Indiana Sexual Abuse Attorneys
Video Transcript | Greg Laker: One of the cases that I’m particularly proud of is a case involving a young girl who was sexually molested by her step‑grandfather over the course of three or four years.
This case was ultimately referred to me by a local attorney who practices primarily in family law. Before coming to me, our client had been told by three or four different civil attorneys that they couldn’t help her, that they didn’t think that there was any reason to prosecute the case because they didn’t think that there was any money to recover.
We took a look at the case. We subpoenaed the divorce file of the step‑grandfather and mother and learned that, in fact, there may be assets from which we could recover. We decided to take a flyer on the case. We filed a civil claim against the step‑grandfather.
During the course of the case, we took the deposition of the grandmother and learned certain facts that suggested that she either knew or certainly should have known that there was something untoward going on in her home between the step‑grandfather and her young granddaughter.
After considerable work and numerous legal briefs, we were successful in bringing the grandmother’s homeowner’s insurance into the case. We were able to provide a nice financial recovery for this young lady so that she could continue the counseling that she had had throughout the entire case and will continue to need throughout the rest of her life.
Another case that I’m particularly proud of is a case for a young woman, a troubled young woman, that had had issues with her parents, at school, and ultimately got referred to a residential facility where she went to class, stayed the night, and tried to reacclimate herself to going back home with her mom and dad.
While she was at that home, she was sexually molested by one of her roommates. What we learned when we did our discovery was that there were rules that that residential facility had. There were rules against placing roommates of differing ages in the same room.
What we learned was that the girl who sexually molested our 12‑year‑old girl was 16 years old. After a considerable fight, we discovered the rules, the written protocols that this residential facility had, which dictated that roommates had to be within two years of one another. Here, the difference in age was four years.
After we discovered that written rule, we were able to obtain a financial recovery for our client that provided for counseling for her for years to come.