Sexual Abuse Lawyers in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Sexual abusers must be held accountableIf you or a loved one were the victim of a sexual abuse or assault, contact Carlson Injury Law today to take the first steps toward the justice you deserve
The number of people sexually abused by priests, rabbis, other clergy members, scoutmasters, teachers, coaches and youth leaders is staggering, and the mental and emotional scars left in the wake of sexual abuse can last a lifetime. But tragically, most victims of sexual abuse are too embarrassed, ashamed and confused to seek the legal help they deserve. A further problem facing victims is finding a sexual abuse lawyer who possesses the necessary skills and experience to hold the abusers and the institutions that protect them accountable for their actions.
At Carlson Injury law we help victims of sexual abuse and assault, and understand how important it is for victims to get justice. Sexual abusers must be held accountable; likewise, people in a position of authority, who fail to protect those in their care, must be held responsible for what happens on their watch. If you or a loved one were the victim of a sexual abuse or assault, contact Carlson Injury Law today to take the first steps toward the justice you deserve.
What Is Sexual Assault?
The legal definition of sexual assault varies from state to state. But generally, sexual assault is defined as any form of unwanted touching or contact of a sexual nature. This includes everything from someone intentionally brushing up against you on a crowded subway to forced penetration with the use of a deadly weapon. Remember that any type of touching which you did not consent to may be considered assault. Also, keep in mind that the victim is never to blame for an assault. There is no good reason for another person to violate your boundaries.
Who Can Be The Victim Of Sexual Assault?
Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse. Although a large majority of rape victims are women, a CDC study found that 1 in 71 men in the US has been the victim of rape or attempted rape. However, these crimes are underreported for victims of all genders.
Men may hesitate to report because of a stigma associated with male rape victims or the common misconception that men cannot be raped. Women may fear that they won't be believed or that their attacker will retaliate against them. In either case, know that the police and those close to you are on your side.
Child sexual abuse is inappropriate physical or sexual contact between a child and an adult or older adolescent. Examples include direct sexual contact, indecent exposure of private body parts, child grooming, and the production of child pornography. This abuse causes devastating mental trauma which can stay with a child for the rest of their lives, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In roughly 90% of child sexual abuse cases, the offender is either a family member or acquaintance of the family. Many abusers seek positions of trust and authority to more easily commit their crimes, such as priests or Boy Scout leaders. It's important for parents to maintain an active role in their kid's lives and to teach them about boundaries regarding touching, private parts, and personal space.