In recent years, the number of claims of sexual abuse has increased drastically around the country. Statistics from the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN) state that there are about 293,000 cases of sexual abuse in America each year. They also reported that 68% of these abuses are not reported to police.
Victims of sexual abuse are often afraid to accuse their attackers, particularly in the case of children. That does not mean that victims cannot seek monetary compensation because they were initially too afraid to report the abuse.
Meyers & Flowers offers a no-charge initial consultation to victims of sexual abuse to review their case and to let them know they have nothing to fear should they decide to proceed. Retaining a top sexual abuse lawyer in Chicago supported by an elite team of legal specialists provides a shield to sexual abuse victims who otherwise would not pursue their case.
Sexual assault can occur in many ways…
Sexual assault covers more than rape which is the most commonly reported form of sexual abuse. Any unwanted touching or fondling of sexually sensitive areas of the body can be considered sexual assault. It is no protection for the assailant that the touching occurred through clothing or that the contact was done by an object. If the touching was against the will of the victim, it is sexual assault.
Consent is a pivotal issue in sexual assault cases. The defense will almost always assert that the contact was consensual or that the victim is mistaken or delusional. However, children as well as people with diminished capacity cannot give consent no matter what is implied. This includes people under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as those who cannot understand the nature of the act.
Also, it is no defense that the victim did not verbally object. Meyers & Flowers has advocated for many victims of sexual abuse committed by a doctor, therapist or teacher. These are professions that naturally create a dependent relationship with people in reduced states of ability due to illness or experience.
Being victimized by someone who is supposed to care for or heal another is particularly egregious and can result in professional licenses to be cancelled, thus protecting future potential sexual abuse victims. As these cases are sensitive and emotionally upsetting, retaining a top sexual abuse lawyer will protect Chicago victims from having to deal with the very person who abused them.
No matter who is accused of the abuse, whether it involves an educational or religious institution or if the abuse went unreported for several years, top Chicago law firm Meyers & Flowers will connect you with a sexual abuse lawyer standing ready to protect abuse victims, understanding the courage needed to come forward with such allegations.
Our sexual abuse lawyers help victims of sexual abuse and their families obtain the confidence to confront the responsible parties and hold them accountable for the irreparable harm caused by such predatory conduct.
Not only do the sexual abuse lawyers at Meyers & Flowers seek to maximize the victims compensation additionally, when institutions are involved, they seek changes in hiring policies, supervision procedures and other changes to protocol in order to minimize the risk of future abuse. Institutions that are proven to be negligent in their supervision duties or hiring policies are liable to pay damages to victims of their negligence.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual abuse, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and avoid any legal limitations for filing a claim.
It costs nothing to meet with our sexual abuse lawyers lawyers in Chicago or our St. Charles office for a free consultation. There will be no fee unless we win your case.