Crime & Sexual Abuse Lawyers
According to Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), there are more than 300,000 victims of sexual assault every year. Unfortunately, many sexual assault survivors do not know their rights, especially if they were assaulted by a person in a position of power.
What is Sexual Abuse?
it is generally understood that sexual abuse involves unwanted sexual contact. It not only covers fondling and touching of a sexual nature, but:
- Oral sex
- Requesting the minor send or take pictures of themselves in an inappropriate manner
- Revealing oneself to a child
- Showing children explicit images, exposing children to sexually charged language and to pornography
- Taking inappropriate photos of a child for personal use or distribution
Effects of Sexual Abuse
The damage from sexual abuse is rarely only physical, oftentimes, the mental and emotional impact of sexual abuse goes on for years to a lifetime.
Signs that a child has been sexually abused may include:
- Abrupt changes in behavior, sometimes affecting quality of schoolwork.
- Depression and low self-esteem.
- Sexually acting out for their age (Promiscuous behavior).
When a child show symptoms of sexual abuse, professionals have a duty to report those behaviors and protect the child.
With representation from an experienced crime victim’s attorney, you can fight back. At McEldrew Young, we help sexual abuse survivors get justice and hold offenders accountable for their actions. We will explain your rights and help you stand up for them. When there are liable parties, we can file a civil suit against them for compensation to cover your past, present and future losses.
There are statutes of limitations for filing civil suits in child and adult sexual assault cases. We recommend speaking with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about the deadlines for filing your case.