Sexual Abuse

Serving Daytona, Deltona and Palm Coast

(updated 2/22/2017)

Sexual abuse is a sensitive subject, and a serious crime, that often goes unreported. Victims can feel embarrassed and ashamed, and understandably choose to remain silent after an incident. If you’ve ever heard anyone speak openly about their experience with abuse you cannot help admire their courage. A civil action lawsuit against responsible parties can also bring valuable attention to this subject.

There are different types of sexual abuse – rape, assault, harassment, and molestation. Regardless of what you may have endured, you can find resources online for getting help, including the directory at  Florida’s Council Against Sexual Violence. As more victims speak out we will continue to develop better treatments and ways to prevent abuse from happening.

 Because perpetrators are often troubled, criminal penalties do not always deter their actions. Avoiding situations where abuse might occur must be part of the prevention plan, and one of the most effective ways to do that is hold every party that had some responsibility in maintaining an abuse free environment accountable .

Parties in a Position to Prevent Abuse

Abuse can happen almost anywhere, but it often takes place in facilities where management has failed to create the safest situation possible. Schools, nurseries, nursing homes, and other similar businesses are all places responsible for a vulnerable class of people. Abuse is often committed by someone who interacts regularly with the victim, and has earned his or her trust. In many instances however, that person should never have been trusted to work there in the first place. Where a business failed to take precaution against situations where abuse might be likely to occur, they may be held liable.

Some of the responsibilities of these organizations include:

  • Providing secure premises (sufficient lighting and staffing)
  • Conducting personal background checks on employees
  • Properly reporting incidents of abuse to authorities
  • Preventing known abusers from interacting with potential victims, or from working at the facility at all

For the victims and families involved with sexual abuse the consequences can be complicated. Whether it was a random attack or exploitation by an acquaintance, trust is shattered. Mental distress is common. In some cases victims will block out the experience entirely, only for the pain to resurface years later. 

Even in those instances a civil suit against responsible organizations should be explored, as the statute of limitations may not start to run until the recent manifestations. We want all victims of abuse to get help, and we are here to confidentially discuss something that has happened to you. You can call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation. Get the compensation you deserve.

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