Sexual Abuse and Assault Lawsuits
Sexual Abuse and Violence Can Happen Anywhere
Sexual abuse and violence can occur anywhere, even in places you’d least expect. Unfortunately, any time a predator has the opportunity to control or manipulate a victim there is a risk of sexual assault. Often times because the abuser is in a position of authority; such as a priest, teacher, camp counselor, supervisor or a care provider, he/she knows it is unlikely their victim is going to tell someone about the sexual abuse or assault.
While the Catholic Church has seen an alarmingly high number of sexual abuse allegations, there are a growing number of sexual abuse and assaults being reported against other institutions including (but not limited to):
- Law Firms
- Other public/private entities
- Kids Social Groups
- Sports Leagues
- Boys & Girls Scouts
- Religious Institutions (non-Catholic)
- Protestant Church
- Mormon Church
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Residential Facilities
- Group Homes
- Nursing Homes
- Elder Care/Assisted Living Facilities
- High schools
- Private schools
Sexual Abuse and Assault Statistics
The statistics surrounding sexual abuse and assault are not only disturbing, but shocking.
- According to a 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey released by the Department of Justice, every 98 seconds another American is sexually assaulted.
- The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), states that only about 30 percent of all sexual assault cases are reported.
- One report stated that in sexual abuse cases reported to law enforcement, 93% of juvenile victims knew the perpetrator.
- Overall, 17 percent of boys and 25 percent of girls are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Nearly 40 percent of victims experience later relationship issues with family and friends as well as with co-workers, according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).
- The likelihood that a person suffers depressive or suicidal thoughts also greatly increases after experiencing sexual abuse.
Filing a Sexual Abuse or Assault Claim
The emotional injuries from sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Victims struggle with depression, anxiety, PTSD and numerous other conditions. With everything that has already happened, the idea of facing your abuser can seem incredibly overwhelming.
However, too many incidents of sexual assault go unreported in our country. Some elderly victims of sexual assault in nursing homes or other facilities suffer from disabilities which do not allow them to fully understand what has occurred, making reporting the instance extremely unlikely. Many of those who were sexually abused as a child or teen, don’t recall the events of the abuse until years later when they are adults. In those cases, victims often believe their abuse happened too long ago to receive civil justice, which in many cases, is just not true.
If you or someone you love was the victim sexual abuse, or a sexual assault, call us for more information on filing a legal claim. The information you provide, as well as your identity, will be kept completely confidential until you are ready to move foward. In addition, there is no obligation and the legal consultation is completely free. In fact, our legal team works on a contingency so you will never have to pay any costs or expenses in advance.
You should also know that in some states, and within certain institutions, programs have been put in place to financially compensate victims without the need to file a lawsuit or go to court.
Don’t wait. There are legal deadlines associated with every claim. Call us to learn more about your options and let us help you stand up to your abuser.