Daily, countless individuals are forced to endure the traumatic implications of sexual abuse. The anti-sexual violence organization Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is an organization created to address and support the needs of those that have suffered sexual violence. RAINN estimates that an individual is sexually abused every 73 seconds.
Sexual contact without consent constitutes sexual abuse, regardless of severity. These acts can be carried out through the use of force, threats, or coercion. Even sexually inappropriate language, the provision of pornographic images, sexual gestures and indecent exposure without physical interaction qualifies as abuse.
Both children and adults can fall victim to the perils of sexual abuse. Many cases of sexual abuse are committed by those in position of authority, including:
- Clergy members
- Foster Parents
- Camp counselors
- Boy Scout leaders
- Medical personnel
- College/university personnel
- Fitness/spa personnel
- Employers and co-workers
- Rideshare drivers
The perpetrators of sexual abuse rarely discriminate; individuals of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and social-economic statuses can be subject to this misconduct in an array of contexts and circumstances. Many survivors of sexual abuse never report these crimes due to a sense of fear and shame.
Sexual trauma can have life-long effects on the health and wellness of survivors. Research reflects that survivors are more likely to suffer from a host of adverse conditions, including: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, anti-social behavior, addiction, and suicidal ideations.
Slater Slater Schulman LLP is representing over thousands of individuals who have suffered from sexual abuse as children. If you or someone you love is a survivor of sexual abuse and wishes to file a claim, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.