Sexual abuse, especially when the victim is a child, can leave victims with a lifetime of emotional trauma.
We understand that these instances of abuse cause emotional damage, as well as the obvious physical harm. Many abuse victims are left dealing with complicated, difficult feelings of confusion, depression, anger and shame as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Many are embarrassed or ashamed to admit that they have been the victims of abuse.
At the Fitch Law Firm, we know that no amount of money can ever make up for the trauma sexual abuse victims have experienced. However, we also know that the offenders must be held accountable, and the victims must receive some measure of justice. Making sure that the abusers are held legally responsible can help victims move toward a place of healing.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today to consult with our compassionate, experienced professionals who know how to deal with sexual abuse lawsuits and can help you.
Sexual abuse victims have rights
Sexual abuse can be defined as any unwanted or nonconsensual sexual activity and can range from inappropriate touching all the way to rape. As children are unable to legally consent to sex, any sexual conduct with a child is a violation of law.
Children are impressionable and can be more easily coerced into becoming victims of sexual abuse. They are often too frightened to say anything. They are especially vulnerable to anyone in positions of authority, including teachers, coaches, older family members or members of the clergy. Statistics show that more than 90% of sexual assaults involving children aged 17 or younger were committed by someone who knew the victim.
Some victims of sexual crimes are not able to confront or admit the abuse until they reach adulthood. It is important for all sexual abuse victims to understand that the abuse was not their fault. Each sexual abuse survivor will handle their recovery process in his or her own unique way.
Let the Fitch Law Firm help you get the justice you deserve
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse, you may be entitled to compensation from the perpetrator or the entity for whom they were employed, such as a school, religious organization or private company. Even though the offenders may be brought to justice in criminal court, sexual abuse victims can take legal action by filing a civil lawsuit as well.
A civil lawsuit can give a sexual abuse victim the chance to gain some measure of accountability and justice against the offender if criminal proceedings have failed. It also gives them the opportunity to secure financial compensation for the injuries and losses they have experienced.
Recovering from sexual abuse can be a stressful, painful and overwhelming experience. The Fitch Law Firm will help guide you through this difficult time, giving you peace of mind knowing that your legal rights are being protected while you recover. We are passionate about fighting for the justice you deserve.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation with a Columbus, Ohio-based, experienced sexual abuse attorney. We’ll help you get through this difficult process.
Note: We recommend that you consult with a domestic relations attorney for advice concerning spouse on spouse abuse.