Attorneys John Sloan and Justin A. Smith of Texas-Based Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Available for Comment on Sexual Assault Awareness and Impact on Victims

and Justin
A. Smith
, partners with Sloan,
Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm
(The Sloan Firm), are expert
sources available to media seeking commentary and background information
related to sexual assault and sexual abuse news and feature stories in
connection with Sexual
Assault Awareness Month
this April. Sloan and Smith recently won a
$21 million verdict in a Texas court for a sexual abuse case on behalf
of two young children.

A nationally recognized law firm with offices in Longview and Houston,
The Sloan Firm represents victims through its Personal Injury Practice
Area. In the state of Texas, The Sloan Firm’s lawyers are
board-certified in Personal Injury Law by the Board of Legal
Specialization. The firm’s attorneys are also licensed to practice in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

First recognized in April 2001, Sexual Assault Awareness Month raises
awareness about sexual violence that occurs across all age groups and
demographic populations. Although it may appear that sexual abuse and
violence trends toward children and teenagers, college campuses, or
allegations within the Catholic Church, sexual abuse goes hand-in-hand
with the social dynamic that sexual predators exploit.

“Sexual abuse is more common than most people realize, and victims are
subjected to strong emotional and psychological manipulation to withhold
reporting the incident,” said John Sloan, founding partner of Sloan,
Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm. “The harm caused by the sexual abuse,
the treatment to manage it, and the impact the abuse has on the victim’s
emotional and psychological wellbeing is permanent. The abuse doesn’t
affect just the victim. It affects everyone around the victim.”

John Sloan has tried several cases for victims of sexual violence and
speaks frequently on awareness of this major public health, human rights
and social justice issue. “Our clients come to us at a very difficult
time in their lives. The pain and suffering they have experienced is
immense, so we recognize the need to care for our clients
comprehensively and go beyond being a lawyer. We act as a legal
advocate, a counselor and a friend,” Sloan explains.

Sloan added that sexual abuse is often perpetrated by someone in a
position of trust and power. That could be a family member, a close
family friend, an educator, or someone in the church. There is often a
fear that, because the perpetrator is respected in the family or
community, the report of sexual abuse will not be believed or, even if
believed, ignored.

“Even if there is no physical evidence, it’s important to the victim
that the law enforcement community and those in the legal system
understand that the abuse still occurred. It is our job to seek justice
for the victim,” commented Smith. “From the time the abuse occurs until
the time when the victim dies, he or she will always suffer from the
psychological effects and will carry the emotional scars of being
abused. It is something that gets down into their soul, becomes a part
of who they are, and ultimately changes them.”

About Sloan and Smith

established the firm in 1980. He has successfully prosecuted
cases in nine states and has been admitted to practice before all four
U.S. District Courts of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of
Arkansas, the Southern District of Illinois, the U.S. Fifth Circuit
Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

A native of Henderson, Texas, Sloan earned a Bachelor of Business
Administration degree from Baylor University in 1977 and graduated with
a Juris Doctorate from Baylor School of Law in 1980. He graduated from
the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 1998. Sloan is a member of the
State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of New Mexico. His professional
affiliations also include the American Board of Trial Advocates, the
Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association of
Justice. Among his many notable achievements, Texas Monthly Magazine has
named Sloan a “Texas Super Lawyer” eleven times. Sloan was elected
president of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in 2014.

A. Smith
was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2010 and joined
The Sloan Firm in 2011. He is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers
Association, East Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and American
Association for Justice.

Smith is from Bell Country, Texas, and currently resides in Longview,
Texas. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, cum
laude, from the University of North Texas in 2007 and a Juris Doctorate,
cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law in 2010. While attending
law school, Smith was extensively involved in Baylor’s mock trial
advocacy program. He served as an associate editor of The Baylor
Law Review
and was published in the Baylor Law Review in
2011. Smith graduated from The Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in

Full biographical profiles for John Sloan and Justin Smith are available

About The Sloan Firm

The Sloan Firm was established in 1980 and has offices in Longview and
Houston, Texas. The Sloan Firm has an impressive track record with
effective negotiations and litigation in its primary practice area of
personal injury law with two board-certified attorneys in this practice
area. The firm’s attorneys also have extensive experience in commercial
law, employment law, product liability, insurance litigation, work place
injuries, asbestos-related diseases, FELA (Federal Employers’ Liability
Act), and oil and gas law. The Sloan Firm has successfully litigated on
behalf of its clients’ cases involving product defects, traumatic brain
injury, spinal cord injury, work injuries, medical malpractice, drunk
driving accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, highway
defects, burn injuries, premises defect, sexual abuse, sexual harassment
and wrongful death.

For more information on The Sloan Firm or its attorneys, please visit
or call toll free at 800-730-0099.


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