The survivors of sexual abuse often develop acute emotional and psychological difficulties. This is especially true of people who were abused as children or teenagers. The traumatic effects of enduring abuse can plague survivors for years or even decades to come.
The perpetrators of sexual abuse capitalize on an imbalance of power between themselves and their victims. Oftentimes, they are people who hold a position of trust or authority within the framework of a larger organization (e.g. schools, religious institutions, sports leagues, etc). In other cases, the perpetrators of sexual abuse are adults upon whom young or vulnerable people are dependent (e.g. foster parents, correctional facility guards, etc). When these people exploit their positions of authority to manipulate, coerce, threaten, or otherwise force the people in their care to engage in non-consensual sexual activity, they have committed sexual abuse.
Children are not capable of giving informed consent for sexual activity; nor are teenagers who have reached the age of consent, if their adult partner holds a position of trust or authority over them. For example, a teenager who has still not reached the age of majority but has reached the age of consent is not legally considered capable of consenting to participate in sexual activities with their high school teacher. Rather, if a teacher coerces a teenage student into engaging in sexual activity, they have committed a form of sexual abuse referred to as sexual exploitation.
Sexual abuse often occurs within the larger structure of organizations or institutions that cater to young or vulnerable people. If an organization’s leadership becomes aware that one of their employees or volunteers has sexually abused someone in their care, the organization has a responsibility to report the crime to the police and remove the individual from their staff. Unfortunately, certain organizations have a reputation for turning a blind eye to abuse among their ranks.
When organizations fail to take appropriate actions in the face of sexual abuse, they effectively condone this criminal behaviour. By allowing the cycle of abuse to continue perpetuating itself in a consequence-free environment, organizations can put even more young and vulnerable people at risk of enduring abuse and enduring the psychological repercussions for the rest of their lives. This is a form of sexual abuse referred to as systemic or institutional sexual abuse.
If you were the victim of sexual abuse, no matter how far in the past your abuse occurred, you may be entitled to financial compensation. There is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims in this province. And while financial compensation will not change the past or right the wrongs that have been done to you, pursuing a civil claim for damages you have incurred because of your abuse may help you find a sense of closure and justice for the crimes committed against you.
During a free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers, our sexual abuse lawyers serving Sydney Mines may be able to provide you with important legal advice. If you are eligible to pursue a claim, our Sydney Mines sexual abuse lawyers may be able to help you recover financial compensation from abuser and, depending on the circumstances of your case, from the organization that employed them or introduced you to them.
Our sexual abuse lawyers serving Sydney Mines appreciate how challenging it can be to discuss traumatic events of the past. However, our Sydney Mines sexual abuse lawyers are committed to bringing abusers in the region to justice. We are passionate about helping the clients we represent recover the compensation they deserve.
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