Denver Sex Assault Attorneys
Sexual Violence is a Prevalent Problem
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual violence affects millions of women and men and, in the United States, 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual assault or attempted assault. Most of these victims experience their first sexual assault before the age of 25. The CDC also states that the number of sexual assault survivors is larger than any set of statistics may reveal, given that it is one of the most underreported crimes.
According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, a survivor’s relationship with the offender often impacts the likelihood of them reporting the crime, particular if the offender is or was an intimate partner, friend, acquaintance, or a person in a position of authority.
The report also stated that some of the most common reasons why survivors did not report sexual assault were:
- Fear of reprisal.
- Did not want family to know.
- Did not want others to know.
- Fear of the justice system.
- Belief that the police would not do anything to help.
The Probability Statistics Calculated by the Rape Abuse and Incest Network reported in 2013 that, due to the low reporting rates, only 9% of rapists get prosecuted and only 5% of cases lead to felony conviction.
An Abuse of Power and Trust
While public discourse has worked to dispel the myth that strangers are usually the perpetrators of this crime, most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, trusts, or even works for. Sex assault in the workplace is not commonly reported and, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, it is the lowest violent crime in that environment reported to police (24%). In cases where the victim is a child, 60% of perpetrators are childcare providers, babysitters, or family members, according to the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART).
In a study conducted by the American Association of University Women, students between grades 8 and 11 were asked if they ever experienced inappropriate conduct at school. 1 in 10 students said they were victimized by a teacher or other school employee, which largely involved physical contact. If this is indicative of what the nationwide number may be, approximately 4.5 million students in grades K-12 have suffered sexual assault at the hands of an educator.
Advocates for Victims of Sexual Assault
Steve Wahlberg has gained a reputation throughout the Rocky Mountain Region as an advocate for victims of sex assault and exploitation, fiercely representing them and giving them a voice. For over 30 years, Steve has represented victims who have been sexually assaulted by members of the clergy, educators, and employers who abused their positions of authority and trust.
Steve has also provided support for criminal prosecutions and developed creative strategies to prosecute claims for money damages. He has assisted in overcoming arguments that the statute of limitations bars claims of sexual abuse and served as an advisor to educational programs and schools, and taught continuing legal education courses to help young attorneys spot issues that are unique to victims of sexual abuse.
Call for Representation
The Denver Trial Lawyers has a skilled team of attorneys that work with experts, counselors, and investigators. Steve is personally involved in all aspects of such cases and will fight to have your voice heard and justice achieved. No one should have to experience sexual assault and our team will make sure we hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Call us for a free case evaluation today (303) 586-3638.