Sexual Assault or Rape 2018-05-03T12:04:31+00:00

Sexual Assault or Rape

We are lawyers that represent victims of sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse and sexual harassment, regardless of your sexual identity.

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Have you been sexually assaulted at your job or at school?

You are NOT powerless. You just need someone to help you.

Genie Harrison understands the pain her sexual harassment and sexual abuse clients go through because she’s felt it herself. Read her story in Super Lawyers Magazine. She can help you to take back your power.

Super Lawyers Magazine sexual harassment story

CLICK HERE > to read Genie Harrison’s story about the personal experiences that made her a successful sexual harassment attorney.

Genie Harrison is Making a Difference as a Women’s Rights Advocate in Hollywood

#metoo panel featuring actress Mira Sorvino and sexual assault attorney Genie Harrison

Genie Harrison was honored to speak on the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s panel on sexual harassment in Hollywood, #MeToo and #Time’sUp: Sexual Harassment in the Entertainment Industry. Also on the panel were actress Mira Sorvino, employment lawyer Nathan Goldberg, SAG-AFTRA National Director, Adam Moore and moderator, attorney Dinah Perez.

CLICK HERE > for more information about this panel.

Mira Sorvino tweets about Genie Harrison's work for #metoo victims

Mira Sorvino tweeted about the event.

We Are Sexual Assault Attorneys Who Fight Aggressively for Victims of Sex Crimes

The attorneys at the Genie Harrison Law Firm are strongly committed to fighting for victims of sexual assault and other sexual crimes. Being subjected to abuse because of sex or gender makes victims feel helpless and cuts to the core of our self-worth, dignity and place in the community. Genie Harrison has experienced sexual assault herself, and she understands the pain and suffering that victims may experience.

What constitutes sexual assault or rape?

In a civil lawsuit, rape and sexual assault refer to nonconsensual sexual contact, including:

  • Forcible penetration or oral sex
  • Coerced sex through use of weapons or other threat of harm
  • Touching of private parts, under or over clothing
  • Taking advantage of someone incapacitated by alcohol or drugs
  • Use of date rape drugs
  • Attempted sexual assault

Here are some statistics of victims of sexual violence:
According to RAINN(Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and statistics taken by the U.S. Justice Dept., sexual violence affects millions of Americans. Specifically:

  • On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. (Dept. of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Crime Victimization Survey, 2010-2014.)
  • Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.
  • 54% of sexual assault victims are of ages 18-34.
  • 90% of adult rape victims are female.
  • Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are NOT enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.
  • 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
  • Transgender students are at a higher risk for sexual violence.

In most instances the victim knows the perpetrator, which creates a hostile and unbearable environment for the victim who suffers in the aftermath. Victims of rape are not only severely traumatized in the short term, but commonly suffer psychological and emotional effects for years after the trauma occurred.

Sexual abuse victims may experience painful emotions and long term symptoms after the attack, including:

  • Anxiety, fear, shock and disbelief
  • Inability to sleep and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression, withdrawal and despondency
  • Disability that affects the ability to work or perform at school
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interest in activities of daily life
  • More likely to use drugs
  • Attempt suicide

Sexual violence also affects victims’ relationships with their family, friends and co-workers.

Here are some additional statistics on child sexual abuse and sexual assault:

According to statistics taken by RAINN, about 15 percent of sexual abuse victims are under the age of 18. Most of these incidents take place where young adults and children are supposed to be protected by professionals in organizations such as churches, schools, sports activities and other community groups. When these organizations fail to safeguard our children or take advantage of persons who are unable to protect themselves, they need to be held liable.

Sexual harassment attorneys Genie Harrison and Amber Phillips

We Are Sexual Assault Attorneys Who Fight To Protect Victims of Sexual Assault or Harassment on Campus (Title IX Cases)

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil right that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Title IX of Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seqprovides: “No person in the United States shall be on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Under Title IX, sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature and can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples of sexual violence include attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as stalking.

Who must comply with Title IX?

Under Title IX, any school that receives Federal financial assistance must comply with Title IX. This includes elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, school districts, proprietary schools colleges and universities. Schools are required to promptly investigate any claims of sexual harassment or sexual assault and act accordingly to protect students on campus.

Do I have to be on campus to be protected by Title IX?

You do not have to be on school grounds to be protected by Title IX.

Does Title IX apply only to sexual harassment committed by teachers and educators?

Title IX also protects students who may be sexually harassed off school grounds, outside a school’s education program or activity, if the harasser was a fellow student.

It also applies to sexual harassment of a student that may be committed by a school employee or a non-employee third party such as a visiting speaker or athlete.

What are my remedies if I think my Title IX civil rights have been violated?

Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses. In fact, one in four women are sexually assaulted during their time in college. If you are the victim of sexual assault or rape, you may feel powerless, vulnerable and afraid to speak out. The lawyers at the Genie Harrison Law Firm can consult with you on all issues of sexual and inappropriate conduct which violate your civil rights.

The sexual assault lawyers at the Genie Harrison Law Firm provide aggressive representation in the following practice areas:

  • Sexual harassment at school or in the workplace
  • Sexual assault at school or in the workplace
  • Sexual abuse in youth organizations
  • Sexual abuse in religious organizations
  • Adult survivors of abuse
  • Rape

Genie Harrison is a survivor of sexual assault, and she understands the pain that victims of sexual crimes may feel.

Genie understands that a lawsuit can be a powerful catalyst for healing and achieving a sense of justice, but that it can also bring painful memories, fears and feelings to the surface. Genie Harrison is here to support you through the entire process, and to help you take back your power.

Call (213) 805-5301 to schedule a consultation with Genie Harrison if you are a victim of a sexual crime. Se habla Español.

In this video Genie Harrison shares advice for parents and young women who may encounter sexual harassment from college professors.

What should I do if I’m being sexually harassed or sexually assaulted?

If the sexual harassment is physical – if unwanted touching or rape is occurring – we strongly recommend that an immediate police report be made. Find your nearest police or sheriff’s station and make a report.

Here are some police departments in the Los Angeles area:


Los Angeles P.D.: www.lapdonline.org
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept.: www.lasd.org;
Glendale P.D.: www.glendaleca.gov
Culver City P.D.: www.culvercitypd.org
Santa Monica P.D.: www.santamonicapd.org
Beverly Hills P.D.: www.beverlyhills.org


If your police department is not listed above, CLICK HERE > for a full list of local municipal police departments, with links to their web pages and phone numbers.

If you have been the victim of unwanted touching or sexual assault at work, it is incredibly important that you obtain treatment from your personal physician and emotional support through individual and/or group therapy.

We understand how difficult it can be to reach out for help, to talk about what happened, and to experience the feelings that come with being a sexual assault survivor. The first step to healing is getting help.

Sexual assault resources that can help include the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline, also called RAINN Hotline: (800) 656-4673.
CLICK HERE > for more information.


What should I do if I think I am being sexually harassed?

First, tell the harasser to stop if you feel it is possible to do so. If not, that’s totally understandable. We have been in both situations – where we were able to confront the harasser and also when we were not able to confront the harasser – so we truly understand.

We offer a few words of support to those who are considering telling the harasser to stop — we know that it is scary and can be really hard to do this. But you have the right to tell the harasser that what he or she is doing is wrong.

If you can have someone who will support you there when you tell him or her to stop, that could be very helpful, both emotionally and in the future for corroboration that you told him or her to stop. If you are not able to have a witness present, send him or her an email confirming that you told him or her to stop, or at least send the email to yourself detailing what you said, when, where and what he or she said.

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

The Law office of Genie Harrison helped me during one of the hardest times of my life. From the consultation to the settled end. They were professional, compassionate to my feelings and fears.

There was never an unanswered call nor email throughout the process. They always made me feel like I was the only client and not just another client.

I personally will be forever grateful to the Law Office of Genie Harrison and you will too if you choose them to represent you.

— JACKIE (Harassment client)

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Why are we the best sexual assault lawyers for you?

At the Genie Harrison Law Firm, we are passionate, relentless victim’s rights and employment lawyers who have earned a solid reputation fighting for sexual assault victims. Through single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff and class action cases, our attorneys have obtained in excess of $85 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. We care about victim’ rights, and we make a difference. We hope we can help you too.

Finally, But Most Importantly, We Help Victims Recover
Sexual assault and victimization can be devastating to anyone who experiences this conduct. Please take good care of yourself and seek out therapy if at all possible. Feel free to contact us if you need help with finding professionals that can aid in your recovery.

Seeking help is not a sign of weakness — rather, it is a sign of courage.
Talking about these experiences helps us process what happened and begins the healing process.
Contact one of our sexual assault lawyers to help compassionately guide you through the process of obtaining help.

Take back your power. Contact us now at (213) 805-5301. Se habla español.
Our multilingual staff speaks Spanish, Armenian, Arabic, Farsi and French.

In this video, Genie Harrison, a survivor of sexual abuse herself, talks about her personal story, and how she became a successful sexual harassment lawyer.