Sexual assault is an act in which a person sexually touches another person without that person’s consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will. It is a form of sexual violence which includes rape, groping, and child sexual abuse. Generally, sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual contact that includes sexual touching and fondling.
The effects of sexual abuse on a victim are very wide-ranging and can be severe. Victims of sexual abuse suffer emotional injuries, physical injuries, economic losses, and medical and psychological expenses. Also, the loved ones of victims of sexual assault can also suffer pain and suffering injuries.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault in Kentucky or nationwide, Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP can help you. We understand the laws that protect the victims of sexual assault in Kentucky. Our team of experienced Kentucky sexual assault victim attorneys can help you obtain justice and the fair compensation that you are owed. Call our firm now to request a free consultation and a review of your case during which you can learn more about your rights and legal options as a victim of sexual abuse. Call us today for your free consultation. Our understanding and compassionate attorneys are standing by to hear your story.
Types of Sexual Assault Cases We Handle
Our Kentucky attorneys have the caring, compassionate experience that you need on your side if you or a loved one have been the victim of a sexual assault. While your assailant may face criminal penalties in the criminal justice system, their punishment often does nothing to compensate you for the suffering you’ve had to endure. Often, victims are forced to pay out of pocket for medical treatment, therapy, and other expenses associated with the assault, and we firmly believe that they should not have to. You could hold the individual or individuals accountable for their actions through a civil lawsuit.
We have helped victims in Kentucky recover compensation for what happened to them, and we can help you if you or someone you love was a victim of:
Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent abuses a child for sexual stimulation. Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities, indecent exposure of the genitals to a child, displaying pornography to a child, actual sexual contact against a child, physical contact with the child’s genitals, viewing of the child’s genitalia without physical contact or using a child to produce child pornography.
The injuries related to child sexual abuse include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, propensity to re-victimization in adulthood, physical injury to the child, among other problems. Sexual abuse by a family member is a form of incest. It is more common than other forms of sexual assault on a child and can result in more serious and long-term psychological trauma.
Boy Scouts of America Sexual Abuse
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest scouting organization in the United States and one of the largest youth organizations.
Since the Boy Scouts began, there have been multiple reports that have surfaced over the years regarding incidents of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America. Victims of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts can obtain fair compensation for their injuries, even if the sexual abuse occurred decades ago.
Elderly Sexual Assault
Elderly sexual assault is victimization of persons over the age of 60, most of whom suffer from decreased functionality, frailty and weakness, and therefore are reliant on caretakers. According to reports, only 30 percent of people age 65 or older who are victimized report the assault to the police.
The term groping is used to define the touching or fondling of another person in a sexual way without the person’s consent. Groping may occur under or over clothing.
Rape is an assault by a person involving sexual intercourse with another person without that person’s consent.
Sexual harassment is intimidation or bullying or coercion of a sexual nature. It may also be defined as the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. In the United States, sexual harassment is a form of discrimination which violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legal and social definition of what constitutes sexual harassment differ widely by culture.
Sexual harassment includes a wide range of behaviors from seemingly mild transgressions to serious forms of abuse. Some forms of sexual harassment overlap with sexual assault. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”
The Emotional Impact of Sexual Abuse
Aside from physical traumas, rape and other sexual assault often result in long-term emotional effects, particularly in child victims. These can include: denial, learned helplessness, genophobia, anger, self-blame, anxiety, shame, nightmares, fear, depression, flashbacks, guilt, rationalization, mood swings, numbness, promiscuity, loneliness, social anxiety, difficulty trusting oneself or others, difficulty concentrating.
Being the victim of sexual assault may lead to the development of posttraumatic stress disorder, addiction, major depressive disorder or other psychopathologies. Family and friends experience emotional scarring including a strong desire for revenge, a desire to “fix’ the problem and/or move on, and a rationalization that “it wasn’t that bad”.
The Physical Impact of Sexual Abuse
While sexual assault, including rape, can result in physical trauma, many people who experience sexual assault will not suffer any physical injury. Rape myths suggest that the stereotypical victim of sexual violence is a bruised and battered young woman. The central issue in many cases of rape or other sexual assault is whether or not both parties consented to the sexual activity or whether or not both parties had the capacity to do so.
Thus, the physical force resulting in visible physical injury is not always seen. This stereotype can be damaging because people who have experienced sexual assault but have no physical trauma may be less inclined to report to the authorities or to seek health care. However, women who experienced rape or physical violence by a partner were more likely than people who had not experienced this violence to report frequent headaches, chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, activity limitation, poor physical health, and poor mental health.
Sexual Assault Statistics
The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, released information highlighting sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence in Kentucky. As of 2010:
- 345,000 or 20.3%, Kentucky women have been raped.
- 812,000 or 47.7%, Kentucky women have experienced sexual violence.
- 313,000 or 19.6%, of men in Kentucky have experienced sexual violence.
- 420,000 or 24.7% of women in Kentucky were victims of stalking.
- 638,000 or 37.5% of Kentucky women have been raped, stalked, &/or experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
- 495,000 or 31% of Kentucky men have been raped, stalked, &/or experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
Legal Help For Victims of Sexual Assault
Victims of sexual assault might be eligible to pursue compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, and other damages in connection with the assault. The assailant might be liable, the owner of the property where the attack happened, or the organization that employed the person may all bear some responsibility for what happened, and you may be able to hold them accountable.
At Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, our team of experienced Kentucky personal injury attorneys will fight for you to secure maximum compensation if you’ve been the victim of sexual assault. We are nationally recognized for our track record of exceptional results and a long history of serving people with integrity and skill. Our firm will do what it takes to protect your rights and help you get your life back.
Call today to learn more how we can help you. We are standing by to listen to you and help you in your time of need. Contact us at (859) 550-2900 to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.