Sexual abuse is one of the most devastating and demoralizing experiences that a person can go through. The victims of sexual abuse often suffer lifelong physical, psychological and emotional injuries.
Most often we think of sexual abuse as a crime, punishable by imprisonment, fines, and other forms of punishment. But sexual abuse is also a civil offense, whereby the victim may be able to recover compensation for the damages (physical, emotional, and otherwise) that are suffered as a result of the sexual abuse.
In most cases, a victim of sexual abuse may bring a lawsuit against the perpetrator of the sexual abuse. In some cases, however, someone other than the perpetrator may also be liable for the sexual abuse. For instance, if the abuse involved sexual harassment in the workplace, the employer of the perpetrator may also be liable if the employer knew or should have known of the abuse.
What to Do If You Have Been the Victim of Sexual Abuse
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, you should first seek medical attention and notify the police. You should also consider consulting with an experienced sexual abuse litigator in order to discuss the ways in which you may seek compensation and retribution for your injuries.
The Chicago sexual abuse attorneys at Ankin Law Office, LLC are well-versed in all manners of intentional tort litigation, including sexual abuse. We will with law enforcement authorities in connection with any accompanying criminal charges and we will represent you in connection with any resulting civil lawsuits to get you the compensation you deserve.
Managing the Challenges of a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Sexual abuse lawsuits frequently present unique challenges. Often, the victim is reluctant to come forward or may be pressured to remain quiet about the abuse. If a person has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy, he or she may also fear religious repercussions or persecution.
Remaining silent, however, often causes additional harm to the victim in the form of serious and lingering emotional injuries. Moreover, because sexual predators are repeat offenders, it is important that victims come forward to help prevent future sexual abuse from occurring.
Many civil lawsuits regarding sexual abuse involve statute of limitations disputes, since the events oftentimes took place in the past, and there are often evidentiary issues involved. For these reasons, it is important to consult with an attorney who understands the legal battles that may be involved.
The Chicago sexual abuse attorneys at Ankin Law Office offer compassionate legal advice that is attuned to the challenges involved in pursuing a sexual abuse lawsuit. We pride ourselves on treating each client and case with the utmost sensitivity and we will retain the appropriate medical or psychological experts, when necessary, in order to adequately assist you with your recovery.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, contact us at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free confidential consultation with one of our skilled and compassionate sexual abuse attorneys.