Sexual abuse has become a very hot topic as of late. It seems that almost every day lately CNN, FoxNews, TMZ, etc… have a new story of someone accusing a public figure with sexual abuse. More and more victims are coming out sharing their story regarding abuse in different forms and the hashtag #Metoo has started a movement for those to share their stories. It is imperative that you understand that if you have been a victim of sexual abuse that you are not alone!
Sexual abuse claims involve some of the most heinous and shameful acts committed on a defenseless person, but as Austin sexual abuse lawyers often see, it is the victim of the sexual abuse who often ends up feeling ashamed or guilty. There is often negligence on the part of someone who could have acted and had the responsibility to act to keep the victim safe, and failed to do so.
It’s very important to understand that sexual abuse, no matter what the circumstances, is never the victim’s fault. No person – child or adult – deserves to undergo such physical and mental trauma. Fortunately, in Minnesota, courts allow sexual abuse victims the right to hold the perpetrator accountable for his deeds, and liable for damages.
In cases of sexual abuse, the physical suffering may be overshadowed by long-term emotional and mental scars. While scratches, bruises, and wounds may heal quickly, victims may find that recovering from the anguish of the abuse can take years of expert counseling and therapy. It also requires a huge amount of support from families, friends and the larger community.
In Texas, perpetrators of sexual abuse will be subject to criminal action, besides civil litigation. In fact, it’s important for both the civil and criminal litigation teams to coordinate efforts to ensure that the perpetrator of the abuse is punished to the strictest extent, both in financial terms as well as in jail time. For this, however, it’s important that the victims cooperate to the fullest extent.
Sexual abuse thrives in environments where there is a lot of trust of trust between two people, one of who wields authority or influence over the other. These cases are often found in facilities where you would expect safety and security, like schools and doctors’ clinics. Sexual abuse claims typically involve:
- Gym coaches;
- Off-school music or dance teachers;
- Child care employees;
- Nursing home staff;
- Hotel employees;
- Intruders in apartment complexes;
- Therapists; and
Have you or a loved one been injured because of sexual abuse? Contact an Austin sexual abuse attorney with the Briggle & Polan, PLLC. We offer free consultation at your home, work, hospital or at our office. Contact us by calling (512) 400-3278 or submit an inquiry through our online consultation form. We don’t charge a fee unless we obtain a settlement on your behalf.