The phone rings. “I was sexually abused.” Or, “My child was sexually abused.”
A hundred questions immediately flood into your attorney brain. Are the caller and story credible? How long ago did it happen? Are there witnesses? What records exist? Was the alleged perpetrator in a position of authority or trust? While these are important concerns, the more pressing issue is the emotional status of the person disclosing the information. This is a client who needs special handling. And you need special training in expertly talking with the client as well as how to collect and document information evidence from a sexual assault victim.
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