Denver Sexual Abuse Attorney
Someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds in the United States. Even with the trend toward greater support for sexual abuse victims in the last few years, it is estimated that fewer than 10% of sexual abuse cases are reported to the police. Sexual abuse leaves its victims so traumatized that in many cases they feel compelled to stay silent. In Denver, the Jordan Law firm is where victims have a voice. If you’ve been the victim of sexual abuse, you deserve compensation.
Abusers Thrive on Darkness
Sexual abusers prey on their victims both sexually and mentally. In many cases, the abuser takes advantage of making the victim feel there is no help to be had, no one who will listen if they speak up. These predators thrive on the positions of power or trust they exploit to keep their crimes hidden from the light.
In many cases, sexual abuse that happens in the workplace goes beyond harassment and offensive language. A boss or someone with authority at work may make the victim feel as his or her job or livelihood is at danger if they don’t submit to the boss’s sexual advances. A coworker may threaten to complain about your work or that you are not a “team player” if you do not keep silent about their abuse. This is not right. You have a right to expect that your workplace will be free of sexual abuse.
Positions of Trust
People who occupy roles as counselors, therapists, teachers, or clergy have an expectation of trust and safety. Unfortunately, many people in these positions violate that trust and prey on those they have a duty to aid and protect. Speaking out against these violators may feel exceptionally difficult because the perpetrators make their victims feel that no one will believe the allegations. Chances are, these people have already victimized others and will continue to do so. There is help available, and your voice can be heard.
Relationships Built on Trust
Opening your heart to a person takes a great deal of courage and trust. Close friends and associates with whom you spend time can give you a sense of security that allows you to be vulnerable around them. However, sexual abusers are often good at hiding their true personalities, and so it may come as a shock to learn your trust has been misplaced. If someone close to you has abused you, the pain of betrayal is great. You do not have to suffer in silence.
Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse takes a terrible toll on its victims that continues well beyond a particular event. You may have experienced medical problems requiring expensive medical treatment because of your abuse. Deep psychological trauma follows sexual abuse. Treatment is available, but recovery can take time and counseling costs money. Survivors are more likely to suffer from depression and PTSD, and to turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the pain of their abuse.
Even if no criminal charges are filed, or the abuser was not found guilty, you may still be able to collect compensation for the harm that was done to you. You have a voice, and you deserve to be heard.