According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, an average of 293,066 Americans (12 years or older) are victims of rape and sexual abuse each year, while 15% of victims are under age 12. Although there is a significant increase in the awareness of sexual abuse and its effects, the negative psychological impacts are often overlooked, while victims struggle to live a normal life after the abuse.
The experienced professionals at The Fitch Law Firm have successfully handled many sexual abuse cases and they understand how the life of survivors can be significantly impacted by such a traumatic experience. If you or a loved one have experienced psychological difficulties that may be linked to being a victim of sexual abuse, there is help for you. The dedicated and compassionate professionals at The Fitch Law Firm based in Columbus, Ohio, will be more than happy to review the facts of your case to get you the help you need.
Call 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation to find out if we can help you.
The impact of sexual abuse may vary depending on each individual case, as well as the victim involved. However, due to the high level of stress associated with sexual abuse, victims can experience numerous emotional and psychological consequences including:
- Negative self-concepts
- Sleep disturbances
- Eating disorders
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sexually inappropriate behaviors
- Difficulties functioning in social situations
According to a 2002 report from the World Health Organization, victims of sexual assault are three times more likely to battle with depression, six times more likely to exhibit symptoms of PTSD, 13 times more prone to alcohol abuse, 26 times more likely to abuse drugs, and four times more likely to experience feelings of wanting to commit suicide. Victims of sexual abuse are also more likely to present with other long-term psychiatric symptoms consistent with sexual dysfunction, relationship difficulties and self-destructive behaviors, which may cause significant difficulties to living a normal life. Needless to say, the lasting effects of sexual abuse can disrupt the day-to-day life of victims, including problems maintaining employment, difficulties maintaining a healthy relationship with others, and resulting in an overall poor quality of life.
We Can Help
At the Fitch Law Firm, our dedicated professionals work diligently to understand your case and are committed to protecting your rights and using the legal system to fight for justice on your behalf.
If you would like to talk to us about a potential case call us at 855-LAW-OHIO today for a free consultation.
Note: We recommend that you consult with a domestic relations attorney for advice concerning spouse on spouse abuse.