Sexual abuse to an innocent child or a vulnerable adult is deeply disturbing and unacceptable. The abuse happens far too often, and the actual number of victims of sex abuse can never be fully realized, because so many sexual abuse and child molestation acts go unreported. Sex abuse can take many forms, including child molestation, child prostitution, distribution of child pornography, lewd and lascivious behavior, nursing home abuse, rape, statutory rape, sexual assault and sexual voyeurism. Sexual abusers and molesters come from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Obtaining Compensation for Sexual Abuse and Child Molestation
In addition to criminal charges, victims of abuse may hold abusers financially liable for their injuries through a civil claim. Although no amount of money could ever undo the effects of an act of sexual abuse, compensation can help families obtain the care they need to heal, including money for medical treatment, psychological counseling and therapy for post traumatic stress disorder. An attorney with experience handling sexual abuse claims can help you maximize the value of your claim.
Institutional Liability for Sexual Abuse or Molestation
In addition to holding an abuser liable, Sacramento child molestation and sexual abuse attorneys can hold an institution such as a day care center, preschool, nursing home, hospital church or business financially responsible. Institutions have the responsibility to supervise their employees and protect others against abuse. The institution may be held liable if they failed to recognize warning signs of abuse, or negligently hired an employee with a history of abuse or molestation.
Symptoms of Molestation or Sexual Abuse
Symptoms of child molestation or sexual abuse include, but are not limited to:
- Change in social interaction with friends or family members
- Decreased self-esteem
- Delinquency and school conduct problems
- Dissociative symptoms
- Distorted view of sex or lack of interest in sex
- Eating disorders
- Fear, anxiety and panic attacks
- Fear of losing control in romantic relationships
- Inability to trust other people
- Inexplicable chronic pain including abdominal pain, nausea, headaches, backaches, shoulder pain and menstrual pain
- Outbursts of anger
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Problems at school including withdrawal, disruptive behaviors, inability to pay attention
- Refusal to go to school
- Regressive behaviors (thumb sucking, bedwetting, fear of the dark)
- Self-harmful behaviors: drug or alcohol addiction, excessive amount of time devoted to work or sports, self-destruction, prostitution
- Sleeping disorders or nightmares
- Social withdrawal or avoidance
- Startled response when touched
- Strong anxiety regarding parental separation
Free and Confidential Attorney Consultation
Victims of sexual abuse may be hesitant to talk about the situation and may even feel guilt for not somehow preventing the abuse. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and options under the law, and recover monetary compensation for you and/or your child’s pain and suffering. For more information or to set up a free and confidential case review, call a Sacramento child molestation and sexual abuse attorneys at Estey & Bomberger at (916) 903-5217, or visit our child molestation website.
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We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge a fee for our services unless we recovery money for your claim.