Sexual Assault Lawyer Tacoma, WA

Sexual assault can leave lasting emotional scars. Attorneys Loren Cochran and Cole Douglas can help hold perpetrators accountable through civil litigation.

Our Tacoma, WA, sexual assault lawyers can fight to recoup damages for sex crime survivors and hold the guilty party liable for their actions.

Cases in Which Consent Cannot Be Given A Closer Look at What Counts as Consent

You Feel Threatened

Legal consent cannot be given if the victim feels threatened, forced, or coerced in any way to agree to a sexual act.

You Are Physically Unable

If you are too drunk, high, passed out, drugged, asleep, or incapacitated in any way, you are unable to give legal consent.

You Are Mentally Unable

Some people are unable to give legal consent due to a mental illness or disability.

You Are Too Young

Washington law states anyone under the age of 16 years old is unable to give legal consent. 

Our Sexual Assault Attorneys Fight for You We Are Not Afraid to Go to Trial

Our attorneys represent victims of sexual assault, harassment, rape, sexual abuse, and child molestation. While filing a civil lawsuit cannot change the past, it allows victims and their families to find compensation for the devastating and life-long effects of sex crimes. Clients do not pay our lawyers anything unless they can successfully settle a case or win damages in court.

Statute of Limitations

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There is no criminal statute of limitations for sex crimes against children. There is a 20-year criminal statute of limitations for sexual assault against people aged 16 and older.

For sexual assault civil lawsuits, there is a three-year statute of limitations starting on the date the sexual assault occurred or was discovered.

For incidents of child sexual abuse that occurred before June 6, 2024, there is a three-year statute of limitations on civil lawsuits starting on the date the sex crime happened or was discovered. For child sexual abuse cases after that date, there is no statute of limitations.

Are You a Sexual Assault Survivor? Contact Our Sex Crime and Sexual Assault Lawyers

At Cochran Douglas, PLLC, we are committed to helping victims of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child molestation by filing a lawsuit on their behalf. Our attorneys bring years of legal practice to the table. We can use our legal insight to examine your case and help you explore all your legal options.

You only pay our attorneys if we are successful in your case.

Don’t let your perpetrator be one of the hundreds who go unpunished. Contact our Tacoma, WA, law office today to get what you are owed.

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We Are Ready to Listen to You A Client Shares Her Experience

"I am so grateful to have had Cole Douglas and Loren Cochran in my corner on more than one occasion. They patiently listened to the sensitive, and often awkward, details of my stories and I always felt heard and never judged... I was always treated with respect and kindness." Carly

How Our Attorneys Can Help What Our Lawyers Offer Survivors

Our Tacoma law office will work tirelessly to bring some peace back into your life by holding the perpetrator responsible and collecting the damages you are owed. Here are some key reasons people around Puget Sound trust our attorneys.

We Prioritize the Rights of Victims

We take the time to listen to sexual assault victims as they share what happened to them. It's brave to come forward, which is why we are not afraid to take your case to trial to fight for what you deserve. We strive for nothing less than maximum legal compensation.

We Keep Details Private

Do not let the fear of coming forward stop you from getting the financial compensation you deserve. We have worked on dozens of sexual assault cases and understand how to handle each case with the utmost sensitivity and discretion.

We Work on a Contingency Basis

Our Tacoma law office offers a free initial consultation and no retainer. We work on a contingency basis. This means we don’t get paid unless you do. In addition, we don’t require any additional payment, even if your case goes to trial.

We Have a Clear Goal and Focus

Unlike other law firms that deal with every branch of law, we keep our focus on personal injury law and civil claims to give each case the attention it deserves. This enables us to consistently achieve the best results.

Our firm proudly represents clients in Vancouver, Puyallup, Federal Way, Olympia, Lakewood, and communities throughout Washington State.

Helping Survivors Of a Serial Child Predator

Cochran Douglas is currently serving as a victims' rights advocate against Michael Joseph Basse, who was arrested on multiple felony counts of child rape and molestation. He was a former employee of the University Place School District who also worked as a youth sports coach and a martial arts instructor in Tacoma at Seibukan Jujutsu.

If you were one of Mike Basse's victims or have information that may be relevant to the case, we encourage you to contact local authorities.

Our Lawyers Are Ready to Advocate for You Contact the Team at Cochran Douglas Today

If you were sexually assaulted and need to speak with a lawyer, the team at Cochran Douglas are ready to listen to you. Our team has worked on numerous sexual abuse and assault cases, helping clients understand their legal options with an emphasis on compassion, privacy, and discretion.

To learn more about the civil litigation process and what we can offer you you in terms of counsel and support, contact our Tacoma attorneys today.

(253) 472-7777

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Lindsey

Tacoma, WA

2024

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Loren, Cole, and their entire office were of such great help during a difficult time in my life. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney

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Julia Lee

Tacoma, WA

2023

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I had a fantastic experience working with Cole and his whole team. Competent, compassionate, communicative. They took great care of me and handled my case better than I could have expected. Thank you!

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Are Sexual Assault and Abuse the Same?

By their legal definitions, sexual assault and sexual abuse refer to separate crimes.

  • Sexual assault refers to sex crimes perpetrated against an adult
  • Sexual abuse refers to sex crimes perpetrated against a minor

Our Tacoma lawyers can assist both sexual assault and abuse victims in filing a civil claim. We can help ensure that the person who committed the sex offense is sued for damages. We can also hold businesses, school administrators, or the leaders of an organization accountable for failing to protect people from unwanted sexual activity.

Types of Sexual Assault Recognizing Sexual Misconduct

Sexual assault can occur in a variety of forms and be fostered through a number of different power dynamics. The Tacoma sexual assault lawyers at Cochran Douglas, PLLC have a proven track record of holding sexual perpetrators accountable and placing the power back into the hands of the survivor.
 
Sexual assault can happen to both men and women, but is far more common in women. One out of every six American women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Sexual assault can happen to both men and women, but is far more common in women. One out of every six American women has been the victim of attempted or completed rape. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Sexual Assault by a Helping Professional

You should feel safe when in the care of a trusted professional such as a doctor, coach, clergyman, boss, or teacher. Sexual misconduct by a person in power is a total breach of trust and a violation of the law.

Sexual Assault at Work or in School

Where you work and go to school should feel like a safe space. If you or your child has been harassed or sexually assaulted within these institutions, it's crucial that you discuss what happened with a lawyer.

Sexual Assault Within a Group Home

Foster care, nursing homes, and other group home settings should be trusted places for their residents. If you or someone you know feels unsafe within one of these group homes, our sexual assault lawyers can investigate potential sexual misconduct.

Sexual Assault by an Intimate Partner

According to RAINN, 33% of rapes are committed by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend. Our lawyers can help address rape and sexual assault perpetrated by a partner, holding that person accountable for the harm they've caused.

The Signs of Sexual Assault Common Indicators of Trauma

There are signs to watch out for to know if this person could have been affected. While physical warning signs such as a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or bruising around the genitals are signs at any age, behavioral and emotional warning signs can vary.

Signs for a Child

A common sign that a child has suffered sexual abuse is excessive talk or knowledge about sexual acts they otherwise should not know about. A child may also display behavioral and emotional changes such as regressive behaviors, changes in eating habits, not wanting to remove clothing or take baths, and excessive fear. 

More Warning Signs for Children

Signs for a Teen

A teen who has suffered sexual abuse will typically have an increase in anxiety, show signs of depression, pay less attention to their hygiene, have excessive weight gain or loss, increase substance abuse, and care less about their grades.

More Warning Signs for Teens

Signs for a College-Age Adult

The signs for a college-age adult are similar to the warning signs for a teen. They might have a drop in grades or withdraw from classes, begin self-harming behavior, talk about suicide, avoid specific places on campus, engage in substance abuse, and have low self-esteem.

More Warning Signs for College Students

Cost Is Not a Factor
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Some sexual abuse and assault survivors are reluctant to come forward because of legal fees. The lawyers of Cochran Douglas offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront payments or retainer fees. In short, we only get paid if we win your case.

We Are Always Ready to Help Contact Our Tacoma Law Firm Today

Whether you've suffered sexual abuse related to domestic violence or been the victim of date rape on a college campus, our lawyers are here for you. The team at Cochran Douglas has helped survivors of rape and other forms of non-consensual contact receive legal damages for the trauma they've experienced and its lasting repercussions.

Our Tacoma sexual assault attorneys always keep your privacy and well-being in mind, providing support and sound counsel as the case unfolds. Since we offer free case reviews and work on a contingency fee basis, you do not have to worry about any legal fees unless we receive compensation on your behalf.

To discuss your case, contact our Tacoma law firm today. You can also reach our attorneys by phone.

(253) 472-7777

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Lawyers Who Put Clients First Compassionate Representation in Civil Cases

"Integrity, communication, professionalism, and helpfulness are a few of the many great attributes this firm is equipped with... Make your traumatic experience less painful by working with Cochran Douglas Attorneys at Law and their team." Melvin

Sexual Assault Statistics

According to RAINN, someone is sexually assaulted in America every 68 seconds.

Despite this alarming number, only 25 out of every 1,000 rapists and predators will ever be sentenced to jail time through the criminal justice system.

Civil cases can hold the perpetrator liable or hold institutions accountable when they failed to prevent an assault or abuse from occurring.

We Are Always Here to Listen Contact Our Lawyers for a Free Consultation

Our sexual abuse attorneys are always available to discuss what happened and what your legal options are. Whenever you feel ready to talk, we are here. Contact our law office in Tacoma today for a free, no-obligation case review.

Proud to Serve the People of Washington More Reviews of Our Tacoma Injury Lawyers

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Erik

Tacoma, WA

2020

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Loren and Cole both demonstrate the upmost professionalism and sincerity. They are both very knowledgeable and hardworking. I would not hesitate to work with them again in the future and would strongly encourage anyone seeking legal council to contact them.

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Andrew

Tacoma, WA

2020

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I highly recommend Cochran Douglas to anyone looking for legal guidance. Cole, Loren and team are knowledgeable, professional and thorough in their work. Honesty and integrity is at the forefront of what they do.

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Cochran Douglas PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Our personal injury attorneys have collected numerous honors and belong to noted professional organizations, ensuring they stay current with the ever-changing legal landscape. Among our honors and professional affiliations:

  • WSAJ: Washington State Association for Justice
  • WSBA: Washington State Bar Association
  • KCBA: King County Bar Association
  • TPCBA: Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Super Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

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