San Antonio Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Sadly, one out of every six women in the United States will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. There are 272,350 reported cases of sexual assault in any given year, and an untold number of cases are never even reported. Someone is sexually assaulted every 2 minutes in the United States. Unfortunately, these numbers do not include the many cases of abuse and harassment that occur every day that go unreported. For the sufferer, it is a traumatic, embarrassing, and confusing experience.
Anyone may succumb to sexual abuse, but each case is unique, and the KRW sexual abuse lawyers treat cases as such. We understand and empathize with the emotional, physical, and mental anguish that has occurred, along with the difficulties and courage it took to come forward. Because of the shame, confusion, and denial, many victims do not report the abuse until long after it has occurred, possibly even months or years.
What Constitutes Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse includes any type of interaction or contact that has the intention of sexually stimulating the predator. This includes inappropriate touching, display of body parts, child pornography, unwanted contact, and even lewd harassment. A victim of this type of harassment does not include just women. It may happen to anyone – men, women, children, the elderly, coworkers, and so on. Sexual abuse of children is any type of sexual contact or activity, and any sexual contact of an adult to a minor is considered abuse.
Many children who have been the victims of sexual abuse do not understand what is happening, or they are concerned that their story may not be believed. This leads to many unreported cases, leaving a child without the help that they so desperately need. Unfortunately, a family’s disbelief or embarrassment may cause the victim to attempt to forget the ordeal by burying the incident, often leading to self-destructive behaviors. These behaviors may occur years later, showing themselves as drug abuse, alcoholism, trust issues, and even sexual harassment.
The lingering effects of sexual abuse are extremely devastating and may completely change an individual’s personality. Many abuse victims will lock away this shameful memory as part of the denial process. Because of this denial, children and teens who have been the victims of sexual abuse often do not confront these issues until adulthood.
San Antonio Sexual Abuse Lawyers
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Hold Your Perpetrator Accountable
Sexual assault is a crime. However, it is also a matter that may be taken up in a civil lawsuit against the perpetrator. As a victim of sexual assault, abuse, or harassment, you have the right to force the person that assaulted, abused, or harassed you to stand up in court and be held accountable for his or her actions.
In criminal court, the perpetrator must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. However, in a civil lawsuit, the standard of proof is much lower. In a civil suit, the jury may only have to believe it is more likely than not that the perpetrator committed the act. Even if the perpetrator is not charged criminally, you may still file a civil suit for sexual assault, abuse, or harassment.
Many victims of sexual assault may be reluctant to file suit against their attacker. They may just want it all to go away. However, often the best way to begin the healing process may be to fight back. Our sexual abuse attorneys are here to help you do just that. We will handle your case with sensitivity and we will fight for your rights.
Get In Touch With Ketterman Rowland & Westlund
Those who have gone through the unfortunate tragedy of sexual abuse may find triumph by coming forward, telling the authorities, and receiving help. This courageous inspiration is what drives the sexual abuse attorneys at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund to represent these individuals and aid them with their healing process. Part of this healing process may include a sexual abuse lawsuit. We attempt everything within our power in hopes that another victim will not have to suffer from the horrible sexual abuse of the perpetrator again. Our goal, as sexual abuse attorneys, is to aid our clients through the healing process by offering legal guidance and protection. No matter what has happened in the past, know that you do not have to suffer in silence any longer.
The sexual abuse attorneys at KRW Injury Lawyers are ready to take up your case and hold your perpetrator accountable for their actions. We are here to help you on the first steps towards recovery by being a legal ally to aggressively defend your case!
Call (210) 490-4357 to set up a hassle free appointment with one of our attorneys today!