Lake Balboa Athletic Trainer Arrested After Students Report Incidents of Inappropriate Touching

Athletic Trainer at Birmingham High School Arrested for Inappropriately Touching Students

An athletic and physical trainer at local Birmingham Charter High School in Lake Balboa, California, was arrested earlier this week for inappropriately touching a student, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives believe additional victims assaulted by the athletic trainer may have yet to be identified.

Law enforcement officials received a call of a sexual assault at Birmingham High School in the West Valley Area on September 20. Richard Turner, 64, was arrested Wednesday for 289(A)(1) PC Forcible Penetration with a Foreign Object. His case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for the consideration of filing charges, local KTLA reported.

Police were reportedly dispatched to the high school on Tuesday when a minor student reported being inappropriately touched by Turner, police confirmed via a news release.

“Richard Turner’s alleged conduct is reprehensible and totally contrary to Birmingham Community Charter High School’s mission, values and the way we run our school.” Ari Bennett, Principal of Birmingham High School, said to McClatchy News. “Our deepest sympathies go out to the student and student’s family who have been impacted by this. As always, our focus is on providing our students with a safe learning environment and the academic and developmental support they need to be successful students at Birmingham and beyond.

“Birmingham is cooperating with law enforcement during the course of its investigation. Given privacy and other concerns we are not able to make any further comment at the present time,” Bennett added.

Turner is currently being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the LAPD Valley Jail in Van Nuys.

Police also indicated they have located at least one other victim harmed by Turner – a minor touched by the athletic trainer in 2017. At the time. Turner worked at Van Nuys High School. Investigators, however, have indicated they believe there may be many additional victims who were harmed by Turner.

Anyone with information related to a crime committed by Turner or a possible victim harmed by him over the years is urged to contact the LAPD Juvenile Division detectives at 818-374-5415.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

How Can You Tell if a Child is Being Sexually Abused?

How Can You Tell if a Child is Being Sexually Abused?
While there is no straightforward litmus test to determine whether or not a child is being sexually abused by a teacher or coach, certain warning signs have been identified by various organizations, including the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Firstly, it’s important to address what parents should do if a child reports an incident of sexual abuse:

  • Listen carefully to what they’re saying
  • Let them know they’ve done the right thing by telling you
  • Tell them it’s not their fault
  • Say you’ll take them seriously
  • Don’t confront the alleged abuser
  • Explain what you’ll do next
  • Report what the child has told you as soon as possible

“After empathizing with and supporting a child who comes forward with an allegation of sexual abuse, the next most important thing you can do is report the claim to the proper authorities. The vast majority of sex crimes sadly go unreported, and it’s important that reports are filed with law enforcement as soon as possible after a child makes an allegation. Once a report has been filed, you may proceed with a separate civil claim (in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed) in pursuit of maximum financial compensation,” Moses Castillo, Dordulian Law Group’s Chief Investigator and a retired 30-year LAPD detective, says.

Potential Warning Signs for Parents to Look For

The sad fact is that approximately 93% of sexual abuse survivors know their perpetrators. With that in mind, parents should be vigilant when outsiders – even those who you may know fairly well – try to spend inordinate amounts of time with your children.

“It’s important for parents to realize that the majority of sexual predators aren’t strangers, but someone close to the child and the child’s family. Whether it’s a coach, teacher, clergy member, family friend, or even a close relative, most childhood sexual abuse is committed by a familiar face,” Detective Castillo said.

“If an adult makes regular efforts to spend more time (typically alone) with your child than you do as their parent, that’s a red flag,” Castillo added. “Premeditated attempts to get a child alone – whether to go out for ice cream, take a trip to an amusement park, the movies, etc. – are situations that can be conducive to sexual abuse.”

“It’s also important to remember that sexual predators are notorious for seeking out positions (whether as a professional or volunteer) that allow them access to children. Granted, 95% of coaches, teachers, clergy, volunteers at religious institutions, etc. are likely upstanding citizens. But parents need to be aware that there’s no standard model for a sexual predator. A predator can be any of age, gender, socioeconomic status, etc.,” Dordulian Law Group’s founder and president, Samuel Dordulian, says.

Here are some of the common warning signs displayed by adults that the Dordulian Law Group team has identified for parents:

  • Does not respect boundaries or listen when someone tells them “no”
  • Engages in touching that a child or child’s parents/guardians have indicated is unwanted
  • Tries to be a child’s friend rather than filling an adult role in the child’s life
  • Does not seem to have age-appropriate relationships
  • Talks with children about their personal problems or relationships
  • Spends time alone with children outside of their role in the child’s life or makes up excuses to be alone with the child
  • Expresses unusual interest in child’s sexual development, such as commenting on sexual characteristics or sexualizing normal behaviors
  • Gives a child gifts without occasion or reason
  • Spends a lot of time with your child or another child you know
  • Restricts a child’s access to other adults

Want to Pursue Justice for Your Child’s Sexual Abuse Claim? Contact California’s Best Attorneys

At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we take great pride in providing the utmost respect, discretion, professionalism, and dedication to each and every sexual abuse survivor and their family. We know how painstaking the process of reporting sexual abuse can be. But we’re here to listen, to believe, and to support all survivors and their families in their pursuit of justice through civil lawsuits.

Our unparalleled experience and proven results are why parents of sexual abuse victims and adult survivors who were abused as children throughout the nation consistently choose DLG to handle their claims, obtain justice, and recover maximum financial compensation.

We’ve successfully recovered more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for our clients, and we’re dedicated to working tirelessly until we secure a maximum damages award for your sexual abuse claim that equals justice under the law.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

Contact us today for a free and no obligation consultation to discuss your child sexual abuse case at 818-322-4056. We accept every case on a contingency fee agreement, which means you’ll never receive a bill for any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. When you secure the very best legal representation available with DLG, Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee means you don’t pay anything until we successfully recover maximum financial compensation for your sexual abuse claim.

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California AB 2777 Signed Into Law, Affording Adult Survivors an Opportunity at Justice

Adult Sexual Assault Survivors Now Able to File Civil Claims Under California AB 2777

Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Assembly Bill 2777 (AB 2777) into law this week, paving the way for survivors of sexual assault to obtain justice for past crimes that would otherwise be barred because of an expired statute of limitations. AB 2777 effectively revives sexual assault claims seeking to recover financial damages as a result of a crime which occurred on or after January 1, 2009.

Adult Sexual Assault Survivors Now Able to File Civil Claims Under California AB 2777

Through the passage of this landmark legislation, countless adult survivors of sexual violence are now able to pursue civil claims for a limited window of time – through December 31, 2026.

This blog will provide an in-depth analysis of California AB 2777 and include everything you need to know in order to file your claim and secure financial compensation, justice, and potentially a semblance of healing for past sexual violence.

What is California AB 2777?

California Assembly Bill 2777 (AB 2777) represents historic legislation that opens past sexual assault crimes to potential civil claims brought by or on behalf of survivors. The ‘Sexual Abuse Cover Up Accountability Act‘ was authored by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks of California’s 15th District and introduced in February 2022, receiving overwhelming bi-partisan support.

What Does California AB 2777 Do?

California Assembly Bill 2777 has multiple sections which are designed to assist survivors of sexual assault in their pursuit of justice. Firstly, the state’s Civil Code of Procedure is amended. Accordingly, any civil actions (lawsuits) brought for the recovery of damages, and in instances where the assault occurred on or after the survivor’s 18th birthday, are now bound to the later of the following deadlines:

  1. Within 10 years from the date of the last act, attempted act, or assault with the intent to commit an act, of sexual assault against the plaintiff.
  2. Within three years from the date the plaintiff discovers or reasonably should have discovered that an injury or illness resulted from an act, attempted act, or assault with the intent to commit an act, of sexual assault against the plaintiff.

Under AB 2777, any claim seeking to recover damages suffered as a result of a sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature may now be filed between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2026.

Additionally, AB 2777 revives claims involving cover-ups for a one-year window – from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. For a claim to qualify under the cover-up section of the bill, the survivor would have to allege all of the following:

  • The plaintiff was sexually assaulted or was subjected to other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature.
  • One or more entities are legally responsible for damages arising out of the sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature.
  • The entity or entities, including, but not limited to, their officers, directors, representatives, employees, or agents, engaged in a cover up or attempted a cover up of a previous instance or allegations of sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature by an alleged perpetrator of such abuse.

Failure to allege a cover up as to one entity does not affect revival of the plaintiff’s claim or claims against any other entity,” AB 2777’s text reads.

In addition, AB 2777 defines a cover-up as:

A deliberate effort to hide or disregard information relating to a sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature.

Moreover, AB 2777 revives any related claims including but not limited to:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sexual harassment (arising out of the sexual assault or other inappropriate conduct, communication, or activity of a sexual nature)

Accordingly, all adult survivors of California sexual assault who have not previously brought claims in court (or entered into written agreements or settlements) for crimes occurring on or after January 1, 2009 are now eligible to file civil lawsuits seeking justice and maximum financial compensation for damages.

When Can I File My Revived Sexual Assault Claim Under California AB 2777?

The limited window for revived claims to be filed under California AB 2777 officially begins on January 1, 2023 and extends through December 31, 2026. Throughout that three-year period, survivors of sexual assault may bring claims against both individual perpetrators and official entities, such as employers, organizations, institutions, etc.

The experienced and trusted sexual assault attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) can help you begin the process of filing your revived sex crime claim under AB 2777 immediately. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about your legal rights and potential for recovering financial compensation by filing a claim. During the free consultation phase, DLG’s sexual assault lawyers will review the facts of your case, provide you with all available legal options, offer an estimate for how long your case may take to reach a settlement, and give you a projected figure for how much your claim may be worth.

Don’t wait to begin the process of securing the justice you deserve for a past sexual assault crime. As has been the case with the AB 218 childhood sexual abuse law that was passed in 2019 and took effect in January of 2020, our proven attorneys have seen a significant increase in the number of claims being filed.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

The new AB 2777 legislation is similar to the landmark AB 218 bill that has helped countless childhood sexual abuse survivors secure justice. Similarly, AB 2777 will undoubtedly help a substantial number of adult sexual assault survivors finally obtain the justice they deserve, regardless of whether their claims were previously barred by an expired statute of limitations.

Contact us today to file your AB 2777 claim and obtain justice on your own terms. Our sexual assault attorneys are available via 818-322-4056 to discuss your case and provide you with an overview and explanation of the litigation process.

DLG is your trusted legal advocate for sexual assault and abuse claims. We will fight aggressively on your behalf to recover a maximum financial damages award that equals justice under the law. With more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts recovered for our clients, DLG is the best choice you can make when pursuing your AB 2777 claim.

Study Shows Being a Rape Survivor Costs an Average of $3,500 in Medical Bills

Study Shows Being a Rape Survivor Costs an Average of $3,500 in Medical Bills

After a sexual assault, undergoing a rape kit (also known as a SANE exam, conducted by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) can be an important step in ensuring that the perpetrator is brought to justice. Such sexual assault exams are extremely invasive, however, and can be burdensome on a number of levels.

A sexual assault can be very traumatic, and having to undergo a rigorous exam can add to the already substantial stress a survivor is experiencing. Moreover, the exam typically takes at least four hours to complete, and the swabbing, photographing, and other elements involved could easily lead one to question whether such an ordeal is worthwhile given the pain and suffering involved.

But while completing a rape kit is strongly recommended – as it can be a critical tool in identifying and arresting suspects – the costs involved can be yet another drawback which unfortunately discourages survivors.

New Study Highlights Significant Medical Costs Incurred by Rape Survivors

Sexual assault survivors who seek emergency room medical care after an incident can be left with exorbitant bills afterward, a trend that disproportionately affects those without health insurance. A new study shed further light on the costs involved in sexual assault medical care by looking at 35,807,950 hospital-based visits to emergency departments from the 2019 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample database.

The study – Uncovered Medical Bills After Sexual Assault – was published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine. The findings are troubling for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the economic burden often placed on survivors. In addition, the invasive nature of rape kit exams combined with the potential high cost makes the likelihood for underreporting – an already widespread issue – even greater.

112,844 emergency department visit records linked to sexual assault were included in the study. Among the survivors who sought treatment, 88% were women. The majority, 53%, were between 18 and 44 years old. 38%, however, were between 0 and 17.

The following findings were confirmed by the study:

  • On average, hospital emergency departments charged $3,551 for urgent medical care coded as “caused by sexual violence.”
  • People who were sexually assaulted while pregnant faced higher bills, with an average of $4,553.
  • Uninsured victims or those who chose to pay out-of-pocket were issued bills that averaged $3,673.

Additionally, survivors with private insurance didn’t fare much better.

  • Insured victims paid an average of 14% of their bills out of pocket.
  • For the average sexual assault hospital bill, that would work out to nearly $500.

“Emergency department charges may discourage the reporting of rape and seeking of medical care for both short-term and long-term sequelae of sexual assault,” the study’s authors cautioned. “Incurring such charges may further harm survivors – even those with full insurance coverage – by serving to disclose a potentially stigmatizing event to parents, partners, or employers. Moreover, such bills may further traumatize survivors by suggesting that they are personally responsible for their assault.”

Moreover, the combination of experiencing a sexual assault, undergoing a rape kit, and being hit with major expenses can have emotional consequences for victims.

“This can be re-traumatizing for many survivors,” said lead researcher Dr. Samuel Dickman, a physician with Planned Parenthood of Montana.

Dr. Dickman and his colleagues who authored the study also noted that the prospect of a “huge E.R. bill” could further discourage survivors from seeking care in the first place, according to a report from U.S. News.

Currently, according to the U.S. News report, only 20% of sexual assault survivors in the United States receive medical care after an incident occurs.

Are Rape Kits Covered Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAMA)?

The 1994 Violence Against Women Act does technically mandate that survivors should not be charged for evidence collection during any post-sexual assault medical care. However, which states actually adhere to the VAMA varies.

Although it is a requirement for states to cover the costs of sexual assault medical care in order to be eligible for certain federal grants, the law does not mandate medical services beyond the forensic exam (that which is used to gather evidence for law enforcement).

“Hospitals can still charge for things like injury care, counseling, emergency contraception, and medication to prevent HIV due to possible exposure,” U.S. news said.

“In the absence of federal requirements, many states have stepped in and do cover additional medical services,” Janine Zweig, associate vice president for justice policy at the Urban Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization, told U.S. News.

“But it really does vary state to state,” Zweig added, telling U.S. News that a broader change would help make victims’ care more equitable: Expanding the federal definition of what medical services must be covered by states. And Dr. Dickman agreed.

“That’s what we need – expanded financial protections for survivors,” Dickman said.

How Costs for Rape Kits Can Decrease Reporting of Sexual Assault

How Costs for Rape Kits Can Decrease Reporting of Sexual Assault
One of the primary concerns the new study puts into perspective is the potential for decreasing reporting of sexual assault by discouraging the potential for completing a rape kit at all. But how great of an issue is underreporting of sexual assault?

As it turns out, it’s a systemic problem throughout the United States.

Some statistics underscoring the issue of sexual assault underreporting include:

  • Sexual assault is estimated to occur every 98 seconds in the United States, but the vast majority of sex crimes unfortunately go unreported.
  • Domestic Violence Services estimates that only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice confirmed in 2018 that nearly 80% of rapes and sexual assaults go unreported (based on findings from a 2016 Department of Justice analysis on violent crime).
  • According to the Brennan Center, as little as 23% of sexual assault survivors report such crimes to law enforcement officials.

And reporting of sexual violence is so important because even when crimes are brought to the attention of law enforcement, they rarely lead to actual charges. For example:

  • Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 975 perpetrators will walk free
  • Only 310 out of every 1,000 sexual assault crimes are ever reported to police
  • Only 50 out of every 1,000 reports will ever lead to arrest
  • Only 28 out of every 1,000 reports will ever lead to a felony conviction
  • Only 25 out of every 1,000 reports will ever lead to a perpetrator being incarcerated

How to File a Sexual Assault Civil Claim for Damages

Filing a sexual assault civil claim can help a survivor obtain justice as well as financial compensation on his or her own terms. Moreover, holding your perpetrator accountable can be an empowering decision.

Contact Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) proven sexual assault attorneys today for a free and no obligation consultation to discuss your case at 818-322-4056. DLG has successfully helped countless survivors recover maximum financial damages awards and obtain the justice they deserve.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

We accept every case on a contingency fee agreement, which means you never have to worry about upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses when securing the very best legal representation available. Our No Win/No Fee Guarantee ensures you don’t pay a penny until we win your case and recover a damages award.

We’ve helped countless victims secure over $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts, and we’ll fight aggressively on your behalf to recover the maximum damages award that equals justice for your claim.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you secure the justice you deserve.

Westlake Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Kidnapping, Rape, Child Pornography

Los Angeles Man Who Kidnapped and Raped 15-Year-Old Girl Sentenced to Federal Prison

A man from the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westlake received a federal prison sentence Thursday after being charged with multiple sex crimes involving a minor. Travis Smith, 28, was sentenced to 292 months – 24 years and four months – for producing child pornography of him raping a then-15-year-old girl he had kidnapped from her home in Oregon, federal officials said.

Los Angeles Man Who Kidnapped and Raped 15-Year-Old Girl Sentenced to Federal Prison

Smith pleaded guilty on January 20 to one count of production of child pornography. The sex offender was sentenced by United States District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who remarked at Thursday’s hearing that Smith’s “inexcusable” conduct was “beyond comprehension.” The judge also noted that the sexual predator’s actions had a “profound effect” on the victim.

According to a press release from the United States District Attorney’s Office, in early 2020, Smith was a 26-year-old married father of two living with his estranged wife. That year, he began impersonating a 16-year-old boy “to chat online with the victim about a popular online game,” the District Attorney’s Office said.

Their messages soon turned sexual and abusive, however, with Smith demanding the victim perform painful sex acts on herself as punishment for behavior such as speaking with boys or not answering him quickly enough,” according to the D.A.’s Office for the Central District of California.

The following sequence of events related to Smith’s arrest and prosecution were confirmed by federal officials:

  • The victim tried to end her communication with the then-26-year-old.
  • After enticing her to produce sexually explicit images, Smith subsequently threatened to release the material to the teenager’s family and friends.
  • In July 2020, several months after initially making contact, Smith drove from California to the victim’s home in Oregon.
  • Smith threatened to shoot the victim and her family, eventually kidnapping the teenage girl whom he had met online just months earlier.

After the abduction, Smith attempted to conceal the victim’s whereabouts by forcing her to destroy her cellphone. On the drive from California to Oregon (and multiple times thereafter), Smith repeatedly raped the young girl, according to federal officials.

After arriving back in Los Angeles, the sexual predator hid the victim in his Westlake apartment for several days. While the victim was trapped inside the apartment, Smith filmed himself raping her numerous times.

After days of captivity, the FBI eventually located and rescued the victim. A widespread investigation into the matter was immediately launched, and Smith was taken into custody.

Assistant United States Attorney Catharine A. Richmond of the Violent and Organized Crime Section reportedly prosecuted the case against Travis Smith.

Sexual Predators Using Sextortion Scams to Target Teens Online

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) San Francisco Field Office recently released a report warning of a significant increase in online “sextortion scams” targeting teenagers.

The FBI notes that sextortion begins when an adult contacts a minor over any online platform used to meet and communicate (such as a game, app, or social media account). Predators may initiate contact in a sextortion scam under the guise of a friendship. Cases of scammers posing as employees for modeling agencies and requesting photos and/or videos have been frequently reported, according to the FBI.

An online sexual predator typically follows the following pattern in a sextortion scam:

  • Revealing that they have made the compromising sexual recordings of the victim
  • Attempting to extort the victim for money to prevent the recordings from being posted online

“In a scheme that has recently become more prevalent, the predator (posing as a young girl) uses deception and manipulation to convince a young male, usually 14 to 17 years old, to engage in explicit activity over video, which is then secretly recorded by the predator,” the FBI said.

“Many of the subjects are overseas and will often demand money in increasing amounts if any is sent during the initial request.”

Parents and caregivers were specifically cautioned by the FBI regarding the ongoing increase in sextortion scams involving the exploitation of young children.

“The FBI is receiving an increasing number of reports of adults posing as young girls coercing young boys through social media to produce sexual images and videos and then extorting money from them,” a department press release said.

As we discussed in an August blog, the FBI has warned of “huge increases” in sextortion scams specifically targeting boys aged 14 to 17.

Data on sextortion scams compiled by the Cyberbullying Research Center confirmed the following statistics:

  • 5% of teens have been the target of sextortion recently.
  • Only one-third notified their parents of the sextortion incidents.
  • Males were significantly more likely to have experienced sextortion (both as a victim and as an offender)
  • Adolescents who identified as non-heterosexual were more than twice as likely to be the victim of sextortion.

Moreover, the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office confirmed receiving dozens of complaints involving boys who reported being victims of sextortion within the last year. The reports indicated that a majority of those incidents involved:

  • Soliciting victims for money
  • Sextorted for additional images

“These crimes have had devastating effects on children and their families,” FBI San Francisco Acting Special Agent in Charge, Sean Ragan, said. “We need to disrupt these criminals by making potential victims and their parents aware of the sextortion threat. Parents and guardians should talk to their children about the dangers of online communication, and the importance of speaking up if anyone makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.”

How Can Parents Protect Children from Online Sextortion Scams?

The following tips have been provided by the FBI to help parents and caregivers protect children online:

  • Be selective about what you share online, especially your personal information and passwords. If your social media accounts are open to everyone, a predator may be able to figure out a lot of information about you or your children.
  • Be wary of anyone you encounter for the first time online. Block or ignore messages from strangers.
  • Be aware that people can pretend to be anything or anyone online. Videos and photos are not proof that a person is who they claim to be.
  • Be suspicious if you meet someone on a game or app and they ask you to start talking to them on a different platform.
  • Encourage your children to report suspicious behavior to a trusted adult.

According to the FBI, in 2021, the IC3 (Internet Complaint Referral Form) received over 18,000 sextortion-related complaints resulting in losses estimated at over $13.6 million.

Contact a Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today to File a Claim for Damages

Over the course of their lifetime, approximately 28% of American youth between the ages of 14 and 17 are sexually victimized, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1-in-4 girls and 1-in-13 boys experience sexual violence and abuse in the United States.

Failing to hold these odious sexual perpetrators accountable allows this cycle of rampant abuse impacting America’s children and teens to continue.

One way to hold sexual predators accountable for their actions is by filing a civil claim for damages. If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and would like to pursue justice against your perpetrator, the team of proven, experienced, and skilled sex crimes attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is here to answer any questions you may have about filing a claim. We will fight aggressively for justice on your behalf, seeking recovery of a maximum financial damages award for the harm endured as a result of a predator’s actions.

DLG’s sexual abuse lawyers are available 24/7 to discuss your case, your legal rights, and all available legal options. Some of the common question we hear from survivors who want justice include:

  • How much is my case worth?
  • How long will it take to receive a cash settlement?
  • Can I remain anonymous throughout the claims process?
  • Can I file a claim if my abuse occurred long ago?

We’ll answer all of your questions and provide an estimate for how much your case is worth, how long the litigation process may take, and how soon you can expect to receive your settlement check during your free consultation meeting.

How Long Do I Have to File a California Child Sexual Abuse Claim?

All California survivors of childhood sexual abuse are now eligible to file civil claims for financial compensation. Child sex crime claims are currently not bound by any statute of limitations under California AB 218. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, you have — for a limited time – an opportunity to file a lawsuit seeking financial compensation, regardless of how long ago the crime occurred.

The deadline for this unprecedented opportunity at justice closes, however, on December 31, 2022. As a result, DLG’s California sexual abuse lawyers strongly encourage all survivors to file their claims immediately. Failing to file a claim by the deadline could mean that your case is no longer eligible for any sort of legal recourse (including financial compensation), and that your perpetrator is able to evade justice under the law.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

Contact DLG’s trusted sexual abuse lawyers for a free and confidential consultation today at 818-322-4056. We’re available 24/7 to provide information about how a childhood sex abuse lawsuit under AB 218 can help you get the justice you deserve – even for crimes committed decades ago.

Dordulian Law Group’s No Win/No Fee Guarantee means that our clients are never responsible for any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. You pay nothing for our expert legal representation until after we’ve secured a maximum cash settlement for your child sexual abuse claim. If we don’t win, you pay nothing – and since you have nothing to lose by choosing DLG, contact us today so we can start fighting for the justice you deserve. No matter how long ago your child sexual abuse occurred, we’re here as your dedicated legal advocate, working tirelessly to recover a maximum cash settlement for the harm you’ve endured.

California Task Force-Led Sting Operation Results in 141 Online Child Sexual Predator Arrests

141 Online Predators Arrested in California Child Sex Crimes Sting Operation

Members of a Southern California law enforcement task force made more than 140 arrests over the span of seven days in a crackdown on online child sex predators, authorities confirmed Wednesday.

Operation “Protect the Innocent” involved 64 agencies across five California counties, local KTLA reported. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took a lead role in the multi-day sting operation.

141 Online Predators Arrested in California Child Sex Crimes Sting Operation

“The goal of Operation Protect the Innocent was to conduct investigations and arrests by utilizing (CyberTips) received, identifying suspects for arrest, and contacting individuals on probation and/or parole,” the LAPD said in a press release.

The targets of the sting operation reportedly included:

  • Adult suspects (many on parole or probation)
  • Individuals who were suspected of attempting to prey on children for sexual abuse and exploitation through the internet

Task force members also conducted compliance checks on individuals required to register on the California sex offender registry for various crimes.

During the week of September 6-12, arrests through the sting operation included:

  • 110 counts of possession, distribution, and manufacturing of child pornography
  • 18 parole or probation violations
  • A handful of other charges that included sexual abuse of a child, statutory rape, and pimping

Among those arrested were some high-profile Angelenos:

  • A San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy
  • A Cedars-Sinai Medical Center pediatrician

The two individuals were charged with possessing more than 600 sexually explicit images of children, a LAPD spokesperson said.

The pediatrician, Dr. Gary Goulin, was fired from the hospital sometime after his arrest last November by the LAPD’s Juvenile Division and has been ordered not to practice medicine while the case against him is pending, according to the City News Service. Goulin has since pleaded not guilty to possession of child or youth pornography, the wire service confirmed.

The Los Angeles Regional Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, which has been around for almost 25 years through a federal program run by the Department of Justice, spearheaded the overall effort, with officials announcing the results at a Wednesday news conference outside Los Angeles police headquarters.

“When we first started in 2004, we started LAPD’s ICAC because we received 458 tips that year. In 2019 that number rose to 8,500. In 2020, 2021, both years, were over 24,000. This year so far, we’re over 25,000, so we should end the year with over 36,000 cybertips,” LAPD Captain Jeff Bratcher said in an interview after the news briefing. “And each one of these tips was one more potential child victim.”

The task force relies heavily on tips from the public, according to a report from ABC 7 Los Angeles.

The ICAC “averaged about 24,000 tips a year in 2020 and 2021 and has already passed that number this year, on pace for 36,000 by the end of December,” ABC 7 said.

How Can Parents Protect Children From Online Sexual Predators?

“So what can parents do?” LAPD Captain Jeff Bratcher asked at Wednesday’s press conference.

“Number one, be aware and educate yourself. Number two, educate your child. Number three, monitor your child’s internet usage,” he said.

Bratcher also noted that “many predators take advantage of the anonymity of the internet to target victims – for example, by infiltrating online gaming sites where they might try to convince a child to send images of themselves in exchange for virtual credits that can be used to make in-game purchases. The rise of esports and social media platforms in recent years has caused a surge in abuse reports,” according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Moreover, while parents may be “so used to seeing digital devices in their kids’ hands,” Captain Bratcher encouraged them to more closely monitor children’s internet activity, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“It’s not the same stranger in a van that your mom and dad and my mom and dad warned us about; it’s a whole different type of threat,” Bratcher said. “And they never really know who they’re talking to.”

“By having parents and caregivers more involved, we can reduce the number of children victimized in this manner and help to keep the Los Angeles Region safer,” the LAPD said in a press release.

California Online Sexual Predators Targeting Kids

Last month, we posted a blog detailing the arrest of a California man who is accused of posing as a prepubescent girl to establish relationships with dozens of children throughout the U.S. in an effort to force them to produce online sexual abuse content.

Demetrius Carl Davis, 24, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail in August on a charge of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office reportedly identified more than 80 victims in the United States and alleged that Demetrius Carl Davis had pretended to be a young girl named Lizzy and contacted “well over 100 children” in 2020 and 2021, including some in other countries.

Davis is one of countless examples of sexual predators targeting children online.

Online Sexual Predator Cases Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic

At Wednesday’s LAPD press conference announcing the task force’s arrests, officials said that the outbreak of the pandemic led to an alarming surge in child sex abuse reports. “Stay-at-home orders meant to slow the virus’ spread led to schools closing, youth activities being cancelled and kids spending more time online,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

In a Dordulian Law Group blog from August, we reported that the U.S. now hosts more online child sexual abuse material than any other nation, with a 64% increase reported in 2021 alone. That statistic was confirmed through new research provided by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), a United Kingdom-based organization working to identify, flag, and remove abusive content featuring children.

According to the IWF, the following online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) statistics have been confirmed:

  • The U.S. accounted for 30% of the global total of CSAM URLs at the end of March 2022.
  • That figure is up considerably from the 21% global share of CSAM URLs that the U.S. was confirmed to have hosted at the end of 2021.
  • 252,194 URLs containing or advertising CSAM in 2021 existed in the U.S.
  • That figure represents a staggering 64% increase from 2020.
  • 89% of the CSAM URLs were traced to image hosts, file-storing cyberlockers, and image stores.
  • 2021 was reportedly the worst year on record for child sexual abuse images online since the organization began tracking such content, with 252,194 URLs containing images or videos of children under the age of 18 being sexually abused identified (compared with 153,000 in 2020).
  • 70% of victims were between 11 and 13 years of age.
  • Where boys were included in the content, it tended to be of a “more severe category.”
  • The material was found to be predominantly self-generated and usually recorded at home using a phone or webcam.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the U.S. is one of the largest locations for reports of CSAM, with 716,474 made in 2021 (up from 494,388 in 2020).

How to File a California Child Sexual Abuse Claim

California childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits may be brought by survivors or family members of minors to help recover financial compensation for various types of losses. As a survivor of a childhood sex crime, you may be entitled to compensatory damages, such as counseling or therapy expenses, emotional distress, psychological harm, reduced quality of life, inability to earn a living, pain and suffering, punitive damages, and more.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a Glendale, California, sexual abuse firm dedicated to helping survivors secure justice. Our founder and president, Sam Dordulian, is a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for L.A. County who has helped secure life sentences against some of our community’s most dangerous predators. Dordulian has been fighting to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse get justice through maximum financial compensation for over 25 years. Together with his team of proven and dedicated sexual abuse attorneys, Dordulian is here to help protect your rights and recover maximum financial compensation for your claim.

Currently all survivors of childhood sexual abuse are eligible to file civil claims for financial damages under California AB 218. The deadline, however, expires on December 31 of this year, after which time most claims will be barred from any future legal recourse. Accordingly, it’s important to file your claim immediately to ensure you meet the deadline and your opportunity at justice is preserved.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG recently secured a $2 million settlement for a childhood sexual abuse survivor under AB 218, helping the victim justice that was long overdue for crimes that occurred decades ago.

The get the justice you deserve for your childhood sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of our team today at 818-322-4056. Our childhood sex crime attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record, and we will provide you with the dedication, professionalism, discretion, and excellence you deserve throughout every step of the litigation process.

Witnesses Sought by Glendale Police After Man Sexually Assaults 13-Year-Old Boy

13-Year-Old Boy Sexually Assaulted at Glendale Donut Shop; Police Seek Witnesses

Glendale Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two witnesses who intervened when a man sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy at a local donut shop.

13-Year-Old Boy Sexually Assaulted at Glendale Donut Shop; Police Seek Witnesses

On the morning of August 31, the boy and his family were reportedly placing an order at Yum Yum Donuts, located in the 600 block of W. Glenoaks Blvd. in Glendale. A male suspect, later identified as 36-year-old Farid Lalezarzadeh of Glendale, was also inside the location, according to a police department press release.

As the family was paying for their breakfast at the counter, police say Lalezarzadeh “walked behind the victim and pinched him on the buttocks.” CBS News reported that at about the time the assault took place, Lalezarzadeh used a hand sanitizer station located at the counter.

A male witness who saw the incident take place immediately stepped in to protect the child. The witness and his friend then confronted the suspect, who immediately left the location, Glendale Police officials confirmed.

“As he walks up, he’s gonna use hand sanitizer as a ruse to get close to the kid, cause the kid happens to be standing next to the sanitizer pump, with his left hand he appears to grope or pinch the child’s butt. Then you see the child react,” Glendale Police Department’s Victor Jackson told CBS News.

Authorities were contacted shortly after the sexual assault involving the teenage boy occurred, and Glendale Police Detectives eventually identified and located Lalezarzadeh.

“This type of thing can’t go without prosecution,” Jackson said to CBS. “The family deserves justice and I think everyone can understand why.”

The sexual assault suspect was arrested for Lewd and Lascivious Acts with a Child under 14 years old.

Police are currently searching for the two Good Samaritan patrons of Yum Yum Donuts who confronted Lalezarzadeh before he fled the scene.

“We are looking for the two males that stepped in to protect the child. Their witness statements are crucial to the successful prosecution of the suspect,” police said in a public statement.

Additionally, police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying any additional victims who may have been harmed by the suspect in a previous incident, noting that he may have committed similar acts in the past.

The owner of Yum Yum Donuts told CBS News that she recognized the suspect, as he had patronized her store on previous occasions. The shop owner indicated that she had never run into any problems prior to the August 31 incident involving the 13-year-old boy, however.

Glendale Police Department officials are urging anyone who was a witness to the Yum Yum Donuts crime – or similar crimes involving Farid Lalezarzadeh – to please contact them by calling 818-548-4911.

For anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers may be contacted at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). You can also use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org.

How Common is Child Sexual Abuse?

The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that the prevalence of child sexual abuse is actually difficult to determine due to a lack of reporting. Experts, however, tend to agree that the incidence rate is actually far greater than what is reported to authorities.

In terms of child sexual abuse statistics, studies by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, indicate that:

  • One in five girls and one in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse.
  • Self-report studies show that 20% of adult females and 5-10% of adult males recall a childhood sexual assault or sexual abuse incident.
  • During a one-year period in the U.S., 16% of youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
  • Over the course of their lifetime, 28% of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
  • Children are most vulnerable to CSA between the ages of 7 and 13.

A 2003 National Institute of Justice report found that three out of four adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.

California’s Child Sexual Abuse Law: AB 218

Signed into law by Governor Newsom in 2019, California Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218) officially took effect on January 1, 2020. The bill offers survivors of childhood sexual abuse an opportunity to secure justice for a past crime – regardless of how long ago it occurred.

AB 218’s three-year lookback window clause effectively pauses the statute of limitations on all childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuits until December 31, 2022. Accordingly, any survivor of child sex abuse may now file a claim to recover financial compensation through the end of the year. The lookback window applies even to crimes that occurred several decades ago, allowing survivors an unprecedented opportunity to obtain the justice they deserve.

However, the deadline for filing claims under AB 218 is December 31, 2022. This means that once the deadline passes, survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse and unable to recover financial damages. This is particularly true for crimes that occurred outside of the traditional 10-year statute of limitations.

Dordulian Law Group strongly encourages all survivors of childhood sexual abuse to seek the justice they deserve and file claims as soon as possible. By filing an AB 218 civil lawsuit against your perpetrator, you may be eligible to recover damages for things like:

  • Emotional harm
  • Psychological trauma
  • Lost wages
  • Diminished capacity to earn a living
  • Hospital or medical care costs (past and future)
  • Counseling or therapy costs (past and future)
  • Punitive damages
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) child sexual abuse attorneys are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about your rights under the law and to help you file a timely claim in pursuit of maximum financial compensation.

Contact a California Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

DLG is a top-rated and trusted child sexual abuse firm based in Glendale, California. We represent survivors throughout the Golden State and across the nation, providing a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

DLG clients have 24/7 access to the full SAJE Team support network:

  • Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor, leads a team of proven sexual abuse lawyers.
  • Two licensed and nationally accredited in-house victim advocates who are dedicated to helping survivors.
  • A licensed in-house clinical therapist with over 15 years of experience who is available for mental health needs.
  • A retired LAPD sex crimes detective with over 30 years of experience investigates every sexual abuse case.

DLG’s child sexual abuse lawyers recently secured a $2 million settlement under AB 218 for a client who was harmed as a child. It’s one of many examples of how survivors of childhood sexual abuse have obtained justice on their own terms under California AB 218.

Some additional DLG sex crime victories obtained recently include:

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your childhood sexual abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056. Our sex crime attorneys have helped survivors recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record.

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

And with DLG, you pay nothing until we’ve successfully secured a maximum financial damages award for your claim. There is never any upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses to worry about. If we don’t win, you don’t pay – it’s just that simple.

Contact us today to set up a free and confidential consultation with a member of DLG’s SAJE Team.

How are Punitive Damages Awarded in California Personal Injury Cases?

Can I Recover Punitive Damages in a California Personal Injury Case?

In personal injury law cases, settlements awarded to victims include damages that typically fall under one of two categories – compensatory and punitive. A personal injury lawsuit is meant to help the victim recover any losses endured through the accident – whether involving a dog bite, car crash, slip and fall, or other type of claim.

Can I Recover Punitive Damages in a California Personal Injury Case?

When your attorney issues a demand letter to the at-fault party who is liable for harming you, the overall dollar amount requested will likely be broken down according to specific damages – such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma, hospital or medical care costs, loss of earning capacity, etc. Those are the types of damages that fall under the ‘compensatory’ category, and they are intended to provide justice to the injured victim after an accident.

Punitive damages, however, are in a separate class. Moreover, these damages are actually designed to prevent others from being harmed by the same (or similar) actions which caused your accident. When awarded, punitive damages can lead to substantial settlement amounts. That said, punitive damages can be quite difficult to prove – especially without the skill and experience of a top-rated personal injury lawyer.

Let’s review the difference between punitive and compensatory damages, discuss how you may be able to recover punitive damages for your car accident or personal injury case, and offer information on how to file your claim for maximum compensation with Dordulian Law Group.

What are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are in a separate class and are awarded when clear and convincing evidence demonstrates that the person or entity who is responsible for causing your injuries acted with either malice, oppression, or fraud.

Punitive damages, although rare, are most commonly awarded in cases where intentional harm or extreme recklessness was evident. As punitive damages often equate to significant sums of money, they are imposed in an effort to punish the defendant or wrongdoer, but also to deter such dangerous behavior from ever occurring again in the future.

While compensatory damages are based on the plaintiff’s losses – such as medical bills, lost wages, diminished ability to earn a future wage, etc. – punitive damages are actually based on the wanton disregard for others or the deplorable conduct shown by the defendant through his or her actions.

When punitive damages are granted, they are awarded in addition to any compensatory damages that may have been part of a jury verdict.

When Can I Be Awarded Punitive Damages as a Personal Injury Victim?

Under California Civil Code 3294, a jury in a courtroom trial is able to award punitive damages for personal injury cases. For punitive damages to be recovered, it must be proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant was guilty of oppression, fraud, or malice. In addition to the actual ‘compensatory’ damages, the plaintiff may “recover damages for the sake of example and by way of punishing the defendant.”

Under California Civil Code 3294, the following definitions apply:

  1. Malice” means conduct which is intended by the defendant to cause injury to the plaintiff or despicable conduct which is carried on by the defendant with a willful and conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.
  2. Oppression” means despicable conduct that subjects a person to cruel and unjust hardship in conscious disregard of that person’s rights.
  3. Fraud” means an intentional misrepresentation, deceit, or concealment of a material fact known to the defendant with the intention on the part of the defendant of thereby depriving a person of property or legal rights or otherwise causing injury.

What is ‘Clear and Convincing Evidence’ for Punitive Damages?

In California, your personal injury attorney needs to be able to prove compensatory damages based on “a preponderance of evidence.” In other words, your lawyer must demonstrate through the evidence presented that it is “more likely than not” that the elements of your claim are true.

So, for example, if you are claiming $1 million in pain and suffering for a serious car accident that left you with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the impact that injury will have on your overall quality of life will need to be shown in relation to a dollar amount. Or, when claiming $500,000 in medical bills, the expenses incurred as a result of the accident will need to be demonstrated through hard evidence, such as medical records, billing statements, etc.

With punitive damages, however, your attorney must prove through “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant’s actions constitute malice, oppression, or fraud. Although California does not explicitly define the term “clear and convincing evidence,” it is understood to represent a higher burden of proof when compared with a “preponderance of the evidence.”

In other words, to successfully secure punitive damages on your behalf, your attorney will need to prove that malice, fraud, and/or oppression occurred with a “high degree of probability.”

Can I Ask for a Specific Amount When Pursuing Punitive Damages?

Either the plaintiff or the plaintiff’s attorney must specifically request an award of punitive damages. However, specifying an exact amount for punitive (also referred to as exemplary) damages is not part of the process. Once a request for punitive damages has been made, the jury will then determine if they should be awarded (and what that total amount should be).

That said, it is not uncommon for punitive and compensatory damages to be determined in the same trial proceeding.

How are California Punitive Damages Calculated?

No set standard or formula is applied when determining the amount of punitive damages to be awarded in a California personal injury case – including for car accidents, premises liability incidents, slip and falls, and more.

When a jury determines how much to award in punitive damages, the following considerations are often part of the decision making process:

  • The degree or extent of the wrongdoers wicked actions or reprehensible conduct
  • Whether a correlation exists between the amount of punitive damages potentially awarded and the overall harm endured by the plaintiff (the long-term impact on the victim)
  • Whether the amount of punitive damages awarded will serve as a deterrent for the wrongdoer – discouraging him or her from engaging in future misconduct

What is the Maximum Cap on California Punitive Damages?

While some states set a limit or cap on the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in personal injury cases, California does not. Accordingly, there is no limit on the amount of punitive damages a jury may award to an injured victim in the Golden State.

However, it should be noted that the Due Process Clause established in the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the imposition of “grossly excessive or arbitrary punishments” such as those handed down by juries through punitive damages awards.

In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that punitive damages ought to bear a “reasonable relationship” to any compensatory damages awarded to a plaintiff. In other words, if a plaintiff receives $2 million for car accident compensatory damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, the jury would be derelict in its duty if they awarded $50 million for punitive damages.

File Your Personal Injury Claim for Financial Compensation Today

If you were injured by someone else’s negligence (or were at least not 100% liable for the incident) within the past two years, you may be eligible to bring a civil lawsuit and recover a cash settlement for your losses.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a top-rated, premier California personal injury firm representing clients from Los Angeles to San Diego to San Francisco. We pursue punitive damages on behalf of clients in all relevant cases, and will fight to ensure that you recover the maximum financial compensation you need to make a complete recovery that includes your physical, emotional, and financial well-being.

With DLG, your personal injury accident consultation is always free, confidential, and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure that your rights are protected. Additionally, we’ll always aggressively pursue the maximum allowable financial damages award for your claim.

Ready to file a claim and pursue justice through a financial damages award? Our expert attorneys are available online or by phone now.

Contact a member of Dordulian Law Group’s Personal Injury or Car Accident Division today at 818-322-4056 for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation. When you choose the experienced attorneys at DLG, there is never any upfront fee or out-of-pocket expense. We don’t charge anything until after we’ve successfully secured a maximum financial damages award on your behalf.

Reach out to one of our dedicated Los Angeles, California, personal injury attorneys today to discuss your case. Whether you were injured in an Uber/Lyft accident, hurt in a car crash, suffered an injury in a pedestrian accident, or were attacked by a dog, we’ll review the facts of your case, offer you a detailed explanation of all available legal options, provide you with an estimate for how long your claim may take to settle, and include an estimate for how much you can expect to receive from your settlement.

For a California personal injury claim, the best call you can make is to the experienced team of trusted attorneys at DLG.

California AB 2777 Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act to Open 3-Year Window for Previously Barred Claims

California Set to Pass AB 2777 Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act, Opening Window for New Lawsuits

California representatives have taken legislative action which could help countless survivors of sexual assault and abuse secure justice. With the passage of Assembly Bill 2777 last month by the California State Senate, adult survivors of sexual assault are now one step closer to having an opportunity to file civil claims for damages related to crimes that were otherwise barred by an expired statute of limitations.

California Set to Pass AB 2777 Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act, Opening Window for New Lawsuits

Known as the Sexual Abuse And Cover-Up Accountability Act, California Assembly Bill 2777 (AB 2777) has been presented to Governor Gavin Newsom and is expected to be signed into law in the coming days.

If enacted, California AB 2777 would take effect on January 1, 2023, and provide a three-year window for survivors of sexual assault to file claims for financial compensation as a result of crimes which occurred on or after January 1, 2009. In other words, sexual assault and abuse claims which would otherwise be barred by the statute of limitations would officially be eligible to be brought in civil court through December 31, 2026.

How Would AB 2777 Impact Survivors of Sexual Assault and Abuse?

The California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) 340.16 allows a survivor to file a lawsuit seeking to recover financial damages up to 10 years from the date of the last act or attempted act, or within three years from the date the survivor discovers (or reasonably should have discovered) that an injury illness resulted from that act (whichever is later).

Under AB 2777, claims would automatically be revived for acts of sexual assault that occurred on or after January 1, 2009, provided that those claims were barred solely because of the expiration of the statute of limitations.

The text from the legislation reads as follows:

“This bill would, until December 31, 2026, revive claims seeking to recover damages suffered as a result of a sexual assault that occurred on or after January 1, 2009, that would otherwise be barred solely because the statute of limitations has or had expired. The bill would additionally revive claims seeking to recover damages suffered as a result of a sexual assault that occurred on or after the plaintiff’s 18th birthday when one or more entities are legally responsible for damages and the entity or their agents engaged in a cover up, as defined, and any related claims, that would otherwise be barred prior to January 1, 2023, solely because the applicable statute of limitations has or had expired, and would authorize a cause of action to proceed if already pending in court on the effective date of the bill or, if not filed by the effective date of the bill, to be commenced between January 1, 2023, and December 31, 2023. The bill would not revive claims that have been litigated to finality before January 1, 2023, and claims that have been compromised by written settlement agreements entered into before January 1, 2023. The bill would specify the required allegations to state a claim subject to revival under these provisions.”

This means that, beginning January 1, 2023 (expected date), sexual assault survivors will be able to bring claims as plaintiffs in civil court seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2026 (or three years from the bill’s effective date) for crimes occurring on or after January 1, 2009 (provided those claims were never previously litigated or resolved).

In other words, under AB 2777, California survivors will have an unprecedented window of opportunity to secure justice on their own terms for crimes such as rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and all other forms of sexual violence.

AB 2777 was authored by Buffy Wicks, Assemblymember from California’s 15th District. It is currently awaiting the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom.

AB 2777 Opens One-Year Window for Cover-Up Claims Against Employers

In addition to the above referenced provisions within AB 2777, the new legislation would create a one-year revival window allowing a plaintiff to bring a claim for crimes involving cover-ups that would otherwise be barred because the statute of limitations expired.

For such a claim to qualify under AB 2777’s one-year lookback window provision, the plaintiff would have to allege the following:

  • She or he was sexually assaulted.
  • One or more entities are legally responsible for damages stemming from that sexual assault (which can be demonstrated through, inter alia, negligence, intentional torts, and vicarious liability).
  • Said entities – which may include employees, officers, directors, representatives, or agents – engaged in a cover-up or attempted cover-up of a previous instance or allegation of sexual assault by an alleged perpetrator of such abuse.

Again, a sexual assault survivor plaintiff would have until December 31, 2023, to bring such a claim under California’s AB 2777 legislation.

A cover-up is defined under AB 2777 as:

“A concerted effort to hide evidence relating to a sexual assault that incentivizes individuals to remain silent or prevents information relating to a sexual assault from becoming public or being disclosed to the plaintiff, including, but not limited to, the use of nondisclosure agreements or confidentiality agreements.”

Furthermore, it’s important for survivors to be aware that AB 2777 explicitly revives related claims for wrongful termination and sexual harassment based on incidents of sexual assault (provided that those claims have not been previously litigated in court or resolved through a financial settlement).

Will AB 2777 Lead to an Increase in Sexual Assault Claims?

The Dordulian Law Group team of sexual assault attorneys expects Governor Gavin Newsom to sign Assembly Bill 2777 into law. Accordingly, we anticipate a substantial increase in the number of sexual assault claims being filed between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2026 for a variety of crimes, including sexual harassment, sexual abuse, and related wrongful termination incidents.

AB 2777 is legislation similar to the landmark AB 218 childhood sexual abuse law that was passed in 2019 and took effect in January 0f 2020. Under AB 218, all survivors of childhood sexual abuse are currently eligible to file claims seeking financial compensation through the end of 2022, regardless of how long ago the crimes committed against them occurred.

At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), we have seen a significant increase in the number of childhood sexual abuse claims filed under AB 218. AB 2777 represents a similar opportunity for survivors – specifically those who were adults when the crimes against them occurred – to secure justice through civil lawsuits in pursuit of financial damages.

DLG’s founder and president, Sam Dordulian, hailed the passage of AB 2777 as “important and necessary” legislation that could positively impact countless survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

“We’ve seen the importance of revival windows in securing justice for childhood survivors with the passage of AB 218. AB 2777 is an equally important step in helping adult survivors of sexual violence obtain the justice they deserve without being deterred by the statute of limitations. I truly hope Governor Newsom signs this bill into law – the positive impact it will have on survivors simply can’t be overstated,” Dordulian said.

Can I File My Sexual Assault Claim Now in Anticipation of AB 2777?

DLG’s sexual assault lawyers are standing by to discuss your case and begin the process of filing your claim under AB 2777 immediately. We fully expect Governor Gavin Newsom to sign the bill into law, and encourage survivors to file their claims as soon as possible to ensure swift justice.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to pursue a financial damages award in civil court, experienced attorneys within DLG’s Sex Crimes Division are ready to fight aggressively on your behalf to obtain the justice you deserve – even if your crime occurred long ago.

Contact a DLG California AB 2777 Sexual Assault Lawyer Today

DLG offers survivors of sexual assault a unique form of representation and support which aims to address multiple needs throughout the litigation process. Our SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of survivors, providing an all-encompassing type of legal representation that can’t be found at other firms.

Our four-tiered SAJE Team approach includes:

  • Representation by Sam Dordulian, a former sex crimes prosecutor, and his team of proven sexual assault lawyers
  • Access to two licensed and nationally accredited in-house victim advocates
  • Access to a licensed in-house clinical therapist with over 15 years of experience
  • A retired LAPD sex crimes detective with over 30 years of experience investigating your case

As a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian has been fighting on behalf of sexual assault survivors for more than 25 years. Moreover, together with Dordulian, DLG’s California sexual assault attorneys have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards for claims against both individual perpetrators and major entities.

Some of our recent sexual assault and abuse victories demonstrate the type of dedication to professionalism and excellence we apply to each and every case:

When you choose DLG to handle your AB 2777 sexual abuse claim, you won’t have to worry about upfront costs or out-of-pocket expenses. We never collect any fee for our expert legal services until after we successfully secure maximum financial compensation for you.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

DLG’s proven, trusted, and dedicated Los Angeles sexual assault and abuse attorneys have secured more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts for survivors while maintaining a near-perfect 98% win record.

If you’re a survivor of sexual violence, we’re here to fight for justice on your behalf. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation at 818-322-4056. We’re available 24/7 to answer any questions you have about filing a claim under California AB 2777.

9 Important Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors During National Suicide Prevention Month 2022

Resources for Sexual Violence Survivors During National Suicide Prevention Week 2022

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and this week marks National Suicide Prevention Week 2022. While suicide can impact anyone, it’s a particularly relevant issue for survivors of sexual violence.

Resources for Sexual Violence Survivors During National Suicide Prevention Week 2022

Below we will provide some important information for Suicide Prevention Week, including statistics for sexual assault survivors, resources for anyone in need, and details on how to pursue justice in civil court against a perpetrator.

How Common is Sexual Violence in the United States?

A June 2022 report from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights just how common sexual violence is in the U.S.

The report included data compiled through the annual National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The following sexual violence statistics were confirmed:

  • One in four women reported attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
  • That figure translates to more than 29 million women in the United States.
  • The one in four figure is an increase from prior 2015 NISVS data (in which one in five women reported rape or attempted rape).
  • Half of women surveyed reported an unwanted sexual experience other than rape, such as being groped, grabbed, or fondled.
  • Nearly one-third of women reported being sexually harassed in public places.
  • Sexual violence is most frequently perpetrated by people known to victims (their intimate partners, acquaintances, family, and people in positions of power in their lives).
  • Men were also victims of sexual violence, with a quarter of those surveyed reporting unwanted sexual experiences.
  • 4% of men surveyed reported attempted or completed rape.
  • Among a majority of women and men who are sexually victimized in the United States, rape is common early in their lives.
  • In terms of rape as the specific crime, intimate partners and acquaintances were the most common perpetrators for both women and men.
  • Among women, the report confirmed that 80% indicated that their first rape victimization was before the age of 25.
  • About half of women reported a rape occurring before age 18.
  • These findings sadly support the notion that forced sex is common in girls’ first sexual encounters in the United States.

Such sexual encounters can have serious health consequences that stretch into adulthood, according to a report from Psychology Today.

What are the Short and Long-Term Consequences of Sexual Violence?

The Psychology Today article further noted that the 2022 NISVS survey demonstrates that the “occurrence of sexual violence remains a persistent and serious problem” which can include myriad consequences.

Furthermore, Anne P. DePrince Ph.D. writes that decades of research demonstrates that sexual assault is linked with harms that are both immediate and long-term. Examples of such consequences include:

Immediate:

  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Long-term:

  • Career struggles
  • Academic struggles
  • Psychological and physical health issues
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Criminal legal system involvement

“In light of evidence that sexual violence is common and linked with far-ranging harms, preventing intimate violence from happening in the first place is of paramount importance. Fortunately, there is promising evidence that adolescent-focused programs can change attitudes, knowledge, and behavior related to dating violence. College bystander interventions can also make a difference in preparing young people to intervene to stop sexual violence,” Dr. DePrince wrote.

How Common is Suicide Among Sexual Violence Survivors?

Rates of death by suicide as well as attempted suicide are significantly higher among sexual assault survivors.

A 2007 study referenced by the American Psychological Association (APA) examined the extent to which sexual assault predicted suicide attempts among adolescent students in the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System survey.

“Gender differences in suicidal behavior overall and among sexual assault victims were examined. The results supported that students with sexual assault histories were significantly more likely (odds ratio [OR] = 6.4) to have reported at least one suicide attempt in the past year than students who did not report sexual assault histories,” the study confirmed.

Additionally, the Youth Suicide Prevention Program (YSPP) – a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advocate for youth through mental health promotion, community solutions, and suicide prevention – notes that people who have been victimized by sexual violence often experience behavioral and emotional issues which put them at risk for suicide.

According to the YSPP:

  • Rape survivors are three-times more likely to suffer a major depressive episode due to the trauma of sexual assault.
  • Among female participants in a national study, 33% of rape survivors said they had attempted suicide.
  • Those who had been raped were 4.1 times more likely than non-crime victims to have contemplated suicide.
  • Those who had been raped were 13 times more likely than non-crime victims to have attempted suicide (13% versus 1%).
  • Sexual assault survivors report more suicide attempts (often multiple) and are more likely to be medically treated for an injury related to a suicide attempt.
  • Underage males who are abused by a same-sex partner are five-times more likely to attempt suicide than males who were not victims of sexual violence.
  • Teenage females who have experienced dating violence within the past 12 months have a higher number of suicide attempts than females who have not been victimized by such violence.
  • Individuals who attempt suicide typically show higher levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a traumatic event such as sexual violence.

Additionally, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape offers the following statistics on the increased suicide risk among sexual assault survivors:

  • Survivors with a history of childhood sexual abuse are often associated with an increased risk of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt.
  • Risk factors for suicide include a history of trauma or abuse, mental health or substance use disorders, lack of health care or treatment for these disorders, significant losses, impulsive or aggressive tendencies, major physical illness, previous suicide attempt or family history of suicide, easy access to lethal means, and lack of social support or sense of isolation.

What are the Warning Signs of Suicide?

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) offers the following warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling hopeless
  • No reason to live or being a burden to others
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Behavior or mood changes such as acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly, sleeping too little or too much, withdrawing, or isolating themselves

However, as the PCAR also indicates, warning signs of suicide may include any number of possibilities not listed above, often unique to an individual survivor. Accordingly, supporting survivors of sexual violence continuously and unconditionally is strongly encouraged.

What are Some Suicide Prevention Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors?

During National Suicide Prevention Month, Dordulian Law Group has compiled some important resources for survivors of sexual assault and violence.

The 988 hotline: Established in July, the new 988 hotline is available to anyone for 911-type mental health emergencies. Designed to be as easy to remember as 9-1-1, the 988 number connects callers with trained mental health counselors (rather than a dispatcher sending police, firefighters, or paramedics).

The Crisis Text Line: To connect with a crisis counselor immediately, survivors of sexual assault may simply text “HOME” to 741741. The service is available 24/7 from anywhere in the United States. Crisis Text Line is available for any type of crisis. Moreover, a live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer crisis counselor will help you “move from a hot moment to a cool moment,” according to the platform’s website.

The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline: Offered through Dordulian Law Group’s anti-sexual violence non-profit partner, RAINN, the sexual assault hotline provides 24/7 crisis support that is 100% confidential. Whether a survivor is seeking support, information, advice, or a referral, the hotline has trained specialists available 24/7.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Hotline: SAMHSA offers a national helpline providing 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. The hotline is available for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance abuse disorders.

The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: Established with the understanding that “love is respect,” the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can be an excellent resource for survivors of sexual violence. Survivors in need may call 866-331-9474 or text “LOVEIS” to 22522.

The Trevor Project: An American non-profit organization, the Trevor Project focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Through the organization’s toll-free telephone number – The Trevor Lifeline – survivors or anyone in need may access their fully confidential service offering trained counselors. You may also text “START” to 678678 to reach a Trevor Project counselor.

Find a counselor or therapist via the American Psychological Association: Survivors of sexual violence may wish to visit the APA’s psychologist locator website to find a local and qualified clinician. Anyone may search for a psychologist in his or her area by entering some basic information.

HeadsUpGuys: A service targeting men, HeadsUpGuys offers an informative and resourceful website complete with recommendations for how to manage and prevent depression through proven health strategies. Users may also search for a local therapist and get connected with individuals in their communities.

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC): The NSVRC is a national information center offering a wide range of resources for sexual violence survivors, including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention initiatives, and program information. Through the NSVRC’s website, sexual assault survivors can search and find a directory of organizations and locations nearby offering various resources and support.

Filing a Sexual Assault Lawsuit and Securing Justice

Survivors of sexual violence can often face incomprehensible struggles after an incident occurs. While the experience of sexual assault is unique to the survivor, many individuals decide – often over time – to pursue a civil action for damages against a perpetrator.

A civil lawsuit can be a means of recovering financial compensation on behalf of the sexual violence survivor for losses suffered, such as emotional trauma, psychological harm, lost wages, reduced quality of life, diminished future earning capacity, and more.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) represents survivors of sexual assault in California as well as nationwide. Our founder, Sam Dordulian, is a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County who has been fighting for justice on behalf of sexual assault survivors for more than 25 years. With a 98% success record and over 100 jury trial victories, Dordulian and his team of California sexual assault attorneys give survivors peace of mind and confidence throughout every step of the legal process.

Through his experience, Dordulian has seen the unfortunate consequences of sexual violence, and knows all-too-well how important it is to highlight suicide prevention.

“One of the most difficult aspects of this job is witnessing first-hand how devastating sexual violence can be, particularly in terms of mental health struggles and an increased rate of suicide among survivors. It’s one of the many reasons why I chose to dedicate my practice to sex crimes, and when we help a survivor secure justice for sexual assault, it’s incredibly rewarding to see the empowering effect it has,” Dordulian said.

Dordulian created DLG’s Sex Crimes Division as a four-tiered support network available to survivors 24/7. DLG’s SAJE Team (Sexual Assault Justice Experts) features additional resources beyond expert legal representation:

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  1. A licensed, in-house clinical therapist with more than 15 years of experience
  2. Two licensed and accredited victim advocates who have dedicated their careers to helping survivors
  3. An in-house Chief Investigator and retired LAPD sex crimes detective
  4. A former sex crimes prosecutor as lead litigator working hand-in-hand with a team of proven, trusted, and experienced sexual assault lawyers

To arrange for a free and completely confidential consultation with a member of the DLG SAJE Team, contact us today at 818-322-4056. We’ve helped clients recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts, and we will fight aggressively to help you secure the justice you deserve after a sexual violence incident.

‘We Changed the World’ Survivor-Led Movement Secures United Nations’ Resolution

United Nations Passes 'Historic' Resolution Recognizing Survivors of Sexual Violence

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to adopt a standalone resolution aimed at combatting sexual violence and providing justice for survivors of such abuse throughout the world, according to a report from EuroNews.com.

The resolution, co-sponsored by 84 countries and led by Sierra Leone, was passed Friday. The text within the measure adopted by the General Assembly urges all nations to:

  • Recognize rape in peacetime (within the framework of national and international law)
  • Take effective measures in providing victims and survivors access to justice
  • Provide survivors access to reparations and assistance
  • Condemn all forms of sexual and gender-based violence

The ‘International cooperation for access to justice, remedies and assistance for survivors of sexual violence’ resolution was adopted by consensus without any modifications. The adoption of the resolution, however, came following votes being held on four amendments attempting to “water down” its language, according to a report from Women’s Agenda.

The most contentious issues to be debated were “reproductive rights, reparations, recognizing international discrimination, and recounting domestic violence,” according to Women’s Agenda.

Ultimately, all four of the amendments were defeated by a more than 2-1 margin, allowing the “historic” measures to be adopted by the United Nations (U.N.).

The resolution’s adoption was welcomed by applause and cries of joy from individuals in the audience. One of those individuals was Amanda Nguyen, founder and CEO of Rise, a non-profit organization fighting on behalf of sexual violence survivors worldwide to increase visibility and provide access to justice. Nguyen spearheaded a survivor-led movement to achieve the first of its kind worldwide bill of rights aimed at curbing sexual violence.

“What we’re asking people is not only to understand that the stigma of rape is something that should be abolished but also to look themselves in the mirror and ask: what have you done about it?” Nguyen said, according to EuroNews.

As a rape survivor, Nguyen worked for over six years to ensure the resolution was adopted by the U.N.’s General Assembly.

WE CHANGED THE WORLD!!! UNANIMOUS UN #SurvivorsResolution adoption!!!! Thank you UN for affirming to all sexual assault survivors around the world that you see us, our rapes matter, we will not be left behind,” she tweeted on September 3 after the resolution was passed.

Nguyen also described the long-fought mission to achieve the resolution’s adoption via Instagram:

“Over the past 6 years, we were told over and over again that rape survivors in peacetime has no place on the world state. That a UN resolution was not possible. That our rights, rapes and stories should be swept under the rug,” she wrote.

“Silence is how rights die. That was the purpose of this resolution. To make each country step up and reckon with the issue. Demand that the world’s most powerful must speak about our rapes instead of sweeping it under the rug. Demand that governments must give access to justice for survivors.”

“After decades of victim blaming, institutional denial, silencing taboo, turning away at honour killing of rape survivors, each government was forced to have an on-the-record point of view about this resolution. In the end 84 countries around the world cosponsored this landmark UN resolution. That’s nearly half the world. Many piled on last minute when they knew it was the right thing to do. In the end it was adopted unanimously by the world,” Nguyen added.

To highlight “victim-blaming,” Rise partnered with the U.N.’s Spotlight Initiative to stage an exhibition at the organization’s headquarters in New York City entitled ‘What Were You Wearing?’ The exhibition emphasizes “that a victim’s clothing should have no bearing in rape investigations,” according to EuroNews.

I wanted to be an astronaut, I didn’t want to be an activist, but here I am,” Nguyen said to EuroNews. “And the clothes I wore when I was raped are on display here.”

Pants, shorts, dresses, and even a little girl’s swimsuit adorned 103 mannequins displayed in the hall of the U.N. headquarters from mid-July until last week, EuroNews confirmed.

Ambassador Jakub Kulhanek of the Czech Republic represented the European Union at the initiative. Kulhanek “hailed the determination” of survivor organizations working to help bring about the resolution, EuroNews reported.

Beyond trauma, survivors too often face unacceptable barriers to accessing assistance, justice and reparation,” the ambassador added.
rapes and stories should be swept under the rug
The U.S. delegate reportedly echoed the sentiment of Kulhanek.

“We know that we must do more to eliminate sexual violence in the world, [but] this landmark resolution brings us closer to this objective,” American representative Jeffrey DeLaurentis told EuroNews.

What is Rise (RiseNow.us)?

Founded by Nguyen, Rise is an organization fighting for the rights of sexual violence survivors around the world. “We believe that justice should not depend on geography,” the Rise website states.

Rise has a track record of implementing the most successful legislative reform movement in U.S. history. Some of the organization’s achievements include:

  • 40+ laws passed
  • 93,000,000+ people positively impacted by those laws
  • 200+ organizers trained in communities around the world

Advocates seeking to pass laws, such as the Adult Survivor’s Act in New York, may contact Rise directly for assistance with drafting legislation, framing bills, and learning how to implement successful campaigns on behalf of sexual violence survivors.

Worldwide Sexual Violence Information

The United Nations describes sexual violence as a “universal issue that demands greater international recognition.”

Citing statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. confirms:

  • 35% of women globally (more than one-third of the world’s population) have survived sexual violence.
  • That percentage is equivalent to the combined populations of North America and Europe.
  • Rape is a worldwide epidemic.

Accordingly, the U.N.’s partnership with Rise represents an effort to highlight victim-blaming, particularly in terms of the clothing survivors were wearing at the time an assault occurred.

“A blue dress, black tights and boots. That’s what I was wearing,” Jessica Long, a sexual violence survivor who has been campaigning for the rights of survivors for the past six years with Rise, told the U.N. “That’s what I was wearing the night I was drugged. I was raped. And I was left alone to die.”

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During the co-launch with Rise, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed noted that “by asking the question What Were You Wearing?, this exhibition flips the narrative on victim-shaming and blaming.”

“They mirror the diversity of people who experience violence from every region of the world, including a two-year-old child… [and] demonstrate more clearly than any legal argument could, that women and girls are attacked regardless of what they are wearing,” she added.

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a full-service California-based firm representing survivors of sexual violence in civil claims nationwide. Founded by former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian, DLG’s experienced team of sexual assault and abuse attorneys have been fighting to secure justice on behalf of survivors for more than 25 years.