Sexual assault is a serious public health issue in the United States. It takes many forms and affects millions of people every year. It can lead to chronic physical and psychological ailments. Sexual assault is so problematic that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, a national-level study, to research the issue.
If you were the victim of a sexual assault, you are not alone. We are here to help you and you have the law behind you. Our Westbury sexual assault lawyer with the Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. legal team will help you with your sexual assault case. Call us for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400. We work on Long Island and in the greater New York metropolitan area and can meet you in private for a confidential consultation. Do not hesitate to seek the assistance and justice that the law provides.
Understanding Sexual Assault
What is sexual assault, and how does it happen?
Sexual assault is defined as being penetrated or being forced to penetrate using physical force. It also includes being coerced, stalked, threatened, lied to, blackmailed, or forced to endure unwanted sexual contact, including but not limited to touching, kissing, groping, or grabbing. Events of these types are alarmingly common, and it happens to both men and women of all ages in many different settings. It can happen to adults, in the workplace, in places of worship, at schools, and more.
When the victim is under the age of 18, sexual assault is formally categorized as child sexual abuse. It is somewhat different from sexual abuse in that the victim:
- Does not fully comprehend the acts they are forced to do or endure
- Does not or cannot consent to those acts
- Has not reached a level of developmental growth to consent to those acts
Experiencing assault in childhood or adolescence places the victim at a heightened risk of victimization in adulthood, according to a study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Sexual assault at any age can be a traumatic, life-changing experience. It can lead to:
- Anxiety and fear
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Depression and guilt
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Issues with trust and intimacy
Our Westbury sexual assault lawyer will work to ensure that you get the help you need to overcome the problems associated with your abuse, and we will also work to ensure that those responsible for assaulting you are brought to justice and are held accountable so that they cannot abuse again in the future. For more information about how we can help, call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400.
Where It Happens
Where sexual assault happens is almost as alarming as how frequently it happens. Some of society’s worst sexual predators—lifelong abusers with multiple victims—have been found hiding in the places we consider to be the safest in the community. Sexual abuse and sexual assault cases are commonly reported in the following settings.
Clergy abuse is a longstanding social issue. It has gone on for decades—if not more—but has only received nationwide media coverage fairly recently. There have been cases of victims coming forward about past instances of abuse that occurred 40 or 50 years ago. According to various studies, a single sexual predator can have 10 or more victims throughout their life, with each victim experiencing multiple instances of abuse. Many cases are likely not reported, probably making these figures lower than the reality.
Schools and Colleges
Sexual assault by teachers, coaches, and administrators is not uncommon. It can be seen everywhere from the primary school level to the graduate school level. With small children, abusers can take advantage of the child’s innocence to abuse him or her. However, with older children and adults, they can be forcefully assaulted either physically or using lying, peer pressure, blackmailing, or other forms of pressure, such as losing access to work or promotion opportunities.
Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers can sexually abuse those in their care. This is commonly seen in elder care and nursing homes but can happen to anyone. There have been cases in which a doctor violated a patient while he or she was unconscious. This is unacceptable, and those entrusted with the care of our loved ones must be held accountable for their actions.
Sexual assault by police officers can take many forms. It can take the form of a police officer offering to overlook an incursion in exchange for sexual favors or sexual groping and touching during a pat-down.
Bosses and managers can physically sexually assault their employees. They can also intimidate, coerce, or force them into performing actions they otherwise would be unwilling to perform with threats of being fired. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 5,000 cases of workplace violence and assault are reported every year. Again, given the fact that such cases are often not reported, this figure is also likely to be lower than the reality.
Clubs and Community Groups
Coaches, teammates, supervisors, trainers, and others involved with organized clubs and sports can all sexually assault a child or even an adult.
With all of the examples outlined above, it is important to remember that sexual assault, abuse, and violence can happen to anyone, anywhere. It does not matter if someone is in a position of trust or respect either. In fact, most sexual assault cases involve an imbalanced trust or power dynamic in which a victim feels helpless in the situation and is forced into a compromising situation. This should not happen to anyone, and we are here to help you if you or someone you know experienced any type of sexual assault.
How A Westbury Sexual Assault Lawyer Can Help
If you were sexually assaulted, you should seek criminal charges against the person who assaulted you. However, you should also seek compensation from them for the harm and damages that they caused you. How much you can or should seek depends on the circumstances of your case, but we will seek compensation for the following for you:
- Assault and battery
- Intimidation and threats
- Emotional distress
- Physical harm
- Care and treatment for these conditions
Let Us Help You
Sexual assault cases are a unique type of personal injury in that compensation from a guilty party may not be available through their insurance coverage. This can make the recovery of your damages more complex than it otherwise would be for a personal injury case. However, our Westbury sexual assault lawyer team can help you. Call Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. for a free consultation at (516) 932-0400. Do not hesitate to seek assistance for your case so please call now.