California Sexual Abuse Lawyers
Sexual assault and sexual abuse can take place anytime, anywhere. Survivors of both sexual assault and sexual abuse can suffer life-long consequences including physical, psychological, and emotional trauma. Victims of sexual abuse may develop difficulties in trusting others, which will have a long-term effect on their ability to establish and build healthy relationships.
If you’ve been a victim of sexual abuse, let our top-rated California sexual abuse lawyers get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Perpetrators of sexual abuse often victimize others for the sake of feeling powerful rather than for the sake of sexual gratification. Although there is no way to know when and where sexual abuse will take place, a common trend in the United States today is for perpetrators who are in a position of authority to take advantage of their subordinates and those they are responsible for. Currently, there are countless reports of sexual abuse occurring in schools, preschools, and even in church communities.
Although survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse may face their abusers in criminal court, they are still entitled to receive financial compensation for their injuries. If civil cases for sexual abuse are filed within the statute of limitations, survivors are entitled to compensation for any medical expenses that they may have incurred as a result of the sexual abuse.
Medical expenses may include costs of treatment for physical injuries as well as psychological treatment to help a survivor cope with the trauma. In civil court, survivors of sexual abuse may also be able to recover punitive damages and attorney’s fees.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse in California, The California sexual abuse lawyers at The May Firm wants to help you seek justice in the civil system. You have more than enough to worry about already – let us fight for you!
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Teacher/Student Sexual Abuse
School should be a safe place for children to learn and grow. They should be able to go into their classrooms without fear that the adult responsible for providing them with an education will take advantage of them. Unfortunately, teacher/student sexual abuse has become very prevalent across the United States.
Teacher/student sexual abuse can occur within any level of education and to students of any age. Still, the U.S. has seen increasing rates of sexual abuse of middle and highschool students over the last decade. In many cases, a teacher will manipulate a teenage student into thinking that they are in love. Because the student believes that they have a relationship with their teacher, they also often come to the conclusion that sexual contact is appropriate and even something that they want. It isn’t until later that they realize that the entire situation had been fabricated and that they had been taken advantage of. By then, the trauma has been induced.
Cases of sexual abuse between teachers and students have become easier to prove in recent years. With the development and expansion of technology and various social media platforms, there is often a cyber trail. Whether a teacher is sending provocative photos to a student or the teen is bragging about “hooking up with a teacher,” authorities are often able to trace the activity.