes changes to prevent the situation occurring again. If you are successful in your lawsuit you may be awarded compensation for your injuries, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, missed educational opportunities, and emotional distress.
Oftentimes, an incident can lead to both criminal prosecution and a viable civil lawsuit. Pursuing one does not necessarily mean not pursuing the other. Criminal cases differ from a civil lawsuit in that they are investigated by the police and pursued by the State, generally represented by a prosecutor. Criminal cases may result in the perpetrator being imprisoned or otherwise punished. Unlike a civil case, however, the purpose of a criminal prosecution is not compensating the victim for their injuries.
In some situations, the State may not pursue prosecution, even when the victim wants to press charges. A case may lack enough evidence or may have occurred too long ago to be pursued. A civil case has different considerations and time requirements. Even when criminal charges aren’t filed, a civil case may still be viable.
SGB has experienced, compassionate attorneys who can discuss your options with you.
We are here to fight for your rights.
Start with a free, private case review
If you or someone you love has suffered sexual assault or workplace sexual harassment, let SGB help. There is no charge for us to review your potential claim. Our approach is to investigate your claim and help you determine the best course of action. Contact us for a free, confidential case review or call us at (800) 809-2234.
- $6.2 million verdict against the State of Washington on behalf of four children who were sexually and physically abused in foster care.
- $4.2 million arbitration verdict for workplace sexual assault and harassment
- $4 million settlement on behalf of three children sexually and physically abused in foster care.
- $1.4 million verdict on behalf of a young man sexually assaulted by his family’s landlord.
- $650,000 settlement with the Archdiocese of Seattle and other church organizations on behalf of a man sexually abused by Catholic priests and Christian Brothers as a child and adolescent.
- $500,000 settlement for sexual assault of a child in a day care facility
- Confidential settlements with Federal Way (Washington) School District on behalf of a man sexually abused by a schoolteacher and coach during the 1980s.
- Settlement for a woman sexually assaulted by a supervisor.
- Settlement for a man sexually abused by a priest as a child.
- Settlement for a nursing home resident sexually assaulted by a healthcare provider.
- Settlement against the state for placing our client in a foster home where she was sexually abused.
- Settlement for a woman sexually victimized by her physician.
- Settlement involving a woman sexually assaulted by a bus driver.
- King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
- Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County
- Kitsap Sexual Assault Center & Crime Victim Assistance Center
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service (Bellingham)
- Sexual Violence Law Center
- NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse