Sexual abuse is a profoundly traumatic experience. Someone forcing themselves onto you to engage in any form of unwanted sexual contact is terrifying, and the mental effects of that abuse can remain with you for many years. You might need extensive therapy to rebuild your confidence and trust in people.
Fortunately, there may be legal avenues available to you. A sexual abuse lawyer can help you pursue compensation in a civil lawsuit against your abuser, and anyone else who could have stopped the abuse but failed to do so. The compassionate personal injury attorneys at Braddock Law Firm, PLLC will fight vigorously for your rights.
What Constitutes Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse happens anytime someone forces someone else to engage in sexual contact without their consent. Some forms of sexual abuse include the use of physical force, but it can also include psychological pressure, such as when one person abuses their position of authority by taking advantage of another and forcing them to engage in unwanted sexual contact.
Some of the more common forms of sexual abuse include:
- Unwanted touching, such as groping, kissing, pinching, and grabbing
- Assault or rape using physical force
- Rape using drug assistance, such as date rape
- Forced prostitution
- Sexual trafficking
- Sexual abuse or assault of a child
- Sexual abuse of a domestic partner
The seasoned attorneys with Braddock Law Firm, PLLC understand how damaging any form of sexual abuse can be. They will work with you to hold the offender liable for the harm you have suffered.
The Aftermath of Sexual Abuse
In addition to physical pain and wounds, sex abuse survivors frequently experience psychological effects that can linger and interfere with their quality of life. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress are all common. Constant flashbacks of the abuse might affect their ability to participate in activities, engage with friends, or even go to work. Survivors also often feel isolated, causing them to withdraw from their friends and family. They might experience mood swings, personality changes, and insomnia. Some abuse survivors falsely blame themselves, so they might turn to self-harming behaviors and even attempt suicide.
Many survivors of sexual assault and abuse benefit from working closely with an experienced mental health counselor, whose goal is to help you learn to process your feelings and cope with what you have gone through. Unfortunately, mental health care is not always fully covered by private insurance plans, so it can be prohibitively expensive, particularly if you are unable to work and earn an income.
A successful resolution of a civil case could give a sexual abuse survivor and their families the means to pay for all necessary treatment, which makes it imperative to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact a Sexual Abuse Attorney
Recovering from sexual abuse of any kind is difficult and demanding. The trauma of these offenses often requires considerable time, effort, and resources to be adequately addressed on your own. Fortunately, you have help. A dedicated sexual abuse lawyer with Braddock Law Firm, PLLC will stay by your side to give you the support you need as you search for justice.
We will work tirelessly to compel your abuser to fully compensate you and your family for the emotional and physical damage they inflicted on you. Reach out to us today to discuss what happened to you and figure out how we can help.