Sexual abuse is devastating for victims and is a major problem in our society. When you turn on the news each day, you are likely to see stories of sexual assault and they often involve celebrities, people society looks up to.
However, we want everyone to understand that this is not just a problem for famous or wealthy people. Sexual assault happens all the time.
Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. recognizes that victims of sexual assault can have deep emotional scars that last a lifetime. When you need a Staten Island sexual assault attorney, call us today so we can work on securing the compensation you deserve.
What Is Sexual Assault?
Many people do not understand that sexual assault includes many things that can happen to someone, all of which are detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional well-being. Sexual assault includes:
- Any unwanted or non-consensual sexual act performed on someone or in which someone was forced to perform.
- Any unwanted sexual touching over or underneath the clothing.
- Exposure to or being forced to watch sex acts or pornography.
- Someone exposing themselves to you.
- Sexual harassment, including making inappropriate sexual comments.
Where Does Sexual Assault Occur?
Most people think of sexual assault and rape happening in a dark alley with the perpetrator being a stranger. However, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center says that In eight of 10 cases of rape, the victim knows the perpetrator.
Sexual assault can happen in the:
- Schools and universities
- Healthcare settings
In many cases, sexual assault happens in the victim’s own home or in the home of someone they know and trust. The victim can be a close acquaintance or even an intimate partner. We want to stress that sexual assault can be committed by a person’s partner or spouse if the acts are not consensual.
How Often Does This Happen?
The “Me Too” movement has shown us that sexual assault is a major problem in this country and it pervades all aspect of society. One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped during their lifetime. That is a staggering number.
Victims of sexual assault often develop serious emotional and psychological problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many victims say that their personal and work lives are permanently affected due to an assault. It is vital that victims get the help and counseling they deserve.
An Attorney Can Help You Now
Whether a sexual assault has recently occurred or you are just discovering that a sexual assault happened to you in the past, let us help. We recognize that these cases can become complicated, but Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. will be by your side, fighting to secure the compensation you deserve, which could include the following:
- Compensation for needed counseling
- Pain and suffering damages
- Lost wages and benefits
- Punitive damages against those responsible (including anyone who covered up the assault)