Sexual abuse is a horrifying crime. Adults and children who have been victims often find the event haunts them years after its occurrence. All too often victims are forced to not only experience the initial trauma after a sex crime, but they are subjected to the additional ongoing trauma that occurs in the aftermath of abuse.
“Victims often feel ashamed or are coerced into keeping quiet after they’ve been victimized. This is wrong. Victims should always have a voice and should never feel they are at fault. Historically, victims have been shamed into keeping quiet, but no more.” — Howard Raphaelson, Personal Injury Lawyer at Raphaelson & Levine
In recent years, we’ve seen confronting an abuser in court prevents them from hurting others. It also serves as a warning to other abusers that they too will be confronted.
Sexual abuse is, unfortunately, is a common occurrence. Overall, New York City saw lowered crime in 2018 yet, sadly, sex crimes, such as rape, significantly increased. In 2019, mid-year, rape is already up 19% in the city when compared with one year ago. Most sex crimes in NYS are felonies. While sexual advances can be violent, they aren’t always. Offenders often frame their sexual abuse in a way where they say it is “loving”. Sexual abuse is anything but loving and can occur in a variety of ways.
For crimes committed against children, all of these are included and, because they are minors, consent isn’t ever considered because children cannot consent to any of the above-listed or other forms of sexual behaviors and acts under New York State law.
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Any person can be an abuser and most of them target people they know. According to statistics, about 6 out of 10 sexual assaults take place in the victim’s home or that of a friend. In instances of children being victimized, 90% know their abusers. Sadly, many sexual abuse events take place in schools, workplaces, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, daycare centers, and other organized group events. Abusers can be doctors, scout leaders, clergy members, teachers, coaches, employers, colleagues, or people who are in other positions of power over the victim, including various types of caretakers.
Adult survivors of sexual crimes as children now have a voice. In 2019, New York State passed the Child Victims Act which raised the age of childhood victims of abuse from 23 to 55 years old to be eligible to file civil court cases. Additionally, victims who didn’t confront their victims in court when they were younger now have a window of opportunity to do so.
"At Raphaelson & Levine, we strive to help victims have a voice and get the justice and closure they deserve. If you, or a loved one, have been a victim of a sex crime, either recently or when you were a child, you can hold your abuser accountable for their actions." — Andrew Levine, Personal Injury Lawyer at Raphaelson & Levine
Damages you can receive include medical and wage losses, pain and suffering, therapy expenses, emotional distress (including PTSD), and more. If you want to learn more about sexual abuse injury and your rights, our compassionate attorneys are here to help you. Call us at 212-268-3222 or complete the contact form to schedule a free consultation.