Oregon Sexual Abuse Attorney

Nicole Robbins is committed to protecting victims’ rights and helping clients take legal action in the event of a crime. She represents victims in both criminal and civil cases.
Nicole Robbins Attorney Portland Oregon

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"Nearly 1 in 5 (18.3%) women and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) reported experiencing sexual abuse at some time in their lives." - cdc.gov An abuser in a case against a victim for sexual assault is usually prosecuted in a criminal court. If found guilty a sentence is imposed which entails jail or prison time. The best opportunity a victim has at recovering any monetary damages is in civil court by suing the defendant, or the entity that covered up or allowed the abuse. ​A victim of sexual abuse may be able to sue for assault, battery, emotional damages such as Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, physical abuse, or other types of personal injury.
​If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse and need to recover monetary damages for your loss, call our office today.

Crime Victim Representation CIVIL JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIMES

The effects of sex abuse have a devastating impact on the person abused as well as the community at large.   While the stigma associated with sexual abuse is changing, the shame and embarrassment victims feel as well as the attack on their character still exist.  Furthermore the damage from the abuse can be seen in their relationships with others as well as their overall ability to function in life.  Most commonly sexual abuse is committed by someone the victim knows and trust.  Furthermore the victim is led to believe that they are somehow at fault for the abuse.  Finally victims of sexual abuse may not admit the abuse until long after the abuse has stopped or they have had the ability to break free from their abuse.  Fortunately both the criminal justice system and the civil justice system has extended the time frame for when a child abuse case may be brought and each system offers different avenues of relief.

The purpose of the criminal justice system is to protect the public and punish the criminal.  In order to improve investigations and prosecutions of sex abuse each county is required to have a Sexual Assault Response Team (referred to as SART).  The SART team is multidisciplinary interagency team made up of law enforcement personnel, medical personnel and victim advocates.  The mission of SART is facilitate and support a collaborative victim-centered approach to the prevention of and response to sexual abuse.

In addition, crime victims are afforded certain rights under the Oregon Constitution.  An attorney experienced  crime victim representation knows the rights afforded to victims and can represent and guide them through the criminal process.  With the crime victim rights an attorney can formally appear in the case to make sure your voice is heard.  As a former prosecutor, Nicole has a detailed, working knowledge of the criminal justice system, established relationships with area deputy district attorneys and law enforcement and will work to ensure your rights are protected.

The purpose of the civil justice system is to compensate the victim.  Although a money award will never fully compensate the victim for their injuries, it is a valuable resource on their to recovery.  An experienced crime victim lawyer will utilize the information from the criminal case to the benefit of the crime victim in the civil case.  And regardless of the outcome of the criminal case, crime victims may still be entitled to recover from a civil lawsuit because a civil suit does not determine guilt or innocence rather it determines who is liable for the injuries sustained as a result of the crime.

An experienced  lawyer will know what evidence is needed, what remedies are available and work diligently  to maximize your recovery.  All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means Nicole only collects a fee if she is able to recover money for her client. Initial consultations are free. Contact Nicole at 503-451-0477.

Sex Abuse • Physical Abuse • Child Abuse • Elder Abuse • Wrongful Death • Negligent Security • Premise Liability