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Illinois Sexual Abuse Lawyers

Sexual abuse remains one of the most damaging, traumatic experiences anyone can endure. Statistics maintained by the Bureau of Justice show that cases involving rape and sexual assault in America nearly tripled between 2014 and 2018 from 284,345 reported incidents to 734,632. When the sexual assault victim is incapacitated, or a child, the lifelong impact can be even more devastating. The abuse is often caused by a breach of trust from a spiritual leader, camp counselor, coach, relative, teacher, or caregiver, leaving the victim with lifelong emotional, sexual, psychological, and mental scarring.

If you were sexually abused, you are likely entitled to receive financial compensation for your damages. Receiving the monetary recovery you deserve can help in your healing, especially if the perpetrator is never held criminally liable. The caring network of affiliate attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, will use complicated state tort laws on your behalf to resolve your case to ensure that the sexual abuser is held financially responsible.

Reporting Sexual Abuse

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center claims that most cases involving sexual abuse go unreported due to numerous factors. Victims may choose to keep quiet and not report the incident to law enforcement or tell others what happened due to:

  • A concern that they will not be believed
  • A sense of shame or embarrassment
  • Fear of retaliation from the sexual abuser
  • Distrust in the police
  • Pressure from family and friends not to tell
  • A desire to protect the sexual abuser
  • Believing there is insufficient evidence

Facts from those who report their sexual abuse experience reveal that approximately fifty-five percent of all incidents involving sexual assault occurred near or at the victim’s residence. About eight percent of sexual crimes occurred on school property, and ten percent happened in an enclosed area like a public garage or parking lot. Twelve percent of all cases involving sexual assault occurred near or at a relative’s home, and the remaining fifteen percent happened in public places. Usually, during the sexual abuse incident, the victim was:

  • Performing an activity near or at their residence, including sleeping (40%)
  • Going to and from school or were out doing errands (29%)
  • At work (12%)
  • Attending school (7%)
  • Participating in some other activity (5%)
Surviving Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is often defined as sexual violence involving sexual activity without consent. The victim might know the assaulter, who might be a formal or current intimate partner, friend, family member, neighbor, coworker, or others.

Legally, sexual abuse can be simply defined as unwanted sexual conduct that at least involves touching or fondling in a sexual nature. However, the abuse can extend much further, including:

  • Sexual assault involving any action of a sexual nature done without the consent of the other
  • Rape involving inserting objects or a bodily organ into the sexual organ of the female without consent
  • Sodomy involving inserting objects or a bodily organ into another’s mouth or anus without consent
  • Incest involving sexual assault or abuse by a family member
  • Attempted rape of inserting an object or bodily organ into the sexual organ of a female without consent
  • Serial rape involving repeated acts of rape by the same perpetrator over time
  • Gang rape carried out by at least two sexual attackers
  • Taking sexually inappropriate photographs of adults or children for distribution or personal use
  • Watching others in a private sexual act without their permission or knowledge
  • Witnessing another masturbating in public
  • Sexual harassment that might involve:
  • An indecent act involving sexual satisfaction, stimulation, or humiliation
  • Repeatedly propositioning for sexual acts or favors to another not interested in engaging in the activity
  • Repeatedly remarking about another’s sexuality and harassing the victim not interested in participating in the activity
  • Humiliating or degrading remarks made to a person on their sexuality including sexual orientation
  • Publishing or uploading a recording, video or picture of another without consent that focuses on their sexuality to degrade or humiliate the person

More than one in three females will experience sexual assault involving sexual contact at some point during their lifetime. Additionally, one in four males will also experience violent sexual contact during their life.

Sexual Abuse Consequences

The devastating trauma occurring from sexual abuse often creates chronic consequences where the victim develops PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), or experiences recurring cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, gynecological, and sexual health problems. The event can create negative health behaviors for victims who follow their impulses and engage in risky sexual behavior, use illegal drugs, smoke excessively, or abuse alcohol.

Elder Sexual Abuse

Elder sexual abuse involves a lack of consent by the senior citizen when they are not interested in participating in the activity, or due to dementia or mental illness and cannot communicate a response. Sexually assaulting an older adult is a heinous crime against one of the most vulnerable members of society. Typically, sexual abuse incidents leave victims with emotional and physical scars. Indicators that an elderly loved one was sexually assaulted could include:

  • An unexplained pelvic injury
  • Stained, bloody, or torn underwear
  • An unexplained sexually transmitted disease
  • Difficulty when sitting or walking
  • Panic attacks
  • Bleeding, pain or irritation of the genitals or anus
  • Unexplained agitation
  • The signs and symptoms associated with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Bruising of the inner thigh or genitals
  • Emotional or social withdrawal
  • Engaging in aggressive, unusual or inappropriate sexual activities
  • Suicidal ideation (thoughts of suicide) or suicidal attempts

According to the National Institute of Justice, cases involving sexually abused senior citizens are less likely to end in a conviction of the sexual perpetrator. It is often challenging for older men and women to find someone to believe that they were abused, especially if there are no apparent signs of physical trauma.

Illinois Sexual Abuse Injury Attorneys can Help

Many victims of sexual abuse never seek financial compensation, remaining fearful of the legal process. However, obtaining legal counsel can provide you protection and the fullest monetary compensation allowed by law. The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, help those who were sexually molested, abused or assaulted and treat the victims with the sensitivity and respect they deserve. If you were sexually injured, contact our legal team now at (888) 424-5757 to discuss your case with complete confidentiality.

We accept all sexual abuse cases through a contingency fee agreement with our “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This arrangement ensures you pay only after we obtain financial compensation through a settlement or verdict on your behalf.

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