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Portland Sexual Abuse Attorney

Facing the truth of sexual abuse, whether recent or from the past, is extremely difficult for any victim. As an experienced law firm in this delicate area, our entire staff is sensitive to the innumerable issues our clients face. Sharing the facts of your case with another person is a huge step, and confronting those who have victimized you is an even bigger step. Initially, it can feel overwhelming and frightening, but we would like to help you overcome your apprehensions and empower you to take action against those you have harmed you with wrongful acts.

At Johnston Law Firm, P.C., in Portland, we sympathize with the immense emotional, physical and psychological damage that our clients have suffered. We understand our clients need time to heal and decide whether they would like to pursue justice. We will discuss your legal options and recovery available to your case, and we will allow you the time to make informed decisions.

Our firm’s goal is help you bring your accuser to justice. Our child sexual abuse, domestic abuse and sexual assault lawyer is prepared and equipped to handle any sort of sexual abuse case in Oregon, even if it took place decades ago.

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We help victims in cases against single abusers and against members of large organizations or institutions. We have the experience and perspective to be familiar with the damages and injuries associated with sexual abuse. We help our clients find the support they need from medical and mental health professionals, and we build strong cases incorporating expert testimony in collaboration with such professionals.

Children and women are especially vulnerable to abuse. We understand that the victims of abuse are not only the abused themselves, but their families and other loved ones too. We uncover systemic issues and cover-ups of actions perpetuated by people of power, including:

  • Public figures
  • Camp counselors
  • Boy Scout or Girl Scout leaders
  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Private employers
  • The Catholic Church
  • Clergy
  • Family members
  • Politicians and other elected officials
  • Governments
  • Professional athletes

It is advantageous to deal with abuse issues as soon as possible. It is easier to bring your abuser to justice and to seek the compensation you need now in order to recover. We can help you receive the counseling and mental health support you need. Our work can help you rebuild your life and put an end to abuse.

FAQs About Sexual Abuse

While sexual abuse is something that many people would prefer not to talk or even think about, the fact is that it is a crime that affects hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children throughout the United States each year. Victims of sexual abuse are often traumatized by their experience, and by not sharing what happened to them, they too often are denied from getting the help they need to recover. Children in particular are targeted by abusers, who think they can bully and frighten the child into not telling what is happening to them. In an effort to raise awareness and dispel myths about sexual abuse, we have assembled a list of some frequently asked questions, and consulted with experts in the field to get the answers you need about this important issue.  

Q.  Is sexual abuse something I need to be concerned about with my children?

A.  Yes, all parents should be concerned about the alarming rates of abuse of young boys and girls. Mary Bridge reports that one out of every three girls and one out of every eight boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18.

Q.  Are people who commit sexual abuse usually strangers?

A.  No. Shockingly, 80 to 90 of abusers are family members, friends, or someone familiar to your family.

Q.  Does sexual abuse happen as a one-time event?

A.  No. Sexual abuse can occur over a period of years without anyone being aware of it.

Q.  Is it only men who are sexual abusers?

A.  No. While men are the primary abusers, there are women who are sexual offenders as well.

Q.  Can a sex offender ever be “cured”?

A.  The majority of sex offenders will commit this crime as long as they are able. Sex offender treatment can temporarily stop them, but a former offender should never be allowed to be around children.

Q.  How do sexual offenders gain a child’s trust?

A.  People who commit sex crimes often build up slowly to the actual act of abuse, starting with befriending both the parents as well as the child. Once they have earned the family’s trust, they will begin spending more and more time with the children, and may begin giving the child back rubs, hugging, and telling sexual jokes. They may move on to exposing the child to pornography, while gauging the child to ensure they can be intimidated into not telling.

Q.  How can I protect my child from sexual abuse?

A.  You can teach your child to stand up for themselves, to resist any inappropriate behavior or touching, and by letting them know you will listen to them and that they should come to you if there is a problem, no matter who it is. Offenders look for quiet, non-assertive children who will be afraid to tell a grown up if they are abused. The best thing you can do to protect your child is to teach them to not be afraid to speak up for themselves.

Understand Your Legal Options | Contact Us Today

The Johnston Law Firm will evaluate your case for free, and you will work with the same Portland sexual abuse lawyer throughout your case. Call us at 503-546-3167, toll free at 888-342-7252, or fill out our free confidential case evaluation form on the bottom. Attorney consultations incur no obligation on your part, and all initial consultations are free of charge.

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