In the United States alone, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will become victims of child sexual abuse. To make matters worse, is one of the most under-reported crimes. Aside from estimates, no one knows for certain how many children fall victim to sexual predators. One of our St. Louis sexual abuse Lawyers can hold the abusers – and the organizations they work within – accountable for these heinous acts.
Sexual predators look like everyone else. They coach little league, operate day care centers, and serve as leaders in youth organizations. In fact, no one looks like a sexual predator. As a result, children fall victim to people who look and seem trustworthy and credible. Chances are good that the perpetrator is someone you and your child know well.
Long-term Effects of Sexual Abuse
Victims have a greater tendency to become abusers themselves. Moreover, a victim of sexual abuse is more likely to be re-victimized by future abuse. The long-term effects are devastating; depression, alcoholism, drug dependency, anxiety, insomnia and other self-destructive behavior. These are all common attributes of sexual abuse victims. In addition, future relationships may become challenging. It may be difficult for victims to trust adults.
In sum, the coercion and manipulation that invariably accompanies sexual abuse can have devastating lifetime consequences.
Experienced st. louis Sexual Abuse lawyers
Only an attorney with experience should take on a case for child sexual abuse or molestation. These are not car wreck cases. Making a perpetrator, his employer or the organization with which he or she is associated financially responsible is a complicated and tortured path. Many insurance policies are written to limit or exclude coverage for sexual abuse or molestation. Only St. Louis sexual abuse Lawyers with experience in navigating the complicated provisions of insurance policies have consistent success in obtaining compensation for victims.
Moreover, a high standard of proof exists in order to hold organizations that employee abusers responsible for the abuse. For example, it is not enough that a religious organization employs a youth pastor who abuses the young congregation members or parishioners. The employer or organization must know of the abuse, or have some reason to know of the abuse or the likelihood of abuse.
Frequent reliance on can also complicate these cases. Experts are frequently called upon to help establish a “standard of care”. They can illustrate how an organization or employer should have conducted itself to help protect victims. Since the consequences of sexual abuse are so vast, victims deserve the careful analysis of experts in establishing and explaining the array of damages suffered.
At Sumner Law Group, we fight to prevent sexual abuse in all forms. We fight to secure the compensation needed to get the care and treatment needed to navigate the troubled waters to coping and recovering. Our St. Louis sexual abuse Lawyers have experience navigating the complicated insurance policies and have consistent success in obtaining compensation for victims.