How To Pursue A Case Against An Abuser
For decades, Kennedy Kennedy & Ives has assisted survivors of sexual abuse in seeking justice in the form best for their situation. When clients come to us, they often have a lot of questions. We’ve provided answers to some of the most common questions on this page and welcome any others by phone call or appointment.
How Long Does The Process Take?
This depends on the type of case and if you decide to go to trial versus a negotiated settlement. We will work with you to take proactive measures as soon as possible. An attorney can walk you through the options for your situation and any statutes of limitations that might apply. New Mexico has particularly complicated limitations in sexual abuse cases, but we can help in many situations.
What Happens To Me When I Report Sexual Abuse?
In many ways, that is entirely up to you. We understand that in some situations survivors want to remain anonymous. In those situations, we will do everything we can to help you feel supported and protected while you pursue justice.
If, instead, you choose to be a voice for others and publicly hold an individual or institution accountable, we have the connections and resources to empower you. In either case, we want our clients to remember that someone else’s abuse does not define them, and how you move forward is your decision to make.
How Can I Hold The Perpetrator Accountable?
Criminal cases are filed by the state, but whether there’s a criminal case or not you can pursue a civil lawsuit against your abuser. In some cases, you can also hold a third party accountable, if they owed you a duty of care.
Civil cases have their own unique investigation procedures and are often the best way to obtain justice. For more information on how civil cases work, visit our page on how an attorney can help in a sexual abuse case.
You Are Not Alone
With over 75 years of combined experience helping survivors of sexual abuse, the attorneys at our firm have helped victims of sexual abuse throughout New Mexico obtain justice. We provide compassionate advice and a relentless pursuit of justice.