Sexual Assault Lawyer Olympia, WA

Sexual assault is a heinous crime that is meant to assert power and control over another person.

If you've been assaulted, even years ago when you were a child, a lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you obtain justice.

Our Tacoma, WA, sexual assault lawyers help Olympia survivors secure compensation and regain control of their lives.

What Constitutes Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual activity involving someone who did not or could not give consent, such as:

  • An unwilling participant
  • A threatened participant
  • A drugged or incapacitated person
  • A child under the age of 16

Sexual assault can include incest, molestation, and rape. It can start as sexual harassment and escalate.

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Olympia Can Turn to Cochran Douglas What We Can Do for You

Provide Legal Counsel

The average person isn't expected to understand the complex legal world. Our attorneys are here to guide you through the process, file paperwork correctly and on time, and field any questions you may have along the way. We'll do everything we can to take care of the legal aspects of your situation so you can focus on healing.

Gather Evidence

To build a solid case, our team can gather evidence like medical records, security footage, photographs, witness testimonies, and other documentation detailing the assault and its consequences. We can also work with experts in the fields of medicine and psychology to prove the extent of your injuries and the long-term impact the event has had on your mental health.

Go to Court

Loren Cochran and Cole Douglas are always ready to go to court. They prepare every case for trial just in case it comes to that. If your case has to be tried before a judge, you will have our support and dedicated representation every step of the way.

Offer Affordable Services

Our attorneys want our clients from Tacoma, Olympia, and beyond to receive quality representation no matter their financial situation. To this end, we offer free consultations and work on contingency. It costs you nothing to meet with one of our attorneys and you won't owe us anything unless we secure compensation.

Listen to Your Story

Our attorneys understand how complex and life-changing sexual abuse and assault are, and they're here to offer you a safe space and listen to your story. They want to know what happened to you, the full extent of how the event has impacted your life, and whether it happened recently or when you were a young child. Whether the perpetrator was a trusted partner, a stranger, or a co-worker whose actions started as sexual harassment, we can hold them responsible.

Secure Compensation for Your Assault Contact Our Attorneys Serving Tacoma, Olympia, and Beyond

We know that dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault is a difficult process that requires genuine support. Our attorneys want to offer you their resources and guide you through the legal process so you can find closure and feel safe again.

If you've been the victim of sexual abuse, rape, or another sex crime in Olympia, our Tacoma sexual assault lawyers want to help you regain a sense of normalcy, take back your power, and move forward. To get started, request your free consultation using our electronic form or call our Tacoma personal injury attorney's office at:

(253) 472-7777

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You Probably Still Have Time To Take Legal Action

  • Washington has no criminal statute of limitations relating to sex crimes against children.
  • Child sexual abuse victims have three years to file a civil suit if the incident occurred before June 6, 2024. If the incident occurred after that date, there is no civil statute of limitations.
  • There is a 20-year criminal statute of limitations pertaining to sexual assault against victims 16 and older.
  • There is a three-year statute of limitations on filing a civil suit related to sexual assault.

The best way to understand your options is to reach out to our Tacoma sexual assault lawyers serving Olympia.

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Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. One in six women and one in thirty-three men have been the victim of an attempted rape or completed rape in their lifetime. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Civil Lawsuit and Criminal Proceedings Holding Perpetrators Accountable

Most sexual assault survivors can hold their perpetrators accountable in both a civil lawsuit and criminal proceedings. The civil lawsuit attempts to compensate the victim, while the criminal case punishes the perpetrator of sexual assault.

Civil Lawsuit

A civil lawsuit involves a private dispute between two parties. One person wrongs another and the civil court is asked to resolve the dispute. In a civil lawsuit dealing with sexual assault, a survivor must be able to show that it is more likely than not that the sexual abuse or assault occurred. A civil lawsuit can allow survivors to secure compensation for their injuries.

Criminal Proceedings

Criminal cases involve an action that is considered harmful to society as a whole. The defendant has committed an offense against the state or the people. Criminal proceedings require a greater burden of proof because the defendant is facing a loss of their liberty. The prosecutor must be able to prove the perpetrator's actions "beyond a reasonable doubt."

If the prosecutor loses in a criminal trial, you can still win your civil lawsuit and secure compensation. Our lawyers serving Olympia and communities throughout Washington can help you bring civil action.

Compensation Can Help You Move Forward After Sexual Abuse or Assault

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Medical Bills

Sexual assault can require medical treatment, medication, STI testing, and more. The compensation you win in your case can go toward the medical treatment that you require now and anything you may need in the future.

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Lost Wages

Sexual assault is a violent act that can result in a survivor taking some time off work as they heal. The money our lawyers secure for you can cover these lost wages if your assault caused you to miss work. It can also go toward lost future earnings if you cannot return to work.

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Pain and Suffering

Sexual assault has a long-lasting impact on survivors, often causing mental and emotional anguish. The compensation you win in your case can go toward mental health treatment and grief counseling to help you move forward and feel like yourself again.

Sexual Assault FAQ

Should I take action against someone who sexually abused me during my childhood?

When sexual abuse happens to a child, they may not understand they're a victim until they're an adult, especially if the abuser manipulated or groomed them. Holding an abuser accountable even years after the incident can provide you with closure, help you take your power back, and allow you to move forward with your life.

Who can be held accountable for these crimes?

While the individual committing the sexual assault or abuse can be held liable for their crimes, institutions that failed to protect you may also be responsible. For example, a school district, church, employer, extra-curricular club, or government agency could be held accountable if they failed to conduct background checks or report suspected abuse.

Are most sexual crimes committed by strangers?

No. While many sex crimes are committed by strangers, an overwhelming majority of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows, like an acquaintance, friend, family member, or partner. However, no matter who has committed the act, an attorney can help you hold them accountable and prevent it from happening to anyone else.

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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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