Experienced Sexual Assault and Abuse Lawyers Fighting for Victims
Sexual assault and abuse often happens to people who cannot protect themselves such as children, the elderly and the disabled. Perpetrators see these vulnerable people as easy targets because they are either too young, too old, or too disabled to fight back or report the crime. Dollar Burns Becker & Hershewe are staunch advocates for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault or abuse, contact our firm by calling (816) 876-2600 or online by completing our contact form.
Our partners, Jill Kanatzar and Lauren Dollar, both were Assistant Prosecutors in Jackson County, Missouri prior to joining the firm. During their time as Assistant Prosecutors they came face to face with such perpetrators and used the criminal law to obtain justice. It was in this position they found their callings to be the voice of survivors.
Jill and Lauren carry this same passion and resolve in representing survivors in civil cases. They understand the devastating effects of sexual abuse and are devoted to fighting for justice. They work tirelessly to obtain justice for their clients and to ensure what has happened to their clients does not happen to others..
With Jill’s and Lauren’s experience with both the criminal and civil justice systems, they have the unique knowledge and skill to walk each survivor through the difficult interplay between the two systems. Jill and Lauren ensure that all avenues for justice and compensation are explored.
Voice for the Vulnerable
While representing the State of Missouri, Jill tried sexual assault and abuse cases including forcible rape, sodomy, statutory rape, and sexual assault. She has witnessed the strength survivors maintain and helped victims from an 89-year-old woman violently raped in her own home by an intruder to a 9-month-old child molested by a caregiver. Lauren prosecuted perpetrators who assaulted or abused the vulnerable, including helping an 11-year old tell her story of the abuse she witnessed her mother suffer and advocating for two young girls molested by an older male. Jill and Lauren endlessly fight to protect those who cannot always protect themselves.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a perpetrator in an institution such as a church, day care provider, school, group home or nursing home, we want to help. No one should take advantage of vulnerable members of our community. No matter the situation.
Helping Navigate What’s Next
Incidents of sexual abuse go unreported because of the misplaced shame, intimidation, and the feeling of hopelessness commonly experienced by survivors. The physical and emotional distress left by these heinous acts is something survivors will confront for life.
Allowing the criminal justice system to protect others from this same harm should take priority. However, in certain situations additional legal recourses and compensation may be available beyond criminal prosecution.
The criminal justice system often cannot fully compensate the survivor for the damage caused nor provide the resources needed to heal. Yet, whether the perpetrator is a caregiver, clergy, nursing home staff or other resident, student or school employee, the civil justice system can hold both the perpetrator, and any entity which employed or supervised the perpetrator, accountable.
Dollar, Burns, Becker & Hershewe has fought for and won millions of dollars in settlements for survivors of sexual abuse. In their work, Jill and Lauren not only fight for financial compensation for their clients, but they work to ensure steps are taken nationwide to avoid similar conduct by other individuals placed in a position of trust. If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault or abuse and would like to inquire about your legal rights, contact o Kansas City personal injury lawyer at our law firm by calling (818) 876-2600. We are here to advocate for you and to be your voice for change.