Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Shedding Light on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs every April and is a time dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and educating individuals and communities so we can better prevent it.

It creates an opportunity for:

  • Open dialogue
  • Supporting victims and survivors
  • Advocating for change

The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to shed light on a topic that has been covered in shame and silence for far too long.

Shedding Light on Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) occurs every April and is a time dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence and educating individuals and communities so we can better prevent it.

It creates an opportunity for:

  • Open dialogue
  • Supporting victims and survivors
  • Advocating for change

The purpose of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to shed light on a topic that has been covered in shame and silence for far too long.

Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault is a pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Its effects are not only physical but also leave deep emotional scars that can last a lifetime.

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child. Shockingly, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators end up in prison. These statistics represent countess individuals whose lives are forever altered by the trauma of sexual abuse.

Many instances of sexual abuse go unreported. Confusion, denial, fear, shame and even repressing the memories of the event combine to keep victims from confiding to anyone, let alone reporting to the proper authorities.

Statute of Limitations (SOL)

In addition, the reality is that by the time victims do speak up, too much time has passed to take legal action. To combat this, the criminal statute of limitations has been thrown out in many states, including Missouri and Kansas. Currently, efforts are underway in various states to enact Statute of Limitation Revival Laws which would extend the time victims have to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser.

Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault is a pervasive issue that affects millions of individuals worldwide, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Its effects are not only physical but also leave deep emotional scars that can last a lifetime.

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, and every nine minutes, that victim is a child. Shockingly, only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators end up in prison. These statistics represent countess individuals whose lives are forever altered by the trauma of sexual abuse.

Many instances of sexual abuse go unreported. Confusion, denial, fear, shame and even repressing the memories of the event combine to keep victims from confiding to anyone, let alone reporting to the proper authorities.

Statute of Limitations (SOL)

In addition, the reality is that by the time victims do speak up, too much time has passed to take legal action. To combat this, the criminal statute of limitations has been thrown out in many states, including Missouri and Kansas. Currently, efforts are underway in various states to enact Statute of Limitation Revival Laws which would extend the time victims have to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser.

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How Can Sexual Abuse Lawyers Make a Difference?

One crucial aspect of this fight against sexual assault and abuse is legal advocacy. Sexual abuse lawyers play a pivotal role in providing victims and survivors with legal support and representation they need to seek justice and healing. Here’s how they can make a difference:

  1. Legal guidance and support: For survivors of sexual abuse, navigating the legal system can be difficult. Sexual abuse lawyers can help you understand the legal process, your rights, and options.
  2. Filing civil lawsuits: Victims have a right to file a lawsuit against their abuser and anyone else that can be held accountable including organizations, institutions or employers that failed to protect them.
  3. Empowerment and validation: Survivors often experience feelings of shame, guilt, and self-blame. Our sexual abuse lawyers give you the opportunity to share your experience without judgement.
  4. Access to resources: Beyond legal guidance, sexual abuse lawyers can provide organizations and advocacy groups for victims wanting to find a community that understands their needs.
  5. Advocacy for change: Sexual abuse is not just a legal issue; it’s a societal problem that requires real change. Our team of sexual abuse lawyers stand with victims and survivors at the forefront of advocacy efforts.

Next Steps Following Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Just one instance of sexual abuse is one too many. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to continue efforts to educate the public, as well as advocate and seek justice for survivors. The more aware the public is to the issue of sexual abuse, more action can be taken. This month and every month, let’s continue to stand with survivors by amplify their voices and reaffirming our collective commitment to ending sexual violence,

Call Monsees & Mayer today at (816) 361-5555 with any questions regarding your claim. We are here to help. 

Next Steps Following Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Just one instance of sexual abuse is one too many. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to continue efforts to educate the public, as well as advocate and seek justice for survivors. The more aware the public is to the issue of sexual abuse, more action can be taken. This month and every month, let’s continue to stand with survivors by amplify their voices and reaffirming our collective commitment to ending sexual violence,

Call Monsees & Mayer today at (816) 361-5555 with any questions regarding your claim. We are here to help. 

FAQs We Have Been Asked by Victims and Survivors

What are my rights after a sexual assault incident?

As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you have the right to safety, medical care and the option to report your abuse. In a civil claim, you have the right file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. You can seek compensation for physical, emotional and/or mental trauma you experienced. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, etc. Victims and survivors also have the right to ask for privacy and confidentiality throughout the legal process if you choose.

What will happen if I file a claim?

Filing a claim is a significant step towards seeking justice and healing. Once you file a claim, we will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence and build a strong case. Our goal is to ensure your rights are protected and your voice is heard. We negotiate with the involved parties, aiming for the victim to receive fair compensation for the trauma you’ve endured. If fair compensation cannot be met, we will fight viciously for you in court. We want victims/survivors we represent to get the opportunity to reclaim their life and get justice. Your well-being and justice are our top priorities, and we are committed to getting the right outcome for you.

Will my identity be protected if I file a lawsuit?

We understand the sensitive nature of sexual abuse cases, and protecting your privacy is a top priority. While legal proceedings are generally public, we can take steps to maintain your anonymity to the extent allowed by the law.

What happens after I file the report?

The police will investigate your report to determine appropriate next steps. This may involve interviewing witnesses, examining evidence, and questioning the perpetrator. The findings will then be reviewed by prosecutors to decide if criminal charges should be filed. You will be notified if an arrest is made or charges are brought against the perpetrator. However, if insufficient evidence is found, the case may be closed without further action. Filing a police report can be an important first step towards justice and preventing future abuse, even if it does not immediately lead to legal consequences.

Frequently Asked Questions We Have Been Asked by Victims and Survivors

What are my rights after a sexual assault incident?

As a victim/survivor of sexual assault, you have the right to safety, medical care and the option to report your abuse. In a civil claim, you have the right file a personal injury lawsuit against the perpetrator. You can seek compensation for physical, emotional and/or mental trauma you experienced. This can include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, etc. Victims and survivors also have the right to ask for privacy and confidentiality throughout the legal process if you choose.

What will happen if I file a claim?

Filing a claim is a significant step towards seeking justice and healing. Once you file a claim, we will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence and build a strong case. Our goal is to ensure your rights are protected and your voice is heard. We negotiate with the involved parties, aiming for the victim to receive fair compensation for the trauma you’ve endured. If fair compensation cannot be met, we will fight viciously for you in court. We want victims/survivors we represent to get the opportunity to reclaim their life and get justice. Your well-being and justice are our top priorities, and we are committed to getting the right outcome for you.

Will my identity be protected if I file a lawsuit?

We understand the sensitive nature of sexual abuse cases, and protecting your privacy is a top priority. While legal proceedings are generally public, we can take steps to maintain your anonymity to the extent allowed by the law.

Can I file a civil claim if my abuser was not criminally charged (was acquitted, no police report filed, etc)?

Yes, you can file a civil claim even if your abuser was not criminally charged. As well as if criminal charges were not pursued. Civil claims and criminal charges are separate legal actions with different standards of proof. In a civil claim related to sexual abuse, the focus is on seeking compensation for the harm you have suffered. Consult with an attorney to assess your legal options and determine the best course of action based on your unique circumstances.

Contact Our Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse, it is important to contact a specialized lawyer who can help navigate the legal process and seek compensation for the trauma that has been endured. It is important to seek assistance from professionals who are experienced and knowledgeable in handling such sensitive cases. Contact our office to speak with our sexual abuse lawyers today.