Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Adult survivors of sexual abuse face unique challenges that are different from those faced by children. One of the main differences between child sexual assault survivors and adult sexual assault survivors is the element of time. While children may have a difficult time understanding what has happened to them or may block out the memories, adult survivors have had more time to process and comprehend their experiences. This can lead to a complex range of emotions, including shame, guilt, anger, fear, and numbness.

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If you or a loved one is an adult survivor of sexual abuse, we can help. You may have a claim against the person who assaulted you, or against other people who can be found responsible.

Beyond receiving financial compensation for what happened to you, legal actions can seek other remedies which may help you achieve a sense of closure, including official apologies, transformative institutional change, and disciplinary action against any professionals involved in the abuse.

Our sexual assault lawyers care about you as an individual and will always treat you as more than a just a case. We consider our clients to be like our family. In addition to our professional legal services, our lawyers and staff make a point to develop deep connections with you and your loved ones so that we can support you on your healing journey well beyond time spent on legal proceedings.

Another challenge faced by adult survivors is the societal stigma surrounding sexual abuse. Even in today's society where discussions about consent and sexual violence are becoming more prevalent, there still exists a level of shame and blame placed on survivors. This can make it difficult for adult survivors to come forward and seek help, as they may fear being judged or not believed.

Furthermore, many adult survivors of sexual abuse may have also experienced multiple forms of abuse, such as emotional, physical, or psychological abuse in addition to sexual abuse. This can further complicate their experiences and lead to a complex array of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sexual assault on adults can impact on their relationships and intimate partnerships. Survivors may have difficulty trusting others or forming healthy boundaries due to their experiences of abuse. This can also affect their sexual relationships, as they may struggle with intimacy and managing triggers related to past trauma.

It's important to note that each survivor's experience is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing. However, it's essential for society as a whole to recognize and understand these challenges faced by adult survivors of sexual abuse in order to provide the necessary support and resources for their recovery.

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At Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein Lawyers, we recognize and respect the sensitivity of personal information.

Understandably, you may have concerns about your privacy. We can take steps to protect your privacy, even in court, by beginning your case with your initials instead of your name.

Taking that first step to contact a law firm to discuss how you were hurt by sexual abuse can be challenging, but when that call is made to Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein you can trust it will be received with all the compassion, professionalism and respect that you need and deserve.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.