Sexual Abuse Lawyers In Florida

Last updated on June 27, 2024

Sexual violence and abuse continues to plague society at an alarming rate. Due to the staggering number of incidents each year, there are severe rules and legal consequences in place to help ensure the culprits involved are held responsible and victims are protected.

Horowitz Law believes every survivor deserves a voice and the opportunity to hold their abuser accountable. We are passionate about advocating for Florida clients’ legal rights, helping ensure they receive the support, validation and compensation they deserve. With experience handling and recovering some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the U.S., your case is in safe hands with our Fort Lauderdale team.

Types Of Sexual Assault And Sexual Abuse Cases

Sexual abuse impact can be profound, affecting every aspect of a survivor’s life. Taking legal action against an abuser can be an empowering step in the healing process. We handle various types of sexual abuse cases, including:

  • Rideshare sexual assault involving Uber and Lyft drivers
  • Child sexual abuse and adult survivors of child sexual abuse
  • Clergy or religious institution abuse
  • Abuse involving teacher-student relationships or in educational settings
  • Rape and workplace sexual assault
  • Nursing home and elder care facility abuse
  • Youth activities and sports leagues
  • Daycares, Pre-Schools and Aftercare Programs

No case is too complex for our dedicated legal team. We are committed to seeking justice for survivors, regardless of the circumstances or the identity of the abuser.

Legal Steps To Take If You Are A Survivor Of Sexual Assault

Your safety and well-being are the top priorities after such a traumatic experience. Once you are in a secure environment, we encourage you to:

  • Seek immediate medical care: Try to ensure you receive proper counseling and treatment. Allow medical staff to collect crucial evidence if you decide to pursue legal action.
  • Report the assault: As much as speaking up is tremendously difficult, it’s also an important first step. Report the abuse to law enforcement in the city or county where it occurred.  If you’re not ready to go to the police, call RAINN’s (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) National Sexual Assault Hotline for help.
  • Preserve evidence: Keep any text messages, photos, videos, e-mails, receipts, and appointment records.  Preserve clothing  and other items from the incident without washing them, as these could be vital for building your legal case.

Since such moments are always more confusing, you are better off seeking the services of an attorney for extensive legal guidance. Our dedicated attorneys at Horowitz Law are here to support you through the legal process of holding your abuser accountable.

Florida Statute Of Limitations For Filing A Sexual Abuse Claim

Knowing the time constraints for filing a civil lawsuit in Florida is very important for your case at hand. The statute of limitations varies depending on the circumstances of the case:

  • Broadly, an adult victim of sexual abuse has two years to file a civil claim after the last instance of abuse. There are exceptions so it is important to talk to a lawyer knowledgeable about the statute of limitations specific to these claims.
  • If the victim was under age 16 at the time of abuse, there is no statute of limitations on their claim.  Florida eliminated the statute of limitations for civil claims for such minors in 2010. However, a different statute of limitations may apply to older cases.

Since these timelines can be complex to interpret and continue to evolve, our team can carefully evaluate your case and help ensure that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame. Acting quickly is important, however, to preserve your legal rights and options.

Why You Need An Attorney After Suffering Sexual Abuse In Florida

While the state attorney’s office handles the criminal prosecution of sexual offenders, a skilled sexual abuse lawyer plays an important role in pursuing civil cases and financial compensation for your suffering.

At the same time, it can be difficult for victims of sexual abuse to step forward. We know the complicated issues involved and are here to guide you through every legal step. With utmost sensitivity, our firm can:

  • Manage all legal aspects of building and litigating your case
  • Connect you with counseling and support resources
  • Handle cases involving sexual assault by authority figures
  • Guide you through the process of coming forward about past childhood abuse

Each survivor’s journey is unique. In that case, our legal approach is tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Your Voice And Story Matters

Horowitz Law acknowledges that coming forward and sharing your story is a courageous act that requires immense strength and resilience. Our lawyers in Fort Lauderdale are committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where you can share your experience without fear or judgment. Call us today at 888-283-9922 or email us for a free and confidential consultation.