Childhood Sexual Abuse
Children are often innocent victims of sexual assault.
It's an unfortunate fact that both girls and boys are sexually abused by the adults responsible for their care. The perpetrators are people who gain a child’s trust, only to destroy that trust in the most horrific ways.
If you were sexually assaulted as a child, your life has probably been affected in many ways. Almost everything about you may have suffered – your relationships, your education, and your career may have all been hurt by the childhood trauma.
Survivors of childhood sexual assault often live their whole lives not understanding where the pain comes from. Why they haven't accomplished much with their lives. Why they keep turning to drugs or alcohol. Many people come to a realization, often well into adulthood, that the pain they've had their whole lives is rooted in the sexual abuse they endured as children.
Sometimes, exploring the possibility of taking action against the abuser(s) is an important part of the healing process. Whether or not you ultimately decide to sue the perpetrator(s) is your choice. We help give you the information you need to make the choice that's right for you.
Do I have a Claim?
If you were sexually assaulted as a child, you may have a claim against the person who assaulted you, or against other people who can be found responsible.
- a Children’s Aid Society may be held responsible for sexual abuse by a foster parent
- a church may be held responsible for a priest’s abuse
- a sports franchise may be held responsible for abuse by a coach
There are many situations where others can, and should be, held responsible because they either didn't do anything about abuse they were aware of, or they didn't provide proper supervision, allowing the abuse to happen.
We have been successful in obtaining compensation for our clients in many situations where the abuse occurred decades ago and the perpetrators were deceased. Someone else may not have physically committed the abuse, but they may be just as responsible for the pain you have endured throughout your life.
It is important to realize that even if the sexual assaults happened years ago, you may still be able to report the assaults to police, and/or sue those responsible. We can help you through this often confusing process and fight for the compensation you deserve.
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