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Seattle Sexual Assault and Abuse Lawyers

Seattle-based injury attorneys handling sexual assault claims with compassion

Sexual assault and abuse are serious offenses that can inflict profound physical, emotional, and psychological scars on victims. At Smith McBroom, our Seattle sexual assault attorneys understand the gravity of these experiences and are dedicated to empowering survivors through our legal work. Our mission is to ensure that survivors receive the justice they deserve, holding perpetrators accountable for their actions and helping to build a safer community.

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What types of sexual assault cases does your Seattle firm handle?

At Smith McBroom, we handle a wide range of sexual assault cases, recognizing the diverse nature of these traumatic experiences. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal support in various contexts, including:

  • Sexual assaults in school
  • Campus sexual assault
  • Workplace sexual harassment
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Sexual abuse by authority figures
  • Sexual assault in nursing homes or care facilities
  • Human trafficking

Our Seattle sexual abuse law firm is prepared to address the complexities of various sexual assault cases. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, please contact our personal injury attorneys for a confidential consultation to discuss your specific situation and explore your legal options. We are here to provide the support and advocacy you deserve.

What is sexual assault?

According to WAC 504-26-221, sexual assault in Washington state is any sexual act that is directed against another person without their consent. This includes situations where the victim is unable to give consent.

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the consent of the recipient. This includes:

  • Sexual intercourse without consent
  • Touching intimate areas of a person's body without their consent
  • Attempted rape
  • Unwanted sexual touching
  • Sexual touching where a person is incapable of giving consent due to age or incapacity
  • Sexual harassment

In Washington, sexual assault is taken very seriously. Rape, or sexual battery, can be punished by years in prison and publicly registering as a sex offender once released.

According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, “There were 5,788 sexual assault (forcible and non-forcible) incidents reported in 2022.  There was a total of 5,788 victims in these incidents; with a total of 4,694 offenders.”

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What to do if you are a victim of sexual assault

If you are a victim of sexual assault, it's essential to prioritize your safety and well-being. Here are steps you can take to navigate the aftermath of a sexual assault:

  • Ensure your safety. Find a safe location away from the perpetrator. If you are in immediate danger, call emergency services (911).
  • Preserve evidence. Try to avoid showering, bathing, or changing clothes to preserve potential evidence. If possible, keep any clothing worn during the assault in a paper bag.
  • Seek medical attention. Go to the nearest hospital or healthcare facility for a medical examination, even if you don't have visible injuries. Medical professionals can address immediate health concerns, provide emergency contraception, and collect evidence for a sexual assault kit.
  • Report the assault. Contact law enforcement to report the assault. Provide as much detail as possible while the events are still fresh in your memory. Be aware that you have the right to choose whether or not to involve the police.
  • Seek support. Reach out to friends, family, or a support network. Share your experience with someone you trust. Consider contacting a local rape crisis center or a helpline for emotional support and guidance.
  • Talk to an attorney. Our Seattle sexual assault lawyers have extensive experience in sexual assault cases, and can help you understand your legal rights and options. Be aware that there may be both criminal and civil legal avenues available to you.
  • Document your experience. Keep a written record of the assault, including details of the incident, any injuries sustained, and your emotional state. Take photos of any visible injuries.

Remember that healing is a process, and it's okay to seek support from various sources. Surround yourself with individuals who respect and support your decisions. You are not alone, and there are resources available to help you through this difficult time.

What are mandated reporters?

Mandated reporters are individuals who are legally required to report suspected or known cases of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. The primary goal is to ensure the safety and well-being of children by identifying and addressing instances of abuse or neglect. The state of Washington designates the following people as mandated reporters:

  • “An employee of the department of social and health services (DSHS) or the department of children, youth, and families (DCYF)
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Social worker
  • Professional school personnel
  • Individual provider of long-term care services
  • An operator of an assisted-living facility or a certified residential services and support agency under chapter 12 RCW
  • Employees of an assisted-living facility
  • Employees of a social service, welfare, mental health, adult day health, adult day care, home health, home care, hospice, or certified residential services and supports agency
  • County coroner or medical examiner
  • Christian Science practitioner; or
  • Health care provider subject to chapter 130 RCW.”

By law, mandated reporters must immediately report reasonable suspicions of abuse to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). In cases of sexual assault, mandated reporters must also make an immediate report to law enforcement.

What is the value of my Seattle sexual assault claim?

Determining the value of a sexual assault case is a complex process that depends on various factors. It's important to note that each case is unique, and the compensation awarded can vary based on the specific circumstances. Below are some factors that may affect the value of your Seattle sexual assault case:

  • Cost of medical treatment, including emergency care, counseling, therapy, and other related expenses.
  • Compensation for any income lost due to the assault and its aftermath.
  • Non-economic damages may be awarded for physical and emotional pain, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
  • The extent of physical and emotional harm caused by the assault can also affect the value of the case.
  • Any long-term consequences, such as ongoing medical treatment, therapy, or psychological impact.
  • The outcome of any criminal proceedings against the perpetrator may impact the civil case.
  • Compensation may be sought for the effects the assault has had on your relationships, both personal and professional.

It's important to consult with an experienced Seattle sexual assault attorney to assess the specific details of your situation. We can guide you on the potential value of your case based on your circumstances.

Do you have a Seattle sexual assault attorney near me?

Smith McBroom is located at 16400 Southcenter Parkway, Suite #210, Seattle, Washington, 98188. We’re right off I-5 and I-405, near Southcenter Mall. There is a bus stop near our office, and we offer free on-site parking.

Seattle sexual assault lawyers on your side

If you or a loved one has experienced sexual assault or abuse, it is important to understand that you are not alone. The Seattle sexual assault and abuse attorneys at Smith McBroom are here to help. We are committed to helping survivors of sexual assault and abuse protect their rights, and work to secure compensation for injuries and losses. To schedule a meeting with one of our compassionate attorneys, call our Tukwila-based offices or fill out our contact form today.

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