Bancroft Sexual Abuse Lawyer
Sexual abuse is an indictable offence under the Canadian Criminal Code, punishable with prison time. In addition to the criminal condemnation of a perpetrator, survivors of sexual abuse may be elgible for financial compensation through civil claims, which may help to cover medical bills, psychological care, lost income, and more expenses incurred as a result of their trauma.
Often cloaked with social stigmas and complicated layers of manipulation enacted over the course of time, survivors of sexual abuse may carry life-altering traumas that could prevent them from coming forward for many years. Despite the fact that about 10% of Canadians have reported being targets of childhood sexual abuse, only about 7% of child abuse cases are brought to police and/or child welfare services. Reports are likewise low in situations of spousal violence, abuse enacted by members of the clergy or educators, staff at nursing homes, and more. The intricate manipulative relationship at the heart of sexual abuse often contributes to the long-term silencing of survivors.
Because of this, in Ontartio there is no statute of limitations for cases of sexual abuse. This means that a survivor may file a lawsuit against their perpetrator, at any point in time, even if the abuse took place many years ago.
Coming forward with a sexual abuse claim can be difficult. Our Bancroft sexual abuse lawyers prioritize clear communication and sensitivity to the emotional needs of survivors the community. Contact us today to speak with us about your specific case in a free, confidential, initial consultation.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse is an ongoing pattern of unwanted sexual activity forced by one or more individuals on another party. This may include violent acts such as sexual assault and physical abuse. However, it could include non-physical abuse such as sexual exposure, voyeurism, threats, and more. The nature and circumstances of sexual abuse cases vary vastly, but are often associated with a relationship rooted in an imbalance of power, in which the target of abuse may be dependent on the perpetrator in a broader context.
Examples of power imbalances within relationships between a survivor and perpetrator of sexual abuse may include:
- A parent and child
- An older younger sibling
- An older family member and a minor
- A teacher and student
- A representative of a religious organization and a congregation member
- A relationship between spouses (especially where one is financially dependent on the other)
- And more.
Sexually abusive relationships are often associated with a number of other interpersonal and/or social factors that may make it difficult for a survivor to even recognize the abuse. For instance, a child who is targeted by their trusted teacher may receive genuine support, affirmation and care at the same time as they are subjected to the trauma of sexual abuse. Layers of manipulation and shame coupled with social stigma often prevent many survivors from coming forward.
Ongoing Effects of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse often carries profoundly life-altering adverse effects for survivors. Studies have shown a link between childhood sexual abuse and adult substance abuse, as well as chronic depression and other mental health conditions.
Survivors of sexual abuse frequently incur significant expenses as a result of the crime committed against them, including medical bills, the costs of mental health support such as psychotherapy, income lost as a result of mental health conditions, and more. Even if many years have passed since the sexual abuse was enacted, survivors may be eligible for financial compensation to help cover related expenses.
Contact Our Bancroft Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today
Each case is unique, and at Preszler Injury Lawyers, we respect the courage and vulnerability it takes to step forward with a sexual abuse case. We are dedicated to approaching each case with sensitivity and compassion. Call our Bancroft sexual abuse lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE to discuss the specifics of your case, and see how we may be able to help you. To contact us online, fill out our booking form and schedule a free initial consultation with our team today.