The perpetrators of sexual abuse rarely discriminate; individuals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and social-economic statuses can be subject to this misconduct in an array of contexts and circumstances. Many survivors of sexual abuse never report these crimes due to a sense of fear and shame.
Sexual contact without consent constitutes sexual abuse, regardless of severity. These acts can be carried out through the use of force, threats, or coercion. Even sexually inappropriate language, the provision of pornographic images, sexual gestures and indecent exposure without physical interaction qualifies as abuse.
Both children and adults can fall victim to the perils of sexual abuse. Many cases of sexual abuse are committed by those in position of authority, including:
- Clergy members
- Foster Parents
- Camp counselors
- Boy scout leaders
- Medical personnel
- College/university personnel
- Fitness/spa personnel
- Rideshare drivers
Sexual trauma can have life-long effects on the health and wellness of survivors. Research reflects that survivors are more likely to suffer from a host of adverse conditions, including: post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”); depression; anxiety; anti-social behavior; addiction; and suicidal ideations.
If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual abuse and wishes to file a claim, please contact us for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) LAW-HELP.