Davis & Crump is currently investigating claims on behalf of survivors who were sexually abused, assaulted, or harassed at work, school, a place of worship, or at their medical provider.
Sex abuse occurs in many forms, but is understood to be any unwanted sexual behavior or act. This includes any unwanted touching or fondling of one’s person, but may also encompass:
- Taking of inappropriate or explicit images without one’s consent
- Indecent exposure
- Touching oneself for sexual gratification or pleasure while in the presence of another
- Sexual comments or harassing language
Sexual assault occurs when one initiates any unwanted sexual contact without the express consent of the individual. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Forced Sexual Intercourse
- Rape or Attempted Rape
- Fondling and/or Groping
Survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse are often hesitant to report the incident in fear of losing their job, position, scholarship, or title. Survivors also fear that their reports will be ignored by those with the power to stop the sex abuser.
Sex Abuse in Institutions
Many times, sexual abuse and assault occur at the survivor’s place of work, learning, or worship. Churches, schools, colleges, and universities, as well as organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, have repeatedly failed to stop sexual abuse and assault despite having the knowledge that such actions are occurring under the institution’s watch. Many times, these institutions have erred by failing to remove the abuser from their positions of power, positions that oftentimes allowed the abuser to commit abuse in the first place. Other times, these institutions have failed to adequately respond to complaints or reports of repeated sexual abuse or assault. While the abusers must be held accountable for their actions, those in power at the institutions that employed and protected said abusers must also be held accountable for their failure to protect those in vulnerable positions.
Effects of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
Damage to the survivor is not purely physical, but can also manifest in any number of behavioral, emotional, and mental effects. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Behavioral and mood changes
- Changes in sexual behavior
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal thoughts and actions
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Inability to concentrate or focus on tasks
- Failure to thrive
- Loss of enjoyment of hobbies, activities, or objects
- Repression of memories
Remember that despite what you may have been told, you are not at fault for what happened. We understand that even recalling the abuse is traumatic and embarrassing. What you tell us is confidential, and we will do everything in our power to keep it that way.
Do I Have A Claim?
Our legal team is helping survivors who were abused, failed by their institutions, and have suffered adverse physical, mental, and behavioral effects. If you or a loved one was sexually abused or assaulted and has suffered, we are here to help. There is no out-of-pocket cost to you to have our firm represent you in this case. Davis & Crump is only paid an attorney’s fee if a recovery is made in your case.
Why Choose Davis & Crump?
Davis & Crump has handled complex litigation, including sensitive topic areas, since 1984. We have recovered over one billion dollars for our clients. Our attorneys are leaders in complex cases and are recognized in such publications as Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Super Lawyers.
Davis & Crump is experienced in personal injury, products liability, and pharmaceutical litigation and settlements. If you or a loved one have experienced sexual abuse or assault while at work, school, church, or any other institutional activity, call us at 1-800-277-0300, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a free case evaluation form here. Your information will remain confidential and will not be shared without your express consent.
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