Nobody ever wants to think they their loved one has been the victim of sexual abuse. However, it happens more than most people think. And, it can be at the hands of a stranger, family member, teacher or mentor. When this happens, you need to turn to sexual abuse lawyers in Los Angeles.
The thing about sexual abuse is that it leaves a lot more than physical scars. The mental and emotional scars inflicted by sexual abuse can last forever. Many people suffer from mental and emotional distress for the rest of their lives.
This is why the compassionate lawyers at Dalimonte Rueb, LLP in California are committed to helping victims of sexual abuse and assault get the justice they deserve. The people who cause the abuse need to be held accountable. It’s also important that we prevent these people from hurting more people in the future.
Even if someone didn’t directly commit the sexual abuse or assault, there are people in positions of authority who are charged with protecting the people in their care. If the abuse takes place on their watch, they also need to be held accountable.
If you or your loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse or assault, you should call Dalimonte Rueb, LLP today. You can speak with an experienced attorney who will help you get the justice you deserve. Call (833) 44-DRLAW or complete our online free consultation form to get started. We respect our clients’ privacy. Rest assured your information will remain confidential.
What is Sexual Abuse?
In order to know if you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse, it’s important that you understand exactly what sexual abuse is. Of course, every state has their own legal definition of sexual abuse. However, generally, it’s any behavior that involves unwanted sexual contact.
- Sexual abuse covers a range of behaviors, including the following:
- Fondling and touching of a sexual nature
- Showing children explicit images
- Exposing children to sexually charged language
- Exposing children to pornography
- Taking inappropriate photos of a child for personal use or distribution
- Requesting that a minor send pictures or videos of themselves in an inappropriate manner
- Revealing one’s private parts to a child
- Oral sex
Sexual abuse usually involves an abuse of power. Some of the factors that contribute to sexual abuse are:
Sometimes, a person who holds a position of authority over their victim will sexually abuse them. They do this by taking advantage of the fact that they are, indeed, in power over their victim. Examples of this would be a teacher or coach becoming involved with one of their students on a sexual basis. The student may feel that they have to allow the behavior so they don’t get into trouble.
As despicable as it may seem, there are adults who take sexual advantage of minors. Unfortunately, a large number of sexual abuse victims are children. They become victims simply because they’re too small and young to stop it. They have no way to protect themselves from the abuse. Studies show that children who are victims of sexual abuse tend to suffer from a variety of mental health issues, including:
- Substance abuse problems and
- Personality disorders.
One reason women tend to be victims of sexual abuse more often than men has to do with their size. Naturally, someone who is physically larger than their victim will have no problem overtaking their victim.
Sexual predators sometimes choose to abuse children and mentally handicapped people because they are especially vulnerable. Often times, people don’t believe victims of sexual abuse and believe instead that they’re fabricating their stories.
The expert legal staff at Dalimonte Rueb in Los Angeles are prepared to handle all of these types of cases. They will strive to get you and your loved one justice.
What are Some of the Effects of Sexual Abuse?
People who are the victims of sexual abuse often suffer emotionally, mentally and physically. Sometimes, they suffer more from a fear of reporting the abuse than they do the abuse itself. They keep it a secret and it festers until they become anxious, fearful and depressed.
Sexual abuse victims also tend to have unhealthy attitudes toward sex. They have difficulties forming romantic relationships as a result of their abuse.
It’s important to be aware of the signs that a child is the victim of sexual abuse. Some of these sign mays include:
- Sudden changes in behavior – at home, in school and socially
- Their grades suffer and they don’t participate in class the way they used to
- Depression and low self-esteem
- Low sense of self-worth
- Unhealthy attitudes toward sex
- Obsessed with sex – reading material, movies, etc.
If your child is exhibiting any of these things, you need to contact a medical professional right away. It’s ultimately your job to protect your child. Other professionals also have a duty to protect children. Some of these professionals include:
- Health professionals
- School employees
- Social Workers
- Law enforcement
Sadly, not everyone takes this duty seriously. Sexual abuse lawyers have handled many cases where, unfortunately, children aren’t protected the way they should be.
What is Sexual Assault?
While sexual abuse includes a range of unwanted attention, sexual assault is more of a physical affront. It includes any unwanted sexual contact or behavior that takes place without the consent of the victim.
The law considers all acts of molestation and unwanted sexual advances as sexual assault. This may include, but isn’t limited to, the following acts:
- Attempted rape
- Forcible sodomy
- Forced sexual intercourse
- Child molestation
It’s no surprise that many victims of sexual assault don’t report the behavior. They’re afraid to do so for a myriad of reasons. These reasons include:
- They’re afraid people won’t believe them
- They don’t think their accusations will be taken seriously
- The entire situation just makes them uncomfortable
- They’re embarrassed
- They’re in denial
- Fear of retaliation
Sexual assault survivors have a right to justice. They have a right to let their stories be heard. They also have a right to take legal action against their attacker. The attorneys at Dalimonte Rueb, LLP will treat you with the respect you deserve. They’ll prepare your case and do everything in their power to get you the justice you deserve.
Sexual Abuse and Assault Statistics
With all the stories on the news, these days about sexual abuse scandals, sex abuse, and assault statistics will come as no surprise. These statistics are shocking and disturbing.
- 17% of boys and 25% of girls will face sexually assault before the age of 18 according to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- 93% of juvenile victims know their attacker
- The U.S. Department of Justice’s National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) reports that only 30 percent of all sexual assault cases are actually reported to the authorities
- Almost 40 percent of all sex abuse victims have problems forming and maintaining relationships later in life.
- Sexual abuse victims are more likely to suffer from depression and suicidal thoughts
- In 2017, the National Crime Victimization Survey released by the Department of Justice reported that someone in this country is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds
Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Lawyers
CNN has reported that over 8,000 people in this country are survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of members of the Catholic Church. They have received over $3.8 billion in restitution from the church.
While 8,000 may seem like a high number of victims in this country, experts estimate that the number is probably closer to 100,000. If you or your loved one have been sexually abused by a Catholic priest or clergy member, we are here to help.
Southern Baptist Church Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Attorneys
It’s not only the Catholic Church who has been found liable for sexual abuse. Almost 400 Southern Baptist Church leaders and volunteers have been accused or charged with sexual abuse over the last twenty (20) years.
The cases filed against the South Baptist Church have involved sexual abuse, molestation, rape, and impregnation. There have been over 700 victims who’ve come forward so far. Currently, Dalimonte Rueb is accepting sexual abuse cases all over the country, including Los Angeles.
If you or your loved one have been sexually abused at the hands of the Southern Baptist Church, contact our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.
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If you or your loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse or assault, you need to contact an experienced lawyer at Dalimonte Rueb, LLP. They can review your case and answer any questions you may have.
Our compassionate attorneys will listen to your story and keep your information confidential. Call today and schedule your free initial consultation. You deserve justice and Dalimonte Rueb, LLP. will make sure the guilty party is held accountable.