West Virginia Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
As you read or watch the news these days, you’ve no doubt noticed that the number of sexual assault and abuse cases seem to be on the rise. This is true everywhere in the country, and it is also true here in West Virginia. Despite the attention that this issue is getting nationally, there are a few misconceptions that should be dispelled immediately. There is not one specific or several specific segments of the population that are most at risk for suffering sexual assault or abuse. Rather, everyone is vulnerable, and often the people that you might least expect. Because of this, it’s important to know that one who suffers such a heinous act has the right to pursue justice through a court of law. But, one’s rights and needs do not end there. A victim can also pursue financial compensation through the courts in order to recoup various expenses and to receive damages.
Everyone Is Vulnerable to Sexual Assault and Abuse
It doesn’t matter what age you are, what gender you are, or even what your sexual orientation is. Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault or abuse. Often, victims feel alone in the aftermath of an attack, but they shouldn’t. There are many who have suffered similarly, and like them they should act promptly to ensure that their rights are protected.
Aside from the popular belief that it is only certain kinds of people who suffer these attacks, there’s this: Many believe that complete strangers most often conduct these attacks. Sadly, the exact opposite is true. In fact, the perpetrator of sexual abuse is most often someone who is known to the victim, and that more often than not wields some kind of authority. Because of this, sexual assault and abuse can take place anywhere, from the workplace to nursing homes and to schools. If you or someone you know is a victim of these most heinous of crimes, it’s important that you lodge a criminal complaint promptly.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Are More Than Criminal
Through the court system, the perpetrators of sexual abuse and assault are brought to justice. It’s important that these perpetrators be locked up, because a person who would commit such a crime to one person is likely to commit such a crime again. Therefore, coming forward is important not only for yourself or the person that you know, but also for other individuals who may become or already are victims.
Justice for perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse doesn’t begin and end in the courtroom. Rather, it is possible to bring civil suit against both perpetrators and those whose actions either facilitated or negligently ignored the abuse or assault that was taking place. Through a civil case, a victim will be able to receive compensation and damages, which can help him or her to return to life and to cover any related medical expenses, whether for injuries or for ongoing psychological care.
Get Legal Help and Reach Out to Heavens Law Today
At Heavens Law, we understand how sensitive sexual abuse and sexual assault cases are, and we take great care with victims. Of all the clients that we see, we desire most to help these individuals to regain their lives and to pursue justice against those that harmed them to the fullest extent possible. If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual abuse and assault, then call us today at 1-800-HEAV-LAW. One of our attorneys who specializes in these cases will offer you a free consultation, wherein you can tell your story and receive guidance as to how you can fight for your rights in the court system.