Two out of three Canadian women have experienced a form of sexual assault at some point in their lives, according to data shared by the Sexual Assault Centre (SACHA) based in Hamilton, Ontario. Research shared by SACHA also shows one in six boys will experience sexual abuse before reaching adulthood.
These startling statistics reveal the commonality of sexual abuse and assault throughout the province and country. Unfortunately, research also has shown many victims decline to report the crime or seek justice. Many victims do not receive the resources they need to help cope with the effects of assault.
You have options for seeking legal and practical support in the wake of an assault. Below are three reasons to consider hiring Preszler Law if you’ve been the victim of sexual assault in Ontario.
Our personal injury lawyers can meet with you for a free initial consultation. Call (416) 364-2000
You Deserve to Seek Justice with the Help of an Advocate
Sexual assault victims often feel overwhelmed and powerless. While a lawsuit certainly cannot fully compensate you for your losses, you may feel a sense of empowerment in seeking justice against your perpetrator and all other negligent parties who contributed to your injuries.
A lawyer can act as your personal advocate throughout the civil lawsuit process, helping you navigate the system and protecting your best interests.
You May Be Entitled To Financial Recovery
Ontario Courts recognize the seriousness of the crimes committed against you. As such, you may have several avenues through which to pursue financial compensation.
You may have cause to take action against one or more parties including:
- the perpetrator;
- the perpetrator’s employer (for “vicarious liability” based on the misconduct of an employee – this may include instances where a person has used his or her position of employment to commit a crime, like a member of the clergy, a teacher, police officer or other trusted professional); and/or
- premises occupier (if the assault was the result of lax or negligent security measures).
You may have the right to pursue damages related to:
- your physical and emotional pain and suffering (how the assault has impacted your daily activities and overall quality of life);
- the cost of past and future therapy or counseling to help cope with the effects of the abuse;
- medical costs for any physical injuries associated with the assault; or
- loss of income related to the incident.
In addition to a tort claim, you may be able to seek financial redress through Ontario’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB) You may do this independently or with the assistance of a lawyer. This option may even include money to help pay for childcare for any child born as a result of the assault. However, you should be careful about triggering a limitation period by prosecuting a CICB claim first.
Our Firm Can Offer Legal Support and Beyond
Preszler Law Firm has more than 50 years of experience helping injured victims in Ontario. We are focused on offering compassionate, yet effective, representation for victims like you. We will treat your case with the respect and discretion it deserves.
To learn more, contact our offices to arrange a free consultation. Call 800-JUSTICE®.