The victims of sexual abuse are often children, adolescents, or members of vulnerable populations including incarcerated and disabled community members. If someone in a position of authority or trust, or someone upon whom a young or vulnerable person is dependent exploits the power imbalance in their relationship to coerce, manipulate, blackmail, threaten, or otherwise convince them into engaging in non-consensual sexual activity, they have committed sexual abuse.

Children are not capable of giving informed consent to engage in sexual activity. Neither are teenagers who have passed the age of consent but not yet reached the age of majority considered capable of consenting to participation in sexual acts with an adult figure of authority or trust or upon whom they are dependent. 

If an adult takes advantage of a young person’s dependence on them, exploits their trust, or abuses their position of authority over a young person to engage in non-consensual sexual activity, they may cause their victim a lifetime of psychological turmoil and emotional anguish. Sexual abuse survivors often carry the burden of their trauma with them for decades. Indeed, the wrongful actions of a reprehensible criminal could determine the outcome and quality of an abuse victim’s entire life. 

Survivors of sexual abuse often develop severe mental health conditions and destructive coping mechanisms as a result of their exploitation. The far-reaching effects of sexual abuse often include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Shame
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of self-worth
  • Self-harm
  • Attempted or completed suicide
  • And possibly more

If you are in distress, contact the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 833-456-4566.

Beyond the emotional and psychological repercussions of being victimized by a trusted authority figure, people who have been sexually abused often incur substantial financial losses as a result of the trauma they were forced to endure. These losses are often related to:

  • Psychological counselling
  • Psychiatric treatment
  • Prescription medications
  • Failure to reach potential
  • Reduced earning capabilities 
  • Lost wages 
  • And more

While no amount of money will be able to undo the wrongs committed against you, if you were the victim of sexual abuse, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Our sexual abuse lawyers serving Chéticamp are committed to helping survivors of abuse in the region recover the compensation they deserve, and to ensuring that abusers in the local community are brought to justice. 

By working with our Chéticamp sexual abuse lawyers, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against your abuser and, depending on the circumstances of your case, against the organization that employed them or introduced them to you. To learn more about how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to provide you with assistance, call our sexual abuse lawyers serving Chéticamp and receive a free initial consultation.

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In this province, there is no time limitation on filing sexual abuse claims. No matter how far in the past your abuse occurred, by pursuing legal action now, you may be able to recover the compensation you are duly owed. 

To discuss your situation with our sensitive, compassionate sexual abuse lawyers serving Chéticamp  and receive the benefit of personalized legal advice, schedule your free initial consultation by calling Preszler Injury Lawyers.

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