According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 200,000 people are sexually abused in the United States every year. Sadly, because instances of sexual abuse and assault tend to be underreported, it is likely the true number of victims is higher.
Sexual abuse victims don’t always come forward for various reasons. Some keep quiet about their experiences because they are not familiar with their rights.
If you have been the victim of sexual abuse, or you believe your child has, contact a lawyer to discuss your legal options. A Cherry Hill, New Jersey sex abuse attorney at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. can help you pursue the justice you deserve.
REPRESENTATING CHILD VICTIMS OF SEX ABUSE IN CHERRY HILL
It is not uncommon for victims of sexual abuse to be children. Because there tend to be numerous authority figures in a child’s life, unfortunately, many individuals have the power to sexually abuse children. Such individuals may include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
- Family friends
- Religious leaders
- Physicians and other medical professionals
- Camp counselors
This is not an exhaustive list. What is most important to understand is that, because those who sexually abuse children are often authority figures, children who have been the victims of sexual assault are often reluctant to tell others about their experiences. Signs that a child has been or is being sexually abused include:
- New, unexplained nightmares
- Changes in behavior, such as becoming more distant or distracted than usual
- Changes in eating habits
- Referencing sexual topics or writing/drawing sexual content
- Talking about an older “friend” who others may be unfamiliar with
- New, unexplained fear of certain people, places, or situations
Sexual abuse may not be the only explanation for these developments. Regardless, if you notice them, carefully and calmly ask a child about them. You may even consider asking a child’s pediatrician if they can recommend a specialist who may be qualified to investigate the matter.
HELPING ADULT SEX ABUSE VICTIMS PURSUE JUSTICE IN CHERRY HILL
Adults may also be the victims of sexual abuse and sexual assault. They may be the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of such parties as:
- Friends and acquaintances
- Long-term romantic partners
- Doctors and other healthcare workers
- Nursing home staff and caregivers
- Employers and coworkers
Being the victim of sexual abuse at any age can be a profoundly distressing experience. Although no one can change what has already happened to a victim, sexual abuse survivors should know they can at least hold their abusers accountable by taking legal action.
Don’t hesitate to do so if you or your child has been sexually abused. The statute of limitations establishes a deadline for filing a sexual abuse lawsuit in New Jersey. Get in touch with an experienced Cherry Hill sex abuse law firm promptly to minimize the chances of your abuser escaping justice.
CONTACT A CHERRY HILL, NJ SEX ABUSE ATTORNEY
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our team of compassionate and dedicated Cherry Hill sex abuse attorneys is prepared to offer the representation you or your child deserve in these painful circumstances. We will diligently investigate your case to gather evidence proving you or your child have been victimized by an abuser. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 215-929-7216 to schedule a free consultation.