Child sexual abuse is a common crime with serious consequences. Often, this type of abuse occurs when children are at school or day care, when they are participating in extracurricular activities, or when they are attending religious education. Unfortunately, the organizations that are providing services to young people often do not do enough to prevent abuse.
If you or a loved one was a victim, the organization that was responsible for the abuse may be held legally accountable for your losses and damages. The consequences of child sexual abuse can last into adulthood and victims deserve full and fair monetary compensation under Florida law. Steinger, Iscoe & Greene has helped victims to make successful claims for damages and we can put our legal knowledge and experience to work for you.
Child sexual abuse affects many young people. According to Victims of Crime.org, as many as one in every five girls and one in every 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Children are most vulnerable to sexual abuse between the ages of 7 and 13 but the effects of this abuse can stay with a young person for the rest of his or her life.
Some of the consequences of child sexual abuse include:
A person who is victimized as a child may require ongoing counseling, medication and even in-patient therapy. There are financial costs associated with the medical treatment that is necessary as a result of the abuse. A victim may also have a lower quality of life and may have fewer employment opportunities as a result of the abuse and its lasting symptoms.
Victims affected by child sexual abuse have had success taking legal action against organizations that facilitated the abuse or that failed to take reasonable steps to protect young people in their care. Victims have successfully made claims against religious groups and organizations; schools; day care centers; the Boy Scouts of America; and other companies that provide services to young people.
If you or a loved one was the victim of child sexual abuse, you need to determine if any company or organization is to blame. If so, you can pursue a claim for compensation. It is possible for young people to take legal action even many years after the abuse occurred, as often it is too difficult for someone who is very young to come forward right away.
We understand that it can be difficult to speak up about abuse and our attorneys will handle your claim with the compassion that you deserve as well as with the legal knowledge you need. We are here and ready to help you pursue a claim for compensation against the organization that allowed abuse to occur. Contact a Florida child sexual abuse lawyer at one of our offices in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie, Fort Myers, Orlando, Okeechobee today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.