Sexual abuse of children is a horrific crime, causing long-term damage which reverberates long into adulthood.
It is common for abuse survivors to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, struggle with depression and substance abuse, and experience problems with intimacy and relationships for decades after they were abused.
That is why sexual abuse carries such severe criminal penalties for perpetrators federally and in all 50 states.
Unfortunately, perpetrators of sexual abuse do not always get caught, due to the fact that they threaten their victims or make them feel so ashamed and guilty that they do not come forward and tell an adult.
As a result, abuse survivors will often wait decades to tell someone about the abuse. And by this time, it can be too late to criminally prosecute the perpetrator – either because the perpetrator has died, or because criminal statutes of limitation prevent prosecutors from filing charges.
However, even if it’s too late to hold the perpetrator accountable criminally, there may be civil remedies available.
Through the civil claims process, abuse survivors can find peace, healing and just compensation, while holding accountable those responsible for their abuse, thereby ensuring the protection of children in the future.
If you or someone you know has suffered sexual abuse as a child, please call Tamaki Law for a free, confidential consultation. We are here to listen.