Sex Abuse Lawyers

Sex abuse is a deplorable act with devastating and potentially life-altering consequences for the victim. If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual abuse or violence, notify the authorities and get to safety immediately.

In the aftermath of this violation, many survivors suffer extreme emotional or psychological distress. The impact of the incident can last years or even decades. Fortunately, help is available.

What Is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse refers to unwanted sexual activity by using threats or force. The victim cannot or isn’t able to give consent during the incident.

Physical injuries don’t have to occur to consider the act as sex abuse. Many times, the abuser is a trusted medical provider, family member, or public figure.

The most common types of sexual abuse include:

  • Manipulating or forcing the victim to perform painful or degrading sexual acts
  • Sharing pornographic materials
  • Fondling or unwanted touching
  • Attempted or actual oral, anal, or vaginal penetration with a body part or object
  • Taking sexual videos or pictures without consent
  • Inappropriate interactions through phone calls, emails, texts, or other forms of communication

Long-Term Effects of Sexual Abuse

According to statistics, more than one in three women, and more than one in four men, have experienced sexual violence. The consequences of sexual abuse can be severe and damaging to a person’s future. The most common effects of sexual abuse include:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Flashbacks
  • Dissociation
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Panic attacks
  • Substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicide

Many people suffer in silence and never seek help for what happened. The impact of childhood sex abuse can follow a person well into adulthood. It’s vital to speak up about the incident so the perpetrator faces the consequences of their actions.

Compensation Available for Sex Abuse Survivors

If someone abused you as an adult or child, you could pursue legal action against them. Not only does sexual abuse have criminal consequences for the perpetrator, but it can also have civil repercussions as well. The compensation you receive could compensate for various losses resulting from the incident, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Psychological therapies
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost wages
  • Punitive damages meant to punish those who commit especially heinous crimes

It’s critical to understand state laws and follow the necessary steps to sue your abuser. Contact a knowledgeable lawyer to learn about the timeline for filing a civil lawsuit against another person.

Legislation for Child Sex Abuse Statutes of Limitations

States throughout the country have passed laws to extend or eliminate the statute of limitations on sexual abuse. That means you might be able to file a lawsuit or press criminal charges even if the statute has already expired.

Currently, 27 states and U.S. territories provide a window for survivors to pursue legal action for expired civil claims. Most child sex abuse claims don’t come with a civil statute of limitations in 17 states and territories. Additionally, 49 states and territories eliminated the criminal statute of limitations for some or all childhood sexual abuse crimes.

Contact Us

Hach Rose Schirripa & Cheverie LLP has over 100 years of combined legal experience defending individuals harmed by the wrongdoings of others. Our sex abuse attorneys believe in standing up for sexual abuse survivors and their families. You can count on us to advocate for your rights and aggressively seek the maximum compensation you deserve. We understand the delicate and painful nature of this topic, so you can expect support and compassion when you hire us to help you or a loved one.

Reach out to us at (212) 213-8311 for your free consultation if you or your child suffered sexual abuse.