Kitchener Sexual Abuse Lawyer
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we respect the courage it takes a survivor of sexual abuse to come forward and speak out against their abuser. We approach each client with compassion. We are dedicated to pursuing justice on behalf of the clients we represent, and holding perpetrators in the region accountable for their criminal actions.
Sexual abuse is a criminal offence according to the Canadian Criminal Code. Perpetrators who have had criminal charges brought against them by the Crown may face incarceration in prison if they are found guilty in criminal court.
However, by filing a civil claim, victims themselves might be able to recover damages for costs they have incurred as a result of the abuse they endured. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse and would like to know what compensation may be available to you, contact our Kitchener sexual abuse lawyers online or over the phone at 1-800-JUSTICE.
What is Sexual Abuse?
Sexual abuse occurs when an adult in a position of trust and authority (e.g., foster parent, teacher, priest, sports coach, warden, medical professional, etc.) manipulates a minor or a vulnerable adult into engaging in unwanted sexual activities.
It is estimated that approximately 10% of Canadians have been the targets of childhood sexual abuse. However, it is challenging to gather precise numbers, as the vast majority of sexual abuse cases go unreported. This is often because of social stigmas surrounding sexual abuse, the manipulative powers of sexual abusers, survivors’ financial dependency on their abuser, and a myriad of other reasons. A child may not understand, at the time, the extent of the trauma being inflicted upon them. They may not have the resources to reach out for help. They might even be isolated from potential support systems by the perpetrator’s design.
Lasting Impacts of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is a profound violation of an individual’s personhood and sexual integrity. Whether it took place in the recent past or long ago, adverse effects often continue to impact a survivor’s quality of life. Studies have shown connections between childhood sexual abuse and a higher instance of mental health issues in adulthood. Such issues may include:
- Panic disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse issues
- Addiction disorders
- Personality disorders
- And more
Trauma often causes stress which could increase blood pressure and contribute to the development of cardiovascular diseases, including life-threatening physical conditions. When seeking professional treatment, both physical and psychological, survivors may incur substantial financial costs. They might even need to take time away from work in order to heal.
Furthermore, as a result of their traumatic experiences, survivors may need to abandon their education or current occupations, thus reducing their income and/or potential earning capacity. Their quality of life could be significantly diminished because of the reprehensible actions of a criminal.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should have to shoulder the financial burden of another’s wrongdoings. Contact us today to learn what options may be available for you.
Contact Our Kitchener Sexual Abuse Lawyers Today
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, you may be eligible for compensation to help recover costs associated with medical bills, psychological treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Each case is different, and the support of a Kitchener sexual abuse lawyer can be essential in navigating the legal system to attain the best result possible.
Contact us today to discuss your case in a free initial consultation, and see how our Kitchener sexual abuse lawyers may be able to help you.