The worst kinds of injuries are the ones that affect kids. When children become victims of sexual abuse and attack, the very first thing we would like to do is find out who did it. The individual who perpetrates this type of injury has to be held answerable.
Often times, these crimes are committed by individuals your children trust. It can be teachers, teachers, and relatives — even priests. If it happens to you or your child, you need to contact sexual abuse lawyers. The problem with sexual abuse is that it leaves more than physical scars. It leaves psychological and emotional scars as well.
Our proficient mass tort lawyers are committed to obtaining the victims of sexual abuse justice. They will make sure the people responsible are held accountable. They will also fight to get your family the compensation that it warrants.
In the event that you or your loved one are the victim of sexual abuse or assault, then speak to an experienced attorney today. Telephone 855-938-0980 or complete our online free consultation form to get started. We respect our clients’ privacy. Rest assured your information will stay confidential.
Common Forms and Contributing Factors of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse comes in many forms. It’s not always easy to discover. Normally, the victim is mistreated by someone they trust.
It may involve any of the following items:
Sex abuse covers a range of behaviors, including the following:
- Fondling and touching of a sexual nature
- Showing children explicit images
- Exposing children to sexually charged speech
- Exposing kids to porn
- Taking inappropriate photos of a child for private use or supply
- Requesting a minor send videos or pictures of themselves in an inappropriate manner
- Showing one’s private parts to a child
- Oral sex
Unfortunately, sexual abuse usually involves someone in a position of power or authority. They use their capability to take advantage of the victims.
Someone that has jurisdiction over their victim will take advantage of them. This can be a teacher, relative, or associate of the clergy.
Often times, the individual abusing the victim is someone much older. Many adults make the most of kids. They’re sick and they engage in unwanted sexual advances in a child or teenager. Given their young age, many victims of sexual abuse suffer with the following mental health problems:
- Substance abuse problems and
- Personality disorders.
Most adult victims are female. Given their smaller dimensions, they just can’t overcome a man who’s attempting to abuse them.
Sexual predators choose their victims carefully. They purposely pick individuals who they know will be afraid to tell anybody about the abuse.
The specialist class action lawyers are prepared to handle all of these types of cases.
What are a Few of the Effects of Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse victims typically suffer in several ways: emotionally, mentally, and physically. They’re often reluctant to report the abuse. This can be just as detrimental as the actual abuse.
Sexual abuse involves many different warning signs, including:
- Sudden changes in behavior — at home, in school and socially
- Their grades suffer and they don’t participate in class the way they used to
- Depression and low self-esteem
- Low sense of self-worth
- Unhealthy attitudes toward gender
- Obsessed with sex — reading material, movies, etc..
If you discover your child exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, you should report this to a doctor. Other medical professionals are required to report suspected abuse too. These professionals include:
- Health professionals
- School workers
- Social Workers
- Law enforcement
Regrettably, not everybody takes this obligation seriously. Sex abuse attorneys have handled several cases where, unfortunately, children haven’t protected the way that they need to be.
Sexual assault is a bit different from sexual abuse. It entails more than simply unwanted sexual contact. This includes, but isn’t limited to, the following acts:
- Attempted rape
- Forcible sodomy
- Forced sexual intercourse
- Child molestation
Victims of sexual abuse are often nervous to come forward. Reasons for this include:
- Their fearful people will not think them
- They don’t think their accusations will be taken seriously
- The Whole situation just makes them uncomfortable
- They’re embarrassed
- They’re in denial
- Fear of retaliation
Survivors of sexual assault are entitled to justice. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will treat you with all the respect you deserve. They’ll go after the individuals responsible for your loved one’s abuse and demand that they are held accountable.
Sexual Abuse and Assault Statistics
However, it occurs daily. Some of these disturbing statistics include the following:
- 17% of boys and 25 percent of women will be sexually abused before the age of 18 according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- In 2017, the National Crime Victimization Survey published by the Department of Justice reported that somebody in this country is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds
Representing Victims of Sexual Abuse From Churches
There were reports that over 8,000 people in this nation have endured sexual abuse at the hands of all members of the Catholic Church. These victims have registered claims against the church. To date, they have obtained over $3.8 billion in restitution.
This might look like a lot of victims. So a lot of people don’t report the abuse, which we don’t have upgraded numbers. In the event that you or your loved one have been sexually abused by a Catholic priest or clergy member, we are here in order to help.
It’s not only that the Catholic Church that’s been found liable for sexual abuse. Nearly 400 Southern Baptist Church volunteers and leaders have been detained or charged with sexual abuse throughout the previous twenty (20) years.
The cases filed against the South Baptist Church have involved sexual abuse, molestation, rape, and impregnation. There have been over 700 victims who have come forward so far. Currently, we are accepting sexual abuse cases all over the country.
In the event that you or your loved one have been sexually abused in the hands of the Southern Baptist Church, contact our experienced lawyers for a free consultation.
Speak to Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers For a Confidential Free Consultation
If your child or loved one has become the victim of sexual abuse or attack, you should speak with an experienced lawyer. They’ll review your situation and answer any questions you may have. Our compassionate lawyers will listen to your story and keep your data confidential. Will make sure the guilty party is held liable.