Why Would a Sexual Abuse Victim Want to Pursue a Civil Claim Against the Perpetrators?
The statistics about child sex abuse are grim. Approximately one out of every five girls is sexually abused. It is estimated that about one out of every 20 boys is abused. However, many children, teens, and adults never report sexual abuse, sexual assault, or other sex crimes committed against them.
Sexual abuse victims often suffer profound physical, mental, emotional, and psychological consequences after being victimized. They may develop anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health issues that require expensive medication and treatment. Many turn to drugs or alcohol to numb their pain.
If you or a loved one were the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a religious authority, teacher, child care worker, medical provider, or family member, know that you are not alone. Also, know that you have legal options for holding the perpetrator accountable and seeking compensation for your financial and non-financial damages.
Holding the At-Fault Party Responsible for the Heinous Act
One of the main reasons sexual abuse victims and their families pursue civil claims against perpetrators is to hold the perpetrators accountable for the abuse. Many perpetrators are able to avoid criminal consequences for their actions, but they can be held responsible through a civil personal injury claim. Even if the perpetrator is brought to justice, this does not provide any restitution for the abuse victims.
Giving Others the Strength to Come Forward
Sadly, many victims of sex crimes are afraid to come forward and report the abuse they suffered. When sexual abuse victims take legal action against their abusers, this may give others the strength to take action as well. Sometimes, when a victim comes forward, it sheds light on rampant sex abuse problem in a church, medical facility, school, or other organization. This can help prevent additional children from being victimized.
Recovering Financial Compensation for Your Damages
There is no amount of money that can make up for the pain caused by sexual abuse. However, compensation from a personal injury claim may help victims cover expenses, including medical treatment and medications. You may be entitled to compensation for:
Past and future medical costs
Lost wages from missed work
Pain and suffering
Lost enjoyment of life
Contact an Aurora Sexual Abuse Injury Lawyer
If you were the victim of sexual abuse, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the perpetrator(s). The compassionate, skilled Kane County injury attorneys at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C. understand the sensitive nature of these types of crimes. We can help you explore your legal options and determine what course of action is right for you.
Call 630-907-0909 for a free, completely confidential consultation.