The impact of sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to someone. It is especially crushing when the perpetrator was a trusted medical professional.

The damage can extend to every area of someone’s life, to the point where they can’t function. It is no wonder that many victims and their families want to pursue legal action against their abusers.

How do you know if you or a loved one has been sexually abused?

Especially when it occurs within a doctor-patient interaction, discerning whether what someone experienced was sexual abuse or not can be tricky. Here how to know if someone’s actions crossed the line:

  • They subjected you or someone else to sexual contact without consent, and the lack of consent was due to forcible compulsion. Forcible compulsion means they used physical force threatened you
  • They subjected you or someone else with a mental disability to sexual contact
  • They subjected you or someone else to sexual contact without consent, and the lack of consent is due to being under the age of 16.

Taking action

If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse at the hands of a medical professional, taking action is recommended. Not only could it help the victim feel a sense of closure, but you could also help make sure more people do not have to go through what you did.

It can be challenging to relive the trauma while pursuing a lawsuit, but if you decide to do so, an attorney experienced in these sorts of cases can advocate for you and help you seek justice.

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