Sexual Abuse & Assault
Sexual assault is among some of the most traumatizing experiences. Unfortunately someone experiences an assault every 98 seconds. Every eight minutes a child will be the victim of this most heinous of crimes. Sadly, the abusers are often someone the victim knows and even trusts — like teachers, family members, even clergy.
If you or someone you love has been assaulted or abused sexually, contact us right away or call 1-866-900-7078.
We understand the tangle of emotions you may be experiencing — particularly if the perpetrator is someone you know and trust. This is not your fault. And you are not alone. We are here to try to help you get through this.
Sexual abuse includes a very long and ugly list of scenarios. It can include sexual assault and rape, abusive sexual contact, inappropriate requests, lewd photos and videos, coercion, groping and fondling, exhibitionism, lewd behavior. And human trafficking.
Sexual Abuse in North Carolina
Shockingly, North Carolina is among the top 10 states with the highest number of reported human trafficking cases, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. Experts say the number of major interstates that crisscross our state, the large agricultural population, and the state’s strategic location along the East Coast all contribute to this issue.
Beyond human trafficking, sexual abuse and assault can occur in schools and colleges, on military bases, even in our religious sanctuaries and homes.
In 2017, a math teacher in North Carolina was accused of having sexual relations with three of her male students — a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds.
Two North Carolina universities — the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and UNC Charlotte — were among the top twenty universities in the country for reported rapes.
According to the News & Observer, nearly 400 sexual assaults at North Carolina’s six military bases were reported to the U.S. military from 2015–2016.
Types of Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is any undesired sexual encounter with another person and can include:
- Sexual contact
- Sexual or inappropriate requests
- Inappropriate photos or videos
- Forced viewing of pornographic photos or videos
Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the consent of the recipient. It can include:
- Unwanted groping, fondling, or sexual battery
- Unwanted or unlawful sexual intercourse
- Coercion of the victim to perform sexual acts on the perpetrator
- Sexual activity with someone who is unable to consent due to impaired consciousness, generally caused by drugs, drunkenness, and various medications
- Sexual activity with someone who is too young to consent
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Childhood sexual abuse refers to any sexual act that occurs between an adult and a child. It may include:
- Sexual videos, games, pictures, or other images
- Forced viewing of pornographic photos or videos
- Any other lewd behavior
Sexual harassment involves any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other unwanted verbal comments or physical contact of a sexual nature. This type of harassment ranges from discreet remarks, gestures, and jokes to overt actions such as indecent exposure, being touched, grabbed, pinched, or brushed against in a sexual way.
Workplace harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It has two types:
- Quid pro quo is when submission to, or rejection of, sexual harassment is used as the basis for employment decisions. Only individuals with supervisory authority over a person can engage in quid pro quo harassment as it requires the harasser to have the authority to grant or withhold benefits.
- Hostile environment is where the harassment creates an offensive working environment. It occurs when an employee is subjected to comments of a sexual nature, offensive sexual materials, or unwelcome physical contact as a regular part of the work environment.
Clergy abuse occurs when sexual abuse is enacted by a priest or other religious appointee. Many victims of clergy abuse are minors, between the ages of 13 and 17, but anyone can be a victim.
Abuse by Counselors and Healthcare Professionals
Healthcare professionals, such as doctors, psychologists, massage therapists, and chiropractors, are governed by rules of professional conduct that require them to observe boundaries between themselves and their patients. Claims against healthcare professionals include:
- Assault and battery
- Intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress
- Negligent hiring and supervision
Title IX & Campus Sexual Assault
Over 10% of university students experience sexual violence during college. Colleges and universities have the responsibility to protect their students, and students have the right to feel safe on their campuses.
Title IX was enacted to help protect people from sex-based discrimination, including sexual harassment, in education or activities that receive federal funds. It applies to all institutions receiving federal financial assistance.
Taking Legal Action Against Your Abuser
If you have been a victim of sexual abuse, you may be able to take legal action. The following are common grounds for legal action in sexual abuse or assault cases:
- Premises liability
- Parents’ negligent failure to supervise their children
- Negligent hiring of employees
- Negligent failure to supervise employees
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According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), most victims of sexual abuse and assault can experience long-lasting symptoms, which can include depression, flashbacks and anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other consequences are self-harm, sexually transmitted infections (STI), substance abuse, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and suicide, among others.
Victims of sexual assault and harassment may be entitled to compensation for both physical and emotional injuries, including but not limited to:
- Medical bills
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Compensation for emotional distress (trauma)
- Lost wages
If you or a loved one has been the victim of sexual assault or abuse, contact us or call 1-866-900-7078 for a FREE and confidential conversation about what you have been through. Let us see if we can help.