The Tolls of Sexual Abuse
MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL TRAUMA
These figures, while shocking, likely underrepresent the problem. Many sexual assaults are never reported due to shame, fear of retaliation, a desire to move on, or outside pressure to keep the assault quiet.
Nonetheless, the mental and emotional trauma from sexual abuse can last for years after physical injuries have healed. If the psychological trauma goes untreated, it can last a lifetime. It is common for survivors to struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal thoughts. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, please seek the care you need to feel safe. Immediately.
Liability in Sexual Assault Cases
NEGLIGENCE BY INSTITUTIONS
There are criminal penalties for sexual assault and abuse. Sometimes, however, the assault occurs due in part to the negligence or complacency of an institution that should have provided reasonable safeguards. When that happens, victims can bring civil charges as well. While the burden of proof for criminal cases is high, it is much lower for civil cases. Victims can seek compensation in civil court for medical expenses, counseling, and other damages. Additionally, civil cases provide a benefit to society by holding institutions responsible and giving them a strong incentive to prevent future assaults.
TYPES OF INSTITUTIONS THAT CAN BE HELD LIABLE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES:
- Nursing homes
- Daycare providers
- Health care facilities
- Apartment complexes
- Massage Spas
COLORADO STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AND ABUSE
Sexual assault (rape) is obviously a crime. However, any kind of sexual activity can be unlawful when consent is not obtained. Colorado statutes of limitations for sexual abuse and abuse are generous, reflecting the reality that victims sometimes need years to recover. These laws are somewhat nuanced as well, and require legal skill to navigate.
Are You a Victim of Sexual Assault?
CALL A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Sexual abuse is so prevalent in our society that one could say it is endemic. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. At Shafner Law, we understand that people who would march in the street for others are sometimes reluctant to seek justice for themselves. We understand the courage and inner strength it takes for victims to come forward, and we stand by them every step of the way. When necessary, our Denver personal injury attorneys will file lawsuits in these cases and take them to trial so our clients recover the compensation they deserve.
For a free consultation, call Shafner Law at (303) 796-0555 or fill out the Case Form below.
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