Algoma Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is an indictable offence under the Canadian Criminal Code that often goes unreported due to layers of social stigma and the manipulative behaviour of perpetrators. About 10% of Canadians report having survived some form of childhood sexual abuse, and yet 93% cases do not reach the attention of police or child welfare services. Instances of sexual abuse in nursing homes and within the context of spousal violence are likewise prevalent.
If you have been targeted by a perpetrator of sexual abuse, even long in the past, there may be legal recourse available to you. You may also be eligible to recover financial damages to help with costs you have incurred as a result of your trauma, including medical bills, psychological treatments, lost income, and more. Our Algoma sexual abuse lawyers recognize the sensitive nature of your unique case and may be able to help you understand your legal rights. Contact us today to book a free initial consultation.
Defining Sexual Abuse
Under the umbrella of sexual assault, sexual abuse is a term used to describe ongoing instances of abusive sexual behaviour. This often involves one person taking advantage of another in a sexual manner, and may involve unwanted sexual touching, physically violent sexual acts, or contactless sexual violence such as unsolicited sexual exposure or voyeurism.
Most sexually abusive relationships hinge on a power imbalance, in which the perpetrator wields a disproportionate amount of influence or control over their target. A common example, unfortunately, is that of a parent and child. Other examples of perpetrators may include older family figures such as siblings, teachers, members of the clergy, coaches on sports teams, and more. In some contexts, including certain spousal relationships, the perpetrator may wield financial control over the victim. Because sexual abuse can become emotionally intertwined with other aspects of the relationship, including positive feelings of care and even love, survivors of sexual abuse may become manipulated into shame and silence about their trauma.
The Long-Lasting Effects of Sexual Abuse
Survivors of sexual abuse are disproportionately likely to face adverse mental health conditions, even if they have not acknowledged the nature of their abuse.
Common responses include:
- Chronic depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Suicidal ideation
- Panic attacks
- Substance abuse and addiction
- And more
Because cases of sexual abuse are often shrouded in social stigma and shame – which all play to the perpetrator’s advantage – survivors may find it difficult to come forward with a claim. In recognition of this, there is no statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases under Ontario law. This means that you may be able to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator of sexual abuse even if the abuse took place decades ago.
Call Our Algoma Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today
Stepping forward with a sexual abuse claim can be a deeply personal, vulnerable, sensitive matter. Our team of Algoma sexual abuse lawyers understand and appreciate the courage it takes to speak about your experience. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to supporting the needs of our clients and helping them attain the compensation they are entitled by law. Call us today at 1-800-Justice or contact us online through our case evaluation form and schedule a free, confidential consultation with our Algoma sexual abuse lawyers.