Any type of non-consensual sexual contact is considered abuse. Children, men, women, the disabled, and the elderly can all become sexual abuse victims. Perpetrators of abuse may use physical violence, threats of violence, psychological manipulation, or a combination of all three to take advantage of their victims and intimidate them into remaining quiet. As a result, it may be years before an abuse survivor is able to summon the courage to report the crime and seek help for the harm that was done to them.
At Alonso Krangle, we understand that abuse survivors, whether they are children or adults, must cope with complex emotions of confusion, anger, shame, and depression. That’s why our personal injury lawyers consider the representation of abuse survivors one of our most important missions, and work aggressively to ensure they receive full and fair compensation from not only their abuser, but any entity or individual that may have enabled the abuse. If you are a survivor of this heinous crime, our sexual abuse attorneys are ready to stand by your side every step of the way, until you obtain the justice you are owed.
Sexual Abuse Statistics
Unfortunately, sexual abuse is all too common. According to recent statistics:
- One in four girls and one in six boys will experience some sort of sexual abuse by age 18 (studies vary widely).
- Among girls who had sex before they were 13 years old, 22% reported that first sex was non-voluntary.
- Victims come from all socioeconomic groups and communities.
- 90% of childhood sexual abuse victims are molested someone the family knows and trusts.
- Among adults who are developmentally disabled, as many as 83% of females and 32% of males are victims of sexual assault.
- 40% of women with physical disabilities reported being sexually assaulted.
- Approximately 70% of female rape victims over the age of 60 were victims of sexual abuse in a nursing home.
- Additionally, more than 50% of nursing home residents who were victims of sexual abuse died within a year.
Forms of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse can take many forms. Some of the most common types of misconduct include:
- Non-consensual, forced physical sexual behavior (rape and sexual assault).
- Unwanted touching, either of a child or an adult.
- Sexual kissing, fondling, exposure of genitalia, and voyeurism, exhibitionism.
- Exposing a child to pornography.
- Saying sexually suggestive statements towards a child.
- Making non-consensual verbal sexual demands towards an adult.
- The use of a position of trust to compel otherwise unwanted sexual activity without physical force.
- Certain forms of sexual harassment.
Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
The emotional scars from sexual abuse can last a lifetime. Filing a lawsuit in civil court against an abuser, and any institution or organization the protected the abuser, can provide victims with the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. Because the long-lasting damage from these types of crimes is so profound, compensation awarded to victims in sexual abuse lawsuits is often substantial. A large verdict rendered against a church, school or other entity that enabled an abuser may spark reforms that will prevent similar crimes in the future. Even if you are an adult survivor of abuse that occurred years ago, your state may still allow you to file a sexual abuse lawsuit in civil court.
At Alonso Krangle LLP, we understand the scars sexual abuse victims bear. While our personal injury attorneys are extremely skilled in the practice of law, they also know how to handle these cases with sensitivity and compassion. Our firm takes extensive steps to protect our abuse clients from the powerful interests that may try to silence them. Our attorneys will listen to you, advise you of all your legal options, but never pressure you to pursue a case before you are ready. Alonso Krangle, LLP offers free, no obligation lawsuit consultations to victims of sexual abuse. To discuss your legal rights or just talk with someone about what happened to you, please contact us today by calling 800-403-6191