HOW CAN THE O’BRIEN LAW FIRM HELP?

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I’m a survivor of sexual abuse.

Coming forward about sexual abuse takes tremendous strength and courage. We’re here to listen to your story. To learn about your legal options and get started with a free, confidential case evaluation, call us at 314-588-0558 or submit an online form.

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I’m the parent or guardian of a child who was sexually abused.

It can be overwhelming to navigate how best to support your child when you first learn of sexual abuse. We can discuss the aspects of pursuing a legal case and answer your questions. Call us at 314-588-0558 or submit an online form to get started.

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I have another question about sexual abuse cases.

Please review our FAQs below. If you have further questions or wish to speak with an attorney, give us a call at 314-588-0558, or submit an online form.

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DISCLAIMER: No prior result in a case guarantees a future result that is the same. Each case we handle is individual with different facts and therefore every case is different. We cannot guarantee any specific result in your case.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE CASES

No. The prosecutor represents the people of their jurisdiction. The prosecutor is not a specific person’s attorney. While prosecutors work to achieve justice for victims, there is no attorney-client privilege and they cannot give you legal advice. However, a victim is always entitled to an attorney of their choosing to represent and advise them during a criminal prosecution, including protecting the victim’s rights.

No. It simply means there may not be a criminal prosecution of the alleged perpetrator. However, you can still file a civil case against the perpetrator and any other at-fault parties and pursue justice within the civil courts system.

Yes. Regardless of what happens in the criminal case, a victim still has the right to file appropriate civil claims against the perpetrator and any other at-fault parties.

Absolutely not. Our firm treats every case like we are going to trial and we work aggressively to move your case forward to hold people accountable for what you have been through. It is always your decision whether to attempt to pursue a settlement or pursue a trial. We prepare for every path a case could take and individually tailor our representation to each client’s wants and needs.

Based on applicable law and privacy concerns, a victim’s personal identifying information is typically protected. In a civil case, victims are routinely permitted to proceed under a pseudonym such as “Jane/John Doe” or with using their initials.

RESOURCES FOR SURVIVORS

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1in6
The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in over 200 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.

Darkness to Light
Darkness to Light is a non-profit committed to empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse.

Family Watchdog
Family Watchdog is a free service to help locate registered sex offenders and other types of offenders in your area.

National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)
The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

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National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
NSVRC provides research & tools to advocates working on the frontlines to end sexual harassment, assault, and abuse with the understanding that ending sexual violence also means ending racism, sexism, and all forms of oppression.

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

StrongHearts Native Helpline
1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

Tribal Resource Tool
The Tribal Resource Tool is an online map of diverse community resources for American Indian and Alaskan Native victims and survivors of crime and abuse.

WomensLaw.org
Despite its name, WomensLaw.org provides information that is relevant to people of all genders, not just women. Our Email Hotline will provide legal information to anyone who reaches out with legal questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, or any other topic covered on WomensLaw.org.

Local

Annie’s Hope
The mission of Annie’s Hope is to provide comprehensive support services to children, teens and their families who are grieving a death.

The Angel Band Project
The mission of The Angel Band Project is to use the power of music to provide healing, raise awareness, and promote positive social change for survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri
The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri serves children disclosing sexual abuse, physical abuse, and children who witness violence.

Crime Victim Center
Crime Victim Center’s mission is empowering those impacted by crime to move from crisis to resiliency.

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)
The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence unites Missourians with a shared value that rape and abuse must end, and advances this through education, alliance, research and public policy.

Safe Connections
Safe Connections’ award-winning, nationally-accredited programs reduce the impact and incidence of domestic and sexual violence through youth education, 24-hour crisis care, and therapy for adult and teen survivors.

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery
The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides a short-term, safe haven for 5,000 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families face an emergency caused by illness, homelessness, domestic violence or overwhelming parental stress.

St. Louis Ending Domestic and Sexual Violence Network
At SLEDSVN, we are committed to bringing together service providers to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our member agencies have a diverse range of missions to help community members reach their goals and fulfill their potential.

YWCA Metro St. Louis
YWCA Metro St. Louis provides crisis intervention and a variety of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as educational programs for friends and family of someone impacted by violence.

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