Civil claims allow victims to seek justice outside of the criminal justice system, but the process can bring painful memories to the surface, says personal injury lawyer Kevin Marshall.
Individuals who may have already gone through lengthy criminal trials have the option of seeking monetary damages for pain, suffering and other reasons, which can assist them to get on with their lives. This can provide for loss of income, therapy and other expenses that result from crimes such as sexual assault or harassment, says Marshall.
"The criminal justice system is designed to punish the victimizer, while the objective of the the civil system is to help the plaintiff (victim)," Marshall states. Read more here