Sexual Abuse Claims
Advocating for Survivors
Sexual abuse is one of the most debase acts one human can perpetrate against another, and abuse survivors are often left with few resources at their disposal to hold the perpetrators and enablers accountable. If you are a survivor and are looking for legal accountability, contact us and we can discuss your legal rights and the options you have.* Bringing a sexual abuse lawsuit can result in justice, shed light on cover-ups, prevent further abuse, and lead to financial compensation for a survivor and his or her family members.
What is considered sexual assault?
Sexual assault is to touch the intimate parts of another person against the victim’s will or while he or she is restrained, for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.
While sexual abuse can be perpetrated by anyone, it is often perpetrated and covered up by persons and institutions in positions of trust such as health care providers, spiritual leaders, workplace leaders, and coaches.
An area of sexual abuse law we specialize in is abuse perpetrated by a health care provider. Sexual abuse or assault by a health care provider can take multiple forms. Some examples of sexual abuse by a medical professional include:
A doctor making inappropriate jokes, remarks, or sexual advances.
Touching a patient in an intimate manner.
Touching a patient’s private parts without consent or with no medically necessary reason.
Taking photographs of a patient’s privates with a personal device.
Taking advantage of patients while they are under anesthesia or unconscious.
Any type of sex crime committed against a patient during a physical exam, medical test, or treatment can qualify as sexual abuse. The medical professional in question could be a physician, dentist, chiropractor, sports doctor, nurse, physical therapist, any other health care practitioner, or a hospital staff member. If you have questions about what makes up a sexual abuse claim, please contact us today.
There are various resources, and many lists of resources, so instead of creating yet another list, we would point you to an extremely helpful list of resources put together here by the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
Other resources and media articles include:
*If you or someone you know may be experiencing sexual violence or assault, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673) or call 911. Reporting can save lives.
If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, you can find additional resources here.