Sexual abuse involves an exploitation of authority, trust, or dependency. If an adult uses their position of power to manipulate, threaten, or otherwise coerce someone in their care to engage in non-consensual sexual activity, they have committed sexual abuse.
The perpetrators of sexual abuse often use their positions within a larger community or organization to prey upon people who trust them or rely on them. Oftentimes, the victims of a sexual abuser are children, teenagers, or members of vulnerable populations.
Most cases of sexual abuse involve a perpetrator with whom the victim has a pre-existing relationship. Examples of people who could exploit their authority over a young or vulnerable person to engage in sexual activity often include:
- Religious figures
- Sports coaches
- Camp counsellors
- Foster parents
- Guards at correctional facilities
- Psychiatric hospital staff
- And more
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.
As a direct result of the abuse they endured, survivors of sexual abuse often incur significant financial losses. These losses are often related to psychological counselling, psychiatric treatment, or other methods for addressing the emotional and psychological effects of their abuse. Additionally, debilitating mental health developed by sexual abuse survivors could make it impossible for them to pursue educational opportunities or vocational training. As a result, in addition to incurring financial losses related to mental health counselling, sexual abuse survivors could suffer reduced future earning capabilities.
If you were the victim of abuse, you may be able to pursue a civil claim against your abuser. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to pursue actions against the organization that employed them or introduced you to them, as well.
Organizations that learn about abuses committed by members of their staff or their volunteers have an obligation to report the crime to the proper authorities and swiftly remove the offending abuser from their position. If an organization learns that one of its employees or volunteers has perpetrated sexual abuse but fails to take any measures, they may be considered contributorily negligent. As such, they may be liable for damages incurred by the victims of sexual abuse whom they failed to protect.
Our sexual abuse lawyers serving Yarmouth may be able to help you recover damages you have incurred as a result of your traumatic experience. Our Yarmouth sexual abuse lawyers have a history of representing the best interests of survivors and are committed to bringing abusers in the community to justice.
To review the details of your case with our sexual abuse lawyers serving Yarmouth, call Preszler Injury Lawyers as soon as you feel able and receive a free initial consultation.
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In this province, there is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims. That means, no matter how far in the past your abuse took place, you may still be eligible to recover financial compensation.
To learn more about how our Yarmouth sexual abuse lawyers may be able to provide you with assistance, book your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.