Sexual abuse involves an exploitation of power. The perpetrators of sexual abuse prey upon their victims’ dependence upon them, take advantage of the the trust they have placed in them, or exploit their positions of authority within a larger institution in order to engage in non-consensual sexual activity. As such, the victims of sexual abuse are often the members of vulnerable populations, children, or adolescents.
In many instances, sexual abuse is perpetrated by people who work or volunteer for a number of different organizations that cater to children, teenagers, or membes of vulnerable communities. Perpetrators of sexual abuse frequently use their positions of authority within these organizations to prey upon the young or vulnerable people they have, in many cases, been hired to care for and protect. Common examples of these organizations include:
- Religious institutions
- Sports leagues
- Extra-curricular programs
- Summer camps
- Detention centres
- Psychiatric facilities
- And more
When an organization’s leadership learns that one of its staff members or volunteers has committed sexual abuse, they have a duty to report the crime to the proper authorities and remove the perpetrator from their staff. If an organization’s leadership fails to take appropriate actions and, instead, turn a blind eye to abuse within their institution, they put even more young or vulnerable people at risk of suffering the lifelong effects of being sexually abused. This contributory negligence is a form of sexual abuse known as systemic or institutional sexual abuse because, through the inaction of the organization’s leadership, the cycle of abuse is allowed to continue perpetuating itself in a consequence-free environment.
The emotional and psychological repercussions of surviving sexual abuse can last for years, even decades. This may be especially true for survivors who were victimized at a young age. Survivors of sexual abuse may develop self-destructive coping mechanisms to try coping with the trauma from their past. The heavy burden of their emotional distress may make it difficult for survivors of sexual abuse to complete educational opportunities and vocational training, maintain personal and romantic relationships, or perform the duties of their jobs. As a result, in addition to suffering from the emotional and psychological repercussions of being abused, survivors often endure financial losses directly related to the abuse they endured.
In this province, there is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims. That means, if you were victimized in the past, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
By working with our sexual abuse lawyers serving New Glasgow, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against your abuser and, depending on the circumstances of your case, against the organization that hired them or introduced you to them. Our New Glasgow sexual abuse lawyers are committed to helping members of the community who have been the victims of abuse, and to bringing the perpetrators of these reprehensible crimes to justice.
To learn more about how our sexual abuse lawyers serving New Glasgow may be able to assist you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation.
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No amount of money will be able to change the past or undo the wrongs committed against you. However, by working with our New Glasgow sexual abuse lawyers, you may be able to recover a sense of justice and accountability in addition to financial compensation for damages you have incurred.
To review the details of your case with our sensitive, compassionate sexual abuse lawyers serving New Glasgow and learn about options that may be available to you, book your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers today.