#metoo, but what now?
Coming forward with your experience of sexual abuse, harassment or assault is brave and it can also be a very difficult decision to make. This might even be the first time you’ve considered talking about what happened and wondering what your legal rights are.
It is our role to help make this choice as easy, safe and comfortable for you as possible. If you’re thinking about reaching out for advice, there are a few things you may want to consider beforehand:
Your Experience, Your Words.
You’ll want to have a brief outline of your experiences, either in mind or maybe written or typed out, and prepared to share with a lawyer. The aim here is to start getting you comfortable with telling your story, especially if this is the one of the first times you’re talking about what you’ve been through. Having this outline will also help both you and your potential legal team better understand your case and plan for the future. You don’t need to include explicit details and there is no obligation for you to share anything you do not want to, but, at minimum, you will need to provide your full name and the name of the person(s) who hurt you, so that both parties involved are clearly identified.
The Right Advocate for You.
Part of this initial contact will involve a conflict check. This simply means the law firm searches for any possible conflicts within their client roster, based on the names you've provided. Though a very rare occurrence, if a conflict is discovered, you will be referred to other trusted legal teams who can represent you, to ensure you're fully supported if you choose to move forward.
Most importantly, is there something you hope to gain through this process? You definitely don’t need to have this set in stone, but an idea of what sort of outcome you’d like or why you want to speak with a lawyer can be helpful.
"It is our role to help make this choice as easy, safe and comfortable for you as possible."
Cases of sexual assault, abuse and harassment can bring up memories from years or decades past, and that pain, trauma and feelings long thought dealt with can resurface. Anything discussed about your experience is kept between you and the law firm, and it's up to you how much to share in this introduction.
Above all, you don’t have to move forward with a case or lawyer, even if you reach out to seek advice. Your comfort and peace of mind is the priority, and we will respect every choice you make.