Sexual assault or abuse is physically and emotionally traumatic. The focus on coping with the pain, shock and humiliation caused by the event can be all-consuming. In addition to the time it takes to physically recover, shame, misplaced guilt, and fear of stigmatization can keep victims from facing their abuser and seeking compensation for their physical and emotional injuries. When you have been the victim of sexual assault or abuse you have a right to justice and restitution.

At Murphy Battista LLP we understand the importance of a trauma-informed approach when we help clients who have been through a personally devastating experience. We have experience helping victims of sexual crimes, whether the events happened at work, at home, or in the community.

People of all ages and genders can be victims of a sexual assault or abuse. We are aware that many victims are survivors of events that took place in the past (sometimes the distant past) and that it takes tremendous courage to come forward and break the silence. We are committed to supporting victims in overcoming the trauma they have endured and to helping them get the closure and the financial compensation that they deserve.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual assault or abuse we can help. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation.


Civil vs. Criminal Proceedings for Sexual Assault

October 21, 2021

I am a civil sexual assault lawyer and routinely receive phone calls from sexual assault survivors who are confused about the interplay between the civil and criminal processes for their sexual assault claims. The decision on whether to pursue a civil claim, a criminal proceeding, or both – and the…

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Sexual assault training for judges now mandatory

May 13, 2021

Significant changes designed to enhance confidence in the criminal justice system among survivors of sexual assault came into force last week. The changes involve amendments to the Judges Act and the Criminal Code and are designed to assist judges in deciding sexual assault cases without the influence of myths and stereotypes.…

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Vicarious liability of school boards for sexual abuse by teachers: Is the school still out?

April 12, 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized that teachers play a key role in society that places them in a direct position of trust and authority towards their students.  Teachers have significant power, authority, and control over their students. They have control over almost all aspects of a student’s day,…

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Claims against the Ministry of Children and Family Development

May 19, 2020

In 2019, the Spotlight: Child Welfare collaborative journalism project published a report revealing that the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) was failing to meet the basic requirements for children in their care. The MCFD looks after about 6,500 children.  In about 40% of these cases, the MCFD…

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In the News

More sexual assault survivors turning to civil court

October 4, 2021

Janelle O’Connor is representing a BC woman in a civil lawsuit against two Victoria realtors and their agency for sexual assault. Read the CBC Go Public story (Warning: distressing details): Civil suit alleges 2 Victoria real estate agents drugged and sexually assaulted their client Watch the story clip from CBC’s…

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After a criminal conviction for sexual assault, many clients turn to Murphy Battista to pursue civil litigation to seek restitution

April 15, 2021

Murphy Battista Represents Woman Suing Former B.C. City Councillor Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Her When She Was a Teenager (more…)

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Bill Dick, Q.C. comments on sexual abuse settlement with Diocese of Kamloops

September 16, 2020

Castanet reporter Tereza Verenca interviewed Bill Dick, Q.C. about the out-of-court settlement he reached on behalf of two Vernon brothers who survived sexual abuse by a Vernon priest when they were teenagers. The article includes the letter written by the Bishop of Kamloops, Joseph Phuong Nguyen, urging people to break…

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Murphy Battista LLP Files Archdiocese of Vancouver Abuse Class Action

September 10, 2020

Murphy Battista LLP has filed a proposed class action against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver alleging systemic sexual, physical and psychological abuse of parishioners by individuals who, at all material times, were employees, agents or servants of the Archdiocese – including cardinals, bishops, archbishops, priests, deacons and lay ministers…

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Murphy Battista LLP settles sexual abuse case involving Vernon priest.

September 8, 2020

Bill Dick, Q.C., represented two brothers sexually abused by Father Herbert Bourne while Bourne was a priest in Vernon during the 1970s. The abuse occurred when the brothers were teenagers. Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse inflicted by people in positions of trust or power is extremely damaging. It takes a…

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Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver covered up systemic abuse, silenced survivors for decades, lawsuit claims

August 28, 2020

First class-action filed in B.C. Supreme Court since the district released its report on clergy sexual abuse last November. The article notes, “The proposed class-action lawsuit filed this week said the Archdiocese of Vancouver not only knew for years about allegations of systemic sexual, physical and psychological abuse, but “fostered…

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Settlement estimated at $100M approved for women sexually harassed while employed by RCMP

March 19, 2020

Settlement estimated at $100M approved for women sexually harassed while employed by RCMP, covered in the March 2020 issue of Canadian Lawyer Magazine. Read the article

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