Santa Cruz child sexual abuse attorney
We are recognized nationally for success in child sexual abuse cases
For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Cartwright, Scruggs, Fulton and Walther in Santa Cruz, California have assisted hundreds of survivors of childhood sexual abuse in holding their perpetrators accountable. In the mid 1980s, when child molestation was still very much a cultural “secret,” we began representing adult survivors who were brave enough to come forward to tell their stories of incest, molestation and the horrific, traumatic consequences of child sexual abuse.
Ellen Bass, author “Courage to Heal”
Our history of success with child sexual abuse cases extends beyond just Santa Cruz County
WE WIN FOR OUR CLIENTS
A Bay Area School District was held responsible for the grooming of an 8th grade student and subsequent molestation outside of school by her teacher. Ultimately, the abuse was reported to authorities, the teacher is serving prison time, and the school district was held accountable for failing to protect its student. See more child sexual abuse success stories »
The attorneys at SS&F have successfully represented clients of all ages in cases involving incest, pedophilia, sexual predators, sexual assault and battery, and sexual abuse by both strangers and those most trusted by their victims, including priests, pastors, ministers, teachers, day care workers, and leaders of various youth organizations.
We have also assisted survivors in recovering damages from the entities who employ or allow these perpetrators to commit child sex abuse. These entities have included churches, schools, day care centers, and youth organizations.
Dana Scruggs, one of the attorneys here at SS&F, was part of a small group of California attorneys who worked to encourage the California Legislature to extend the statute of limitations so that adult survivors could sue their perpetrators and collect the damages they needed to obtain appropriate therapy and counseling.
Mr. Scruggs has also been nationally recognized and recommended as a legal resource by publications such as “The Courage to Heal–A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse” and “Shifting the Burden of Truth—Suing Child Sexual Abusers, a Legal Guide for Survivors and Their Supporters.”
Please read our advice on whether or not you should sue your perpetrator.
Join with SS&F in saying ‘No More!’
We have been privileged to assist hundreds of victims of child sexual abuse in Santa Cruz and beyond in a variety of ways, including referrals to appropriate health care providers, law enforcement agencies, other reporting agencies, and by investigating and gathering evidence so that survivors’ claims could be prosecuted against the perpetrators.
While awareness of the magnitude of the problem of childhood sexual abuse is still not universally accepted, we are extremely proud to have played a role in the process of raising consciousness about the issue, and extremely honored to have represented many brave girls, boys, women and men who were courageous and able enough to stand up to their perpetrators in a court of law and declare – No more!
Child sexual abuse web resources
- Survivors Healing Center
A non-profit organization providing education, information, referrals, high quality services and support to survivors of childhood sexual abuse and to their supporters. Located in Santa Cruz, California.
- Megan’s Law
California Department of Justice’s Internet web site, which lists designated registered sex offenders in California.
Library of safety and self defense articles
- California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board
Information on victim compensation, including eligibility requirements, covered crimes, and specifics on how to file a claim.
- Klaas Kids Foundation
Provides information on sex offenders including Internet access to maps showing the location of registered sex offenders in California.
- Office of the Attorney General, State of California, Department of Justice
Get information here on protecting yourself and your family from child molesters, as well as information on registered sex offenders.