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Sexual abuse refers to any unwanted sexual activity, often occurring by use of force or coercion on one party by another. This may include any kind of abuse of a sexual nature, including rape. The majority of sexual abuse is perpetrated by a family member or acquaintance and the victims of this abuse can result in lifelong damage including physical, financial, emotional, and mental. Sexual abuse is a particularly devastating kind of abuse, and victims often struggle to make a full emotional recovery and can suffer debilitating physical consequences as well.
If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For additional support and resources, contact The National Sexual Assault Hotline here. Abuse victims should remember that they are not alone, and seek help from available resources both to hold their abuser accountable and also to pursue a physical and mental recovery. If you or a loved one have suffered sexual abuse, you might be eligible for legal compensation. Contact a sexual abuse lawyer to learn more about your options for legal recourse as well as to discover resources for recovery.
The data collected on sexual abuse reveals a disturbing correlation between abuse and youth. The majority of sexual abuse and rape victims experience the abuse beginning before the age of 18, and are often abused by a family member or acquaintance. Unfortunately, many of these instances of abuse are not reported.
Let’s go over some important sexual abuse-related statistics:
Anyone can perpetrate sexual abuse, though there is often a factor of authority, power, age, or another element of coercion at play. While sexual abuse is generally perpetrated by someone who knows the victim, it may occur between strangers as well. Above all, it is important to remember that the only person responsible for sexual abuse is the perpetrator themselves. Regardless of how the victim was behaving, speaking, dressing, etc. before the abuse, full legal responsibility lies with the perpetrator. People that might be responsible for sexual abuse include:
If you or a loved one have been sexually abused, you might be eligible for compensation through the legal system. Contact a sexual abuse attorney to discuss your situation and the next steps to take pursue legal recourse for the incident. Depending on the nature of you or your family member’s injuries due to the abuse, your attorney may identify possible claims for:
To learn more about the legislation surrounding sexual abuse or to discuss your eligibility for a claim, seek legal counsel from a sexual abuse attorney. If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you do not have to attempt recovery on your own. Contact a sexual abuse attorney to learn more about the resources available to you.
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