In the United States alone, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will become victims of sexual abuse. To make matters worse, sexual abuse is one of the most under-reported crimes, so aside from estimates, no one knows for certain how many children fall victim to sexual predators.
Sexual predators look like everyone else. They have jobs, coach little league, teach, operate day care centers, act as youth pastors and serve as leaders in youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America. No one looks like a sexual predator. Hence, children fall victim to people who look and act trustworthy and credible. Chances are good that the perpetrator is someone you and your child know well.
Children who have been abused have a greater tendency to become abusers themselves. Moreover, a victim of sexual abuse is statistically more likely to be re-victimized by future assaults and abuse. The long-term effects are devastating; depression, alcoholism, drug dependency, anxiety, insomnia and other self-destructive behavior are all common attributes of sexual abuse victims. Future relationships may become difficult. Victims find it difficult to trust adults. In sum, the coercion and manipulation that invariably accompanies sexual abuse can have devastating lifetime consequences.
Pursuing a case for sexual abuse or molestation of a child should only be undertaken by an attorney with experience in this field. These are not car wreck cases. Making a perpetrator, his employer or the organization with which he or she is associated financially responsible for the outrageous conduct and consequences of child abuse is a complicated and tortured course. Many insurance policies that might otherwise provide compensation to victims for wrongful acts are written to limit or exclude coverage for sexual abuse or molestation. Only attorneys with experience in navigating the complicated provisions of insurance policies have consistent success in obtaining compensation for victims. Moreover, a high standard of proof exists to pin the responsibility for abuse on the organizations that employ or associate with perpetrators. It is not sufficient, alone, that a religious organization, for example, employs a youth pastor who abuses the young congregation members or parishioners. The employer or organization must know of or have some reason to know of the abuse or the likelihood of abuse.
Such cases are also complicated in their frequent reliance on expert witnesses. Experts are frequently called upon to help establish a “standard of care” as to how an organization or employer should have conducted itself to help protect victims. Moreover, the consequences of sexual abuse are so vast that victims deserve the careful analysis of experts in establishing and explaining the array of damages suffered.
At Monsees & Mayer we are committed to preventing sexual abuse in all forms. We devote a significant portion of our practice to victims of sexual abuse and securing on their behalf the compensation needed to get the care and treatment dearly needed to navigate the troubled waters to coping and recovering.
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