Helping a Victim Discuss Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse is a form of violence where the attacker sexually touches or molests the victim without their consent. Sexual abuse is deliberately committed to humiliate or control the victim. If you are a victim of sexual abuse, do not hesitate to reach out to our law firm, and we will help you file a sexual abuse claim to recover compensation for what you’ve been put through.

We encourage sexual abuse victims to speak out and seek justice. There are various forms of sexual abuse that you should know about:

  • Rape – Rape is a form of harm where the perpetrator has sexual intercourse with the victim without their consent.
  • Sexual Abuse of Elders – This form of abuse happens in nursing homes and retirement communities. It involves sexual abuse of the elderly by staff members.
  • Unwanted Touching – This type of abuse happens when the assailant touches the victim with their hands or objects in a sexual manner.
  • Sexual Abuse of Minors – This is a form of abuse where the assailant has sexual intercourse with or sexually touches a minor.

How to Discuss Sexual Abuse with a Victim

Let Them Know You Believe Them

Sexual abuse is traumatizing, and it takes a lot of courage for the victim to open up about what they are going through. In many cases, victims feel shame and regret, even though what they’ve experienced was not their fault. When discussing sexual abuse, it is always crucial for you to reassure the victim that you believe them.

It is not always the case that a victim will appear troubled. Some may appear calm because different people have different ways of dealing with trauma.

Let Them Know It’s Not Their Fault

Sometimes sexual abuse victims believe that they were abused because of their own recklessness. In some cases, victims blame themselves, especially if they knew the perpetrator personally. When talking to a sexual abuse survivor, let them know that the perpetrator is the one to blame.

Assure Them They Have Your Support

A sexual assault victim will feel alone and vulnerable during this challenging time. You should reassure the victim that you will help them get justice and that they can always count on you for support. It is also essential to remind them of organizations that help assault survivors recover, such as RAINN.

Avoid Judgment

It is important to avoid judging the victim during the recovery stage because this can prolong the healing process. Avoid phrases like “it’s time to move on” or “you have been acting like this for so long.” It is also important to avoid judging the victim by insinuating that they somehow invited or were to blame for what happened.

Get in Touch with a Sexual Violence Lawyer

Sexual violence victims deserve justice for the pain and suffering they’ve experienced. Sexual violence crimes make for complicated and delicate civil claims that are best handled by an experienced lawyer such as Lane Brown, LLC. You can contact us by either dialing 312-332-1400 or by sending us a message via the submission form on this website.

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