Sexual abusers often exploit an imbalance of power between themselves and their victims in order to engage in non-consensual sexual activities. Abusers take advantage of the trust placed in them by their victims or abuse their positions of authority within a larger organization to prey upon young or vulnerable people in their care. Abusers may use their victim’s dependence on them to threaten, blackmail, or coerce them into engaging in unwanted sexual activities.
People who have been sexually abused are forced to live with the emotional and psychological turmoil that follows being the victim of exploitation. Being victimized can have profound, far-reaching effects on a person’s overall quality of life, especially if they were abused as children. Some sexual abuse survivors develop addictive behaviours, engage in self-harm, and in many truly unfortunate circumstances, attempt or complete suicide.
If you are in distress, contact the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 833-456-4566.
Overcoming the emotional and psychological repercussions of being victimized by a sexual abuser can be a long, challenging, and expensive process. As a result of the abuse they were forced to endure, survivors of sexual abuse often incur financial losses. These monetary losses may be related to:
- Psychological counselling
- Psychiatric treatment
- Prescription medications
- Failure to reach potential
- Reduced earning capabilities
- Lost wages
- And more
In this province, there is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims. That means, even if your abuse took place many years in the past, you may still be able to pursue a civil claim to recover financial compensation for damages you incurred as a result of the trauma you endured.
Although no amount of money will be able to undo the wrongs committed against you, by pursuing a civil claim, you may be able to recover compensation from the person who abused you. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to pursue a claim against the organization that hired your abuser, as well.
Organizations that employed sexual abusers may be considered contributorily negligent if they were aware that one of their staff members was using their position to sexually exploit people in their care and took no steps to address the matter responsibly. Upon learning that one of their employees or volunteers was taking advantage of their authority over others to engage in non-consensual sexual activity, the organization’s leadership should report the crime to the authorities and remove the sexual abuser from their position immediately. Failing to take these common-sense actions could, essentially, allow the cycle of abuse to continue perpetuating itself. By turning a blind eye to this reprehensible crime, an institution’s leadership essentially puts more people at risk of being abused. Organizations who have perpetuated systemic or institutional sexual abuse may also be liable for damages incurred by the victims of their inaction.
Our sexual abuse lawyers serving Sackville appreciate how difficult it can be to discuss traumatic experiences from the past. Our Sackville sexual abuse lawyers offer all prospective clients a free initial consultation, wherein survivors can feel safe reviewing the details of their case. To learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to assist you in your pursuit of justice, accountability, and restitution, schedule your free initial consultation with our sexual abuse lawyers serving Sackville.
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Our Sackville sexual abuse lawyers are committed to helping abuse survivors in the local community, and to bringing abusers in the region to justice. To review options that may be available to you, book your free initial consultation with our sexual abuse lawyers serving Sackville by contacting Preszler Injury Lawyers.