Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment: Every 98 Seconds an American is Sexually Assaulted* Sexual abuse and sexual harassment can happen anywhere, any time. Whether in the home or in the workplace, sexual abuse and sexual harassment can occur when you least expect it. If you believe that you have been sexually harassed at work, you […]
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Many Massachusetts families are among those affected by sexual abuse, including abuse at the hands of people who are part of institutions such as schools, churches or medical organizations. If you are the victim of sexual abuse or the loved one of someone who was abused, you have likely experienced profound effects as a result of those experiences. You may want to pursue your abuser in court to ensure that they are held accountable for their actions.
When someone suffers sexual abuse, the destructive effects both physically and emotionally can last a long time. While a great deal of emphasis has been placed upon the rights of the accused over the past few decades, less consideration has been given to victims’ rights. Legislators in the Commonwealth created an Abused Person’s Notice of Rights to address this disparity.
Safety is a prime concern for most individuals and homes are considered to be the safest of all places. Schools and places of worship are also believed to be safe. However, there have been many instances where these safe havens turn out to be places of abuse. It is unfortunate, but reports of sexual abuse by family members, priests and teachers are heard nearly every day.
Sexual assault against or sexual abuse of a person who has not given consent are considered serious crimes all across the country, including in Massachusetts. In many cases, victims may also be able to seek civil remedies in addition to any criminal proceedings.
Sexual abuse is a serious topic that is difficult to think about. This is especially true when the victim of sexual abuse is a minor. However, it is important that these issues come to light, not only to aid in the victim’s recovery process but also to prevent further instances of abuse.
Charities in Massachusetts and throughout the United States can help fill a needed void, especially in the care and service of children. However, charities in rare cases may sometimes serve as a cover for the heinous actions of child sexual abuse predators. When someone acts to corrupt the work and name of any charity, victims can often find some measure of justice for the physical and/or emotional damage that has been inflicted.