Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault


Every 98 seconds a person in the United States is sexually assaulted. More than 481,000 people per year in the United States become victims of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States. In many cases, the abuse goes entirely unreported or is not reported for years. ​

Don't be afraid to speak out. We here at Martineau Leonard are here for you. We will empower you and help you have the courage to hold those responsible for allowing your assault to happen accountable.


With or Without a Criminal Conviction

Many times it can be hard to obtain a criminal conviction for the abuse that you experienced. Prosecutors may not have enough or may just choose not to pursue the case. The civil system gives a remedy when the criminal system does not, but also can provide an additional claim even if a criminal conviction has been secured.  The civil system is designed to attempt to "make whole" the victim. The standard in a civil case is "by the preponderance of the evidence". This is much less onerous than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard required in a criminal case. 

Types of Cases

In many different scenarios, there are the potential for civil remedies stemming from a sexual assault or repeated sexual abuse. In addition to suing an individual personally for the damage he/she may have caused, there is the possibility of holding a facility, owner or employer of a facility liable.

There are many situations in which a third party may be liable.


Some examples include:

- Hotels

-Apartment Buildings

-Rehabilitation Centers

-Nursing Homes


-Places of Employment


-Medical Clinics 

-Abuse by Coaches or Teachers

-Daycare Centers

Don't be afraid to give us a call. There is no cost and no commitment required to discuss what happened with us. You may still have time, even if the assault happened decades ago.  The experienced attorneys at Martineau Leonard will help you evaluate your potential to make a claim.  Try us now! 

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