Sex Abuse Victims

Defending Victims in Montana for 100+ Years

At Hoyt & Blewett PLLC, we believe in sticking up for people who have been hurt by others. It is our mission to leave our clients better off than when they first called, to the tune of a fair settlement or verdict, safety from further harm, and justice for victims. If you are a victim of rape, molestation, or sexual abuse, reach out to our attorneys to discuss your legal options and let us fight for justice on your behalf.

The Great Falls Tribune recently published an in-depth front-page exposé detailing allegations of sexual assault made by students against a massage instructor at the Montana Academy of Salons in Great Falls, Montana, that were part of a case handled by Hoyt and Blewett PLLC attorney, Anders Blewett.

Under present Montana law, victims who suffer sexual assault and sex abuse in the work place or at school face significant procedural hurdles to obtaining justice and holding their perpetrators liable for the damages they cause. As reported by the Great Falls Tribune, Blewett has called on the Montana legislature to increase protections for victims of sexual assault and enact reforms that allow victims to obtain a jury trial in front of an elected district judge.

Call (406) 233-1302 today to speak to a sex abuse attorney in Montana.

What Are My Legal Options After Being Sexually Abused?

If you were molested or sexually abused, you have legal options you can take to hold your rapist or assailant accountable. As a victim of sexual assault, molestation, or rape you may be able to bring civil claims against the person who harmed you, and you may also be able to recover civil damages in your case, including:

  • Compensatory Damages: These are intended to give you everything you need to make a complete recovery. In cases of rape, molestation, sex abuse, and sexual assault, this often includes services like mental healthcare, counseling, and therapy. These are often awarded in addition to typical damages like hospital bills and lost wages due to the particularly distressing nature of sexual crimes. Victims of rape, molestation, sexual abuse and sexual assault are also entitled to recover damages for the physical and emotional pain and suffering they undergo.
  • Punitive Damages: These are awarded to victims who have been harmed because of a defendant’s “actual malice”. This can include defendants who act deliberately or defendants who have knowledge of certain facts and act in a manner that creates a high probability of injury. Juries render verdicts for punitive damages to punish and deter. In recent years, the United States Supreme Court has imposed caps on punitive damages arguing that punitive damage awards which grossly exceed the amount of compensatory damages could potentially run afoul of the defendant’s due process rights. In Seltzer vs. Morton, a malicious prosecution case handled by Hoyt and Blewett PLLC, the Montana Supreme Court upheld a $9.9 million punitive damage award against the global law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP. In Seltzer, the punitive damage to compensatory damage ratio was 9:1. The Montana legislature has attempted to impose a statutory cap on punitive damages which limits punitive damage verdicts to $10 million or 3% of the defendant’s net worth, whichever is less. See MCA §27-1-220(3). Several Montana state district courts have recently held that this statute violates Montana’s state constitution.

Insurance Coverage in Rape, Sex Abuse and Sexual Assault Cases

  • Most defendants who molest victims or commit sexual crimes like rape, sex abuse, or sexual assault are judgment proof and do not have the resources to pay civil judgments. In order for victims to make a recovery, it is imperative to assert claims that trigger insurance coverage. Obtaining insurance coverage in rape, molestation, sex abuse, and sexual assault cases can be a complicated matter. Most insurance policies do not cover intentional acts. This means that in order to obtain insurance coverage for injuries, it is necessary for the victim to allege that either the assailant or some other person or entity acted negligently. In some instances, intentional acts of an assailant may also be accompanied by negligent acts. For instance, the assailant may have intended the act, but not the consequence of the act. In many cases, defendants deny that they intentionally committed the rape, molestation, sex abuse, or sexual assault which alone pushes the issue of negligence and creates a basis for establishing insurance coverage under an assailant’s homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance policy. Victims may also be able to assert negligence claims against third parties for negligently failing to warn the victim of the danger or for negligently hiring, training, and supervising the assailant.

Get the Right Lawyer on Your Side

Hoyt & Blewett PLLC represents victims of sexual assault, molestation, sexual abuse, and rape. We know that without legal representation, many victims of such crimes have no way to fight back, hold predators accountable, and stop those assailants from continuing to harm others. This is why we are committed to working tirelessly to obtain justice for victims. We are committed to resolving your case, punishing the person who has harmed you, and protecting your privacy, dignity, and humanity throughout the process. If you need representation but are worried about the cost of hiring an attorney, don’t worry — you don’t pay us unless we win.

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  • “Anders Blewett was very professional and timely, It was a pleasure to work with him.”

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  • “Anders is an outstanding lawyer of the highest personal and professional integrity and competence.”

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