The facts of the case are sad but notable. Our client, Jane Doe, was repeatedly sexually abused as a child by her step father. As an adult, she found the courage to come forward and file a civil suit against her abuser. Although the civil process was difficult, she found it to be empowering. In this case, it was her way of taking control of the situation and giving a voice to a 9 year old child who was left unprotected. In her eyes, the large judgment reflects the fact that our community heard and recognized the extreme harm that was done to her. Sexual abuse of children is a major public health concern, with 90% of abuse going unreported. Our client hopes the verdict will shed light on the problem and perhaps give other victims the courage to come forward and be heard.