Sexual Abuse: What to Do

Clients often call the Block Firm after they or a loved one, such as their child, have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused. There are so many questions about “what to do.” Some general guidelines to consider are below. Please contact us if you would like legal assistance dealing with sexual assault or abuse.


First, get to safety. If your physical safety is in danger, contact law enforcement immediately.

Second, get medical attention. Not only is medical attention often warranted for health reasons—medical evidence can be critical in proving what happened.

Third, request a thorough investigation by the police and, if a minor is involved, Georgia’s Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS). If the abuse occurred at a public school, file a Title IX Complaint. Title IX is a civil rights law that provides you the right to seek support and justice through your school if it receives any federal funding. Most schools that receive federal funding have a Title IX Coordinator on staff who can assist you with this process. If the abuse occurred at a private school, house of worship, athletic club, or other private organization, request that the organization conduct an internal investigation. In our experience, investigators sometimes need prompting to turn over every stone. It is often helpful for counsel to assist you with ensuring that the investigation is complete. We can advise you about the specific individuals, files, and documents that should be examined as part of the investigation.

Fourth, services may be available to you. Georgia has a strong network of children’s advocacy centers where children and families can obtain a forensic interview and receive counseling and a referral to various services.

Fifth, know that you are not alone. We at the Block Firm will stand with you to fight for justice if you or a loved one have been sexually assaulted or sexually abused. We will walk with you every step of the way. We are the premier trial practice for survivors of sexual abuse in the Southeastern United States. Our cases have helped put individuals and families on a financially secure path to recovery and abusers behind bars.

If you need help, call us today for a free, confidential consultation.

Additional Resources:

Know Your IX (Title IX Information)

Public Justice Foundation

National Women’s Law Center

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (“RAINN”)

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

U.S. Center for SafeSport

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