Sexual abuse is all too common, especially in settings where vulnerable victims are with trusted caregivers and other professionals who work in places such as nursing homes, counseling practices, medical facilities, and schools. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women and one in four men in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual abuse, including rape and sexual violence, in their lifetime. The statistics on child sexual abuse are even more sobering. Notably, females between the ages of 16-19 have a fourfold greater likelihood than the general population of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. The harmful effects of sexual abuse can last a lifetime, causing a host of emotional and mental health challenges, impacting the victim, their family, and those close to them.
It is critical that perpetrators, especially those whose abuse occurs while providing caregiving or professional services, and those employing such perpetrators who have a duty to keep other employees, customers, clients and patients safe, are held accountable, both for the sake of their victims and to spare others from the same harm. We are experienced in working with the victims of sexual abuse, sensitively helping them to navigate the complexities of the civil court system as they seek monetary compensation for the harm they suffered.
While there is nothing that can adequately make up for the trauma and damage of sexual abuse, seeking legal support to demand accountability can bring a measure of validation and assure the victim they are not alone nor to blame.
If you or a loved one has experienced injury or harm as a result of sexual abuse, we are here to help. Contact us to explore what civil actions you can take to seek accountability and compensation.
 Source: https://www.nsvrc.org/statistics
 Source: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens