Sexual Abuse

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Sexual Abuse is a Punishable Crime

Sex abuse is not only a crime, but can be the subject of civil litigation. These types of cases arise out of circumstances that leave a victim traumatized, and, oftentimes, feeling alone. Victims of sexual abuse are harmed emotionally, psychologically, and physically. There are numerous short-term and long-term effects of sexual abuse that invade the everyday lives of people who have been abused. Many victims feel they need to solely rely on self-help because sex abuse is a very personal offense. Others feel that there is no hope for a chance at healing and rebuilding. Holding the wrongdoer accountable can be a step in the recovery process.

What are the effects of sex abuse?

No two victims’ stories are the same. A person can never be prepared for the emotions they will face after being sexually abused. People react differently to the harmful abuse they have endured. One of the first steps of the recovery process is to identify what effects a person who has been abused may be experiencing. Abuse may have numerous potential impacts, including but not limited to:

  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Anger
  • Body aches
  • Death or suicide
  • Depression
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, or even guilty
  • Flashbacks
  • Grieving/Mourning
  • Guilt/Blame/Shame
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Hot/Cold Flashes
  • Inability to heal
  • Inability to sleep
  • Inability to trust others
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Loss of interests in activities or things once enjoyed
  • Noticeable changes in weight or appetite
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Prolonged sadness
  • Random stomach aches
  • Relationship and Intimacy issues
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Sexual confusion
  • Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Trauma
  • Wanting to be left alone / Isolation
  • And any other effects personal to the victim


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Who can bring a sex abuse claim?

Sex abuse claims are not only criminal, but can be the subject of civil litigation. Some victims of sex abuse oftentimes keep it to themselves for long periods of time. Other victims are too young to consent to sexual acts and therefore may not understood the full magnitude of their abuse. Depending on when the harm occurred, those who can sue include:

  • An adult who is a victim of sex abuse that occurred when she or he was a child
  • A child’s legal caregiver, including the birth parents, adoptive parents, and other guardians.

Who can be sued?

Not only can the perpetrator be sued under state and federal law, but an employer or guardian can also be held responsible through claims such as negligent supervision, negligent retention, and/or negligent hiring. Organizations that have failed to take steps to protect victims and have been held responsible include:

  • Boy Scouts
  • Camps
  • Clergy
  • Cruise Ships
  • Day Cares
  • Foster Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Nanny Services
  • Nursing Homes
  • Psychiatrists and Therapists
  • Religious Organizations
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Disabled
  • Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly
  • Schools – Grade Schools, Junior Highs, High Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • Youth Sports Leagues

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Call us today if you or a loved one has suffered from sexual abuse. We will help you take your next step towards recovery. Everything we talk about is private and protected by the attorney-client privilege. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused, please give us a call and we will work with you and your family.

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